Staff

 

 

 

Laurie Stuart is publisher of The River Reporter and has been with the newspaper since 1977. Her belief that promoting dialogue and engagement can help our communities to shape their own destinies is manifest not only in the newspaper, but also in her work as facilitator of the Visioning Committee for the Upper Delaware Corridor. A member of the Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild, she has an artistic bent that finds expression in activities including felt-making, song-writing and singing — a range of interests reflected in the breadth of human affairs covered by the newspaper.

Danielle Gaebel is Assistant Publisher. A long-time Sullivan County resident, her commitment to bettering her community is evident in her participation in Leadership Sullivan, from which she graduated in 2003, and in which she is still actively engaged. Her commitment and leadership qualities have been put to good use at The River Reporter, where she is a passionate voice of inspiration and ideas as to how we may better serve our readership and advertisers alike. She brings over nine years of sales experience to The River Reporter office.





Fritz Mayer is Editor. His background in journalism includes 17 years at CNN, where he held various positions including Executive Producer. He moved from Manhattan to Sullivan County full time in 2001. He reported for WVOS FM for four years, where he covered issues of local importance such as the Sullivan County Landfill, the prospect of casinos opening here and the rapid development of the area. Fritz and his wife Anne Hart own The Cutting Garden antiques store and seasonal cutting garden in Youngsville.



Anne Willard is Assistant Editor and Webmaster. With degrees in Philosophy of Religion from Reed College and Princeton University, and experience in Wall Street economic research, she brings to the paper a breadth of knowledge and analytical ability that have helped her sharpen the focus of our editorial pages and the copyediting or our community and leisure pages. She writes most of our editorials. Prior to coming to the newspaper she spent a number of years in free-lance web design and programming, abilities she has used to redesign of this site and develop the company's online presence.
 
Mary Greene is associate editor. She has a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Poetry from Brooklyn College. She began her long association with The River Reporter with a poetry column in the early 90s. She is an avid student of the English language and puts her skills to use in creating flow and accuracy in the weekly paper. She also oversees the special sections and is pleased to be staff coordinator for Amphibian and Teen Amphibian, the journal for kids by kids. She has long contributed articles and features to The River Reporter, and she raised a daughter in the Sullivan West school system. She is founder and director of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective.


Richard Ross is Sports and Youth Editor. A teacher of English and Journalism for 36 years, 17 of them in Livingston Manor, he continues to serve young people in his River Reporter coverage, which publicizes and honors the youth of the area in all areas of endeavor. He is an inspiring force behind our "Amphibian" supplements, which showcase art and literature by schoolchildren. Richard's dedication to the youth of this region and his enthusiasm for sports manifest themselves in an exceptional range of coverage that is as zestful and affectionate as it is thoughtful.







Sandy Long is a staff writer with a focus on environmental and cultural issues. Her interest in how these issues are playing out regionally led to a five-year stint as a columnist and feature writer for The River Reporter before coming on board full-time in June 2006 and adding news coverage into her mix. With a BA in English from Wilkes University; a background in college administration, marketing, publications and public relations; as well as years of freelance writing, Sandy has refined a writing style and personal vision influenced by her interaction with the natural world. She is a poet, photographer and gardener who enjoys singing, playing guitar and piano, reading and indulging in outdoor activities.
 






Tom Kane is Staff Writer. His extraordinarily varied life experience includes a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in English, several professorships, public relations work with the NYC Board of Education, teaching English in Jeffersonville, and singing with the Delaware Valley Opera Company. He is currently coordinator for the Visioning Committee for the Upper Delaware Corridor. His abilities in the liberal arts and engagement in the betterment of the community give a distinctive voice to his articles on the arts, politics, and affairs of the river valley.
Jennifer Bitetto came to The River Reporter in 2006 to join the Sales Department as an Advertising Consultant. Originally from the Hudson Valley, Jennifer spent the last four years as a Regional Advisor for an International Visa Program in Philadelphia before settling here in the Delaware River Valley. She is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and holds a BA in Sociology. Jennifer's professional experience, enthusiasm and humor have made her an important asset to the sales team and the Sullivan County business community.


Emily Grillo is Advertising Consultant and NYSCAN Director. She came to The River Reporter with a degree in Communications from the University of Scranton, where she honed the writing skills that produce the smart, innovative advertising copy she writes for the paper. A long-time resident of Pennsylvania, she has been a strong advocate for our Pennsylvania constituency and a catalyst for our increasing involvement in the affairs, businesses, and people on the western shore of the Delaware.

 

Eileen Hennessey is the Classified Representative and Advertising Consultant. Her interest in people and dedication to helping them is evident in her participation in a number of local organizations including the Women’s Club of Cochecton, the Grover Herman Ladies Auxiliary and the Cochecton Center Community Club. This same spirit of service and personal engagement informs her work with the individuals and businesses whom she helps to offer their goods and services through The River Reporter.

   

Connie Kern is Production Manager. She combines an awesome degree of efficiency and speed with an artistic talent developed and refined at the Parsons School of Design, from which she received a BFA. Her skill and imagination are manifested weekly in a wide variety of advertising designs, in the layout of the overall newspaper, and in the production of a variety of other publications issued by the company. A rock of reliability and competence, she is the keystone of the newspaper's production capacities.




Jean Kerrigan is our Circulation Clerk, and has been with the paper since 1987. Narrowsburg born and bred, she contributes time to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance, the Tusten Historical Society and the Women’s Community Club of Cochecton. Her deep community ties and long-time familiarity with our subscriber base provide the paper with a valuable line of communication to our readership.



Doug Knight is Circulation Manager. He brings a varied background in business, finance and software engineering to the tasks of maintaining our subscriber database and the distribution of The River Reporter and our special sections through a dedicated staff of delivery personnel and a region-wide network of vendor locations. He relocated to the river valley from the New York City area, where he worked for Verizon for 10 years as a senior computer specialist in logistics management and then spent several years as the chief software architect for an inernet-based business-to-business website. circulation@riverreporter.com

The River Reporter is published by Stuart Communications, Inc., PO Box 150, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

Publication date is weekly on Thursdays.

The newspaper is a member of the New York Press Association and the National Newspaper Association.

Opinions expressed by the editors and writers are their own and are not necessarily the views of the publisher or the advertisers. The appearance of advertisements does not constitute an endorsement of the firms, products or services.

The River Reporter maintains offices at 93 Erie Ave., Narrowsburg, New York, telephone 845/252-7414, FAX 845/252-3298. Its mailing address is PO Box 150, Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Subscription address changes should include both the old and new address.

The River Reporter is the official newspaper of Sullivan County; towns of Cochecton, Highland, Bethel and Tusten; Eldred, Sullivan West and BOCES school districts; Delaware Valley Arts Alliance; and Tusten Cochecton Library.

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