What We Cover
Area Covered: Burlington
Local Government: Town Meeting, Board of Selectmen
High Schools: Burlington High School, Shawsheen Valley Tech High School
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Richard Hosford, Contributor, Editor, Blogger
Richard Hosford got his first news job as a writer in 2007 for the weekly newspaper, The Auburn News, published by Stonebridge Press, a news company out of Southbridge, Mass. The job was general assignment reporting of Auburn, Mass, and Rich covered issues including town politics, the happenings at the local schools, charity events and breaking news.
After working for a bit over a year, Rich decided to go back to school to get a better understanding of his chosen field. He entered into a Masters program at Northeastern University in Journalism and Public Policy Analysis, which is finished in the summer of 2009.
After graduating he went back to Stonebridge Press and worked for a time at the company's Villager Newspapers in Northeastern Connecticut. He then moved to Stonebridge Press's flagship daily paper, the Southbridge Evening News, before coming onboard with Patch.
Rich is excited to be working for Burlington Patch!
Christopher Gambon, Contributor, Editor
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.
Danielle Masterson, Community Editor
Danielle Masterson is the Community Editor for several Patch sites in Massachusetts, including Woburn. Between 2010 and 2012, she served as the Woburn Patch Local Editor.
Danielle graduated from Boston University's broadcast journalism program in 1999, then joined the Stoneham Sun as a full-time reporter. After five years with the Sun, as both reporter and editor, she left journalism to teach elementary school. Danielle obtained her master's degree from the University of Massachusetts – Boston while teaching in Malden. She also taught sixth grade in Marblehead, before jumping back into community journalism with Patch.
Ryan O'Connor, Contributor, Editor
I am an avid community news journalist who has worked in the industry for the greater part of the last six years. Having covered everything from Town Council meetings to state high school tennis championships, my experience has provided me a broad-spectrum of knowlege with which I'll use daily as local editor of Patch.com Bedford.
Matt Schooley, Editor
A 2007 graduate of Springfield College, Matt Schooley took over as the local editor for Wilmington Patch at the beginning of 2011. Prior to starting with Patch, Matt was an award-winning staff writer at Neighborhood News, Inc., based in Manchester, New Hampshire. At Neighborhood News, Matt covered board meetings, high school sports and anything that was interesting in the community. With Patch, Matt looks forward to providing in-depth coverage of breaking news, features and sports. He is also excited to meet the people of Wilmington and show them why Patch is their home for everything local.
Nadine Wandzilak, Contributor, Editor
Nadine Wandzilak has practiced community journalism for about a dozen years, in Reading, Stoneham, Middleton and Melrose. She has covered those communities top to bottom, from meetings to features to obituaries, writing about civic issues and other things that residents tell her are important to them. That could be a proposed change in a municipal policy, for example, and residents' reactions, or a feature about an interesting resident or group, someone celebrating a milestone anniversary or someone doing something "ordinary" with a unique twist.
Wandzilak graduated from Boston University's then-named School of Public Communication with a bachelor of science degree in journalism.
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.
John Spoto, Contributor, Blogger
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Sarah Cawley, Contributor
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.