Meet Your Local Patch Team
Jeremie Smith, Contributor, Editor
Jeremie Smith has lived in four states but has always called Massachusetts "home." He received his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Keene State College in New Hampshire and has been working professionally in the field ever since. He has been a news editor and sports editor for daily newspapers in Connecticut as well as a managing editor for a weekly newspaper in the Nutmeg State. While at Keene State, he served as both a sports reporter and editor for the student newspaper, The Equinox. Jeremie is a Boston sports fanatic and enjoys the deep history and strong sense of community many New England towns like Foxborough have.
William Rupp, Contributor, Editor
William (Bill) Rupp has spent most of his career as a community newspaper editor and reporter in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, including stints as managing editor and news editor at the Woonsocket Call and the Pawtucket Times and editor of the weekly Warren Times-Gazette. He has been the recipient of and has led editorial staffs that have been honored with awards from press associations in Rhode Island, New England, and Pennsylvania and the Suburban Newspapers of America. He holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in journalism from Pennsylvania State University and has studied holistic counseling at Salve Regina University. He and his wife, Cyndy, have a blended family with three grown daughters and two grown sons. Reading thriller and mystery books, writing, home renovation projects, and personal fitness take up most of his spare time.
Joseph Hutnak, Local Editor
Joe grew up in Johnston, and graduated from Johnston High School. After high school, he attended Rhode Island College and earned a bachelor's degree in English, then went into professional journalism with the Kent County Daily Times in West Warwick. After stints in Hopkinton and East Greenwich, Joe served as Editor of The Cranston Herald.
In later employment, Joe worked in nonprofit administration, youth programs, and education, before returning to journalism with JohnstonPatch in December, 2010.
Joe headed up the launch of SmithfieldPatch in September, 2012, and works as Editor for both sites.
Michael Hardman, Contributor, Editor
A native of East Bridgewater and a graduate of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, I have been a full time journalist since I was 19 and a sports writer for the New Bedford Standard-Times. My work has appeared in several dailies, including the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Sun Chronicle, Brockton Enterprise and Patriot-Ledger, and weeklies in Massachusetts as both a news and sports editor-writer. I have also been honored by the New England Press Association and the Massachusetts Press Association along with winning national awards.
Jeff Sullivan, Contributor, Editor
Jeff graduated from The University of Rhode Island with a double major in history and journalism. While there, he wrote and edited for the university's student newspaper, The Good Five Cent Cigar. Prior to his time as a local editor with Patch, worked as a freelancer for Sudbury and Wrentham Patch in the fall of 2010, and learned firsthand the methods and modes of Patch.com. At the same time, he wrote for Somerville News as well as other publications.
Daniel Libon, Contributor, Editor
After spending 2009 and 2010 working on political campaigns around Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Dan began writing for a local sports blog called Noontime Sports run by Patch correspondent Matt Noonan. Soon that led to my first jobs as a freelancer for the Foxborough Patch in February 2011. In October 2011, I became a regular freelancer for the Wrentham and the Norton Patch. I have written on everything from the Foxborough casino issue to high school sports to school committee meetings. In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing sports and catching up with friends, running, and reading comics.
Tamara Starr, Contributor, Editor
Tamara was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, but anyone will be surprised to learn that she has always been a hard-core Boston Bruins fan, and she was excited to get her Masters in Broadcast Journalism at Emerson College and witness the big Stanely Cup win at the same time. She holds more than six years of experience working in radio, newspapers, and television stations in New York and Massachusetts.
Jonathan Friedman, Contributor, Editor
Jonathan Friedman grew up in South Florida and has a broadcast journalism degree from Ithaca College.
Jeffrey Pickette, Contributor, Editor
Jeffrey grew up in Stoughton, going to the South Elementary School and O'Donnell Middle School before graduating from Stoughton High in 2006. He graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham in May of 2010. At Brandeis, Jeffrey covered the Brandeis athletic teams for the school's paper, The Justice, and was a part of the basketball broadcast team for the school's radio station, WBRS. During the last two years of college, he was also a staff writer for the Canton Citizen newspaper, covering news, sports and human interest stories. As a senior in high school, he was editor-in-chief of the SHS Knight, Stoughton High's newspaper.
Kelly A. Mello, Community Editor
Kelly graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2006 with a degree in English with a concentration in communications and rhetoric. While at UMass, Kelly contributed to Temper Magazine, and took a journalism course at the Standard Times. After graduation, Kelly was hired as editorial assistant for GateHouse Media, a community newspaper company. In addition to her journalism background, Kelly has also written several theater reviews for SOCO Magazine, a south coast Massachusetts oriented publication. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys reading, kayaking and doing other outdoor activities.
Dan Libon, Contributor, Editor
Debbie Tremblay, Contributor, Editor
Debbie Tremblay, the "Organizing Genie" is a professional organizer & clutter consultant located in Woonsocket, RI. While not working as a calendar editor for Patch, she provides virtual and on-site organizing & coaching services to individuals who wish to simplify, organize and transform their personal and professional lives. You can visit her website at www.organizinggenie.com.
Do you have a question or dilemma regarding organizing? Please send Debbie a message so that she can address them here in this column.
Patrick Maguire, Contributor, Editor
Pat graduated from the University of Delaware in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and Journalism. While at Delaware, Pat worked as the Managing Sports Editor for UD's student newspaper, The Review. He also interned at Delaware Today, a lifestyle magazine in Wilmington, Del., and he wrote sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Sarah Driscoll, Contributor
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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.