What We Cover
Area Covered: Arlington, Massachusetts (Arlington, MA) (Arlington, Mass.)
Local Government: Town Meeting; Board of Selectmen
High Schools: Arlington High School, Arlington Catholic High School
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Mark Ouellette, Editor
Mark Ouellette has spent the past several years reporting for daily and weekly newspapers (and their respective websites) in New Hampshire, including The Milford Cabinet, Merrimack Journal, Hollis/Brookline Journal, Bedford Journal, The Telegraph of Nashua and the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He also served as the founder, co-owner, managing editor and web editor of the former New Hampshire news website, NHReporter.com.
Andrew Sylvia, Editor
Andrew Sylvia is the local editor of the Westford and Chelmsford Patch.
He has written at least one piece for every Patch in Massachusetts north of Boston and has had bylines in more than a dozen newspapers in Vermont and New Hampshire, including The Telegraph of Nashua, the Milford Cabinet, Bedford Journal, the Hollis-Brookline Journal, the Keene Sentinel, the Pelham-Windham News, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. He also has contributed to various websites such as NHReporter.com, Ehow and the New Hampshire Sports Report after receiving a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Keene State College in 2004.
Bill Gilman, Community Editor
Bill is 45 years old, married with two teen sons. Bill has been in journalism 23 years at various daily and weekly publications in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He got his start in sports journalism, but his heart is in hometown community coverage.
Roberto Scalese, Associate Regional Editor
Patch Associte Regional Editor Roberto Scalese has spent the last 12 years working as a writer and editor. A lifelong Revere resident, he graduated from Clark Univeristy with a degree in Philosophy.
John Waller, Contributor, Editor
Kerri Dale, Calendar Editor
Kerri Dale lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and two children. After being a stay at home mom for 16 years she is very excited to be a part of Patch. She enjoys spending time with her family, boating and jetskiing.
Matt Giorgio, Sales
Matthew Nucifora, Sales
Nathan Robillard, Advertising Manager
Nathan grew up in central New Hampshire and eventually moved to MA for College. He graduated with a BS in Media Communication and eventually moved to Boston where he started his career in media marketing and sales. He is an active runner, skier and beachgoer; basically if it happens in the outdoors, he's interested.
Grant Mukaï, Contributor
Grant began his interest in broadcast journalism when he was in high school after volunteering with a local television station in Northern Virginia. During his college days, Grant was a reporter for Boston University Television's Inside Boston, a student-run news show. He also worked for Kitay Productions at the Agganis Arena in Boston doing video production during sports events.
This past spring, Grant was an intern at WGBH (PBS) as the Antiques Roadshow Web Intern. He has also interned with Public Synergies and Rpublictv in Asnières-Sur-Seine, France (a suburb of Paris). Through this internship, Grant produced a variety of projects including multimedia presentations for a convention. He was also given the opportunity to see how the industry operates outside North America.
Les Masterson, Senior Regional Editor
Les Masterson has been in journalism for more than 15 years, most of it in community journalism, including two years as regional editor overseeing 14 sites on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. He also served for seven years as editor of The Arlington Advocate. He has been recognized by the New England Press Association, Massachusetts Press Association and American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors for his work.
David Ertischek, Local Editor
David Ertischek was most recently the editor of the West Roxbury and Roslindale Transcripts for about a year before launching West Roxbury Patch. Prior to that he was the editor of local paper in Watertown for a year, and was a reporter/assistant editor/sports editor for the Transcripts for several years before his Watertown gig.
Franklin Tucker, Contributor, Editor, Reporting
Franklin Tucker has been a Belmontonian for the past 17 years. He's spent the last two decades as an editor and has won five New England regional journalism awards. Franklin is looking forward to using his experience and background to have a positive impact on the people of and institutions in Belmont as the Belmont Patch editor.
Robert Marra, Contributor
Bob Marra is a 1977 graduate of Boston University's College of Communication, where he majored in Journalism. An attorney by profession, (Suffolk University Law School, 1981), he recently has renewed his passion for photography, especially sports and weddings. Bob is a lifelong resident of Revere, where he currently serves on the City's License Commission and as chairman of the Revere Community Media Center, the city's community access television station. Besides photography, he enjoys bicycling, writing, his wife's yoga class, and classical music. Bob also serves as president of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, which plays its concerts at Swampscott High School. Bob and Janine also keep busy with their dogs Milo and Erin and their cat Seconda.
Jay Oza, Contributor, Copyeditor
Jay has been a Patch writer since September, 2010.
He's also a high school English and Journalism teacher in Lawrence, MA.
Jay earned his Master's degree at Northeastern University and his Bachelor's at UMass-Dartmouth.
Danielle Masterson, Contributor
Since graduating from Boston University, Danielle has had two successful careers in news writing and teaching at the elementary school level. She loves to listen to music, crochet and read. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and their two dogs, Jake and Chloe.
Michele Taranto, Contributor, Editor
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Phil Meyer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in Journalism in the spring of 2008. He joined the Journalism School in 1981 and served as Knight Chair in Journalism Professor from 1993-2008. Prior to joining the school, he held a number of reporter and research positions at various media outlets.
He has won numerous awards including the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Research About Journalism (with Scott Maier). He was named a Fellow of Society of Professional Journalists in 2005. In 2004, the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him its Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award. And in 2000 he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.
Meyer is the author of several books including The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age and Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods. Journalism Quarterly in 2000 listed this book as one of the 35 significant books of the 20th century in journalism and mass communication; and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, observing its 50th anniversary in 1996, listed it as one of 50 significant books on public opinion research.
He received his B.S. in technical journalism from Kansas State University and his M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Steven Berlin Johnson is a pioneer in the web world, as a co-founder of FEED, Plastic.com, and Outside.in, which was acquired by Patch in March of 2011. He also co-created Findings.com, which launched in late 2011. Steven was the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School at Columbia University, and served for several years as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Journalism School. He is a bestselling author of seven books, and won acclaim and a Newhouse School Mirror Award for his 2010 Time Magazine cover story, "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live."
Speaking of Steven's editorial prowess, check out this video based on Steven's book, Where Good Ideas Come From, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Economist.
Brian Farnham, Founding Editor-in-Chief
Brian was Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York magazine before coming to Patch. Before that he worked for a variety of publications both online and off, including Details magazine, New York Magazine, and the old, dearly departed Sidewalk.com. He has written for numerous publications, from the New York Times magazine to Harper's Bazaar. He graduated from Bowdoin College and got an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University so he could put his novel in a drawer with distinction. He lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife, adorable son, angelic daughter and the world's most dog-like cat. He’s proud as hell of what the Patch team has built.
Ken Paulson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Amendment Center
Ken Paulson is president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.
Throughout his career, Paulson has drawn on his background as both a journalist and lawyer, serving as the editor or managing editor of newspapers in five different states.
He also is past-president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news media leaders.
Paulson also was the host of the Emmy-honored television program “Speaking Freely,” seen in more than 60 PBS markets nationwide over five seasons, and the author of "Freedom Sings," a multimedia stage show celebrating the First Amendment that continues to tour the nation's campuses.
He was an early advocate of making newspaper content available online, launching online newspapers in both Florida and New York in 1993.
For 12 years, Paulson was a regular guest lecturer at the American Press Institute, speaking to more than 5,000 journalists about First Amendment issues. He was honored with the API Lifetime Service Award. In 2010 and 2011, he served as chair of the PBS Editorial Standards Review Committee.
In 2007, Paulson was named fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, “the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.” In 2008, he received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications from the Southern Regional Press Institute. He has also been elected to the Illini Publishing Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from American University.