What We Cover
East Windsor, Hightstown and Cranbury, NJ.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Adam Hochron, Editor
I have spent much of my professional life in local reporting. Having started out six years ago covering hard news at a local paper in Somerset County I spent six months working for the National Wrestling Coaches Association before returning to local news. For the past four years I was the sports reporter for a local paper in Point Pleasant covering two schools and watching athletes go from high school rookies to college student athletes and beyond.
For the last three years I have been married to my wonderful wife Allyson and in August we welcomed our beautiful daughter Erin to the world. Now my hobbies include being a dad and a husband, but in my spare time I am somewhat proud to be fan of the New York Mets while also supporting the other local New York sports teams.
After covering the Gulls and the Panthers for the past four years, I'm looking forward to seeing what Rebel pride is all about and getting more familiar with the town I have lived in for the last two and a half years.
Katrina Rossos, Editor
Katrina graduated Tulane University with a Bachelors of Arts in English and Film Studies. Living in the culturally rich city of New Orleans for four years has served to spark her creative spirit and caused her to pursue her passion--writing. She was the Intern-at-Large for New Jersey Life Magazine for six months where she researched, edited and wrote articles for the online website and publication. She has freelanced for Patch.com since February 2010 and is extremely pleased to become a full-time part of the Patch team as Local Editor.
Katrina grew up in Millstone Township, New Jersey, where she currently resides, and loves to spend her free time down the shore.
Davy James, Editor
Davy James is the Editor of South Brunswick Patch. He is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and he was raised in East Windsor. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies with honors.
Davy began his career in journalism working for Packet Publications, where he worked as a reporter for the South Brunswick Post for three years. He also covered the school beat for the Cranbury Press for one year.
Davy is an avid sports fan, football junky and somewhat proud season ticket holder for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, where his hopes are perennially crushed by the football team.
Anthony Bellano, Editor
I'm Anthony Bellano, your galloway.patch.com editor. I can be reached by e-mail at Anthony.Bellano@patch.com or by phone at (609) 277-1029. I was born on July 3, 1979 in Pittsburgh, and moved to New Jersey when I was two years old.
Greta Cuyler, Editor
Greta Cuyler is the editor of Princeton Patch. She grew up in Massachusetts but has always considered Princeton her second home because so many of her relatives have lived or still live here. Greta is excited to be launching Princeton Patch and looks forward to a long and successful collaboration with Princeton and its environs.
Amy Byrnes, Editor
Amy Byrnes has lived in Monmouth County for over 30 years and loves that there are always new things to discover here. Her path to Patch was as direct as trying to find a parking spot at the Monmouth Mall on Black Friday. A Red Bank Catholic High School grad who majored in journalism at the University of Delaware, Amy helped launch Mirabella magazine as a member of its merchandising department. After starting a family, she decided to get back to journalism and worked for a number of area community newspapers like The Hub, the Asbury Park Press "Red Bank Reporter," and the Monmouth Journal. This summer she got to go for a ride in the Horizon blimp down the coast on assignment and decided that getting paid to do cool stuff is excellent. Most recently, Amy has reported on small business issues online for BusinessNewsDaily.com.
When she's not out playing Brenda Starr, Amy has found herself at times serving as a PTO president and Board of Education member and occasional brownie baker and perennial Girl Scout leader. She also manages the ever-changing moods of three teenagers, a heartbreakingly-sweet 8-year-old, a super-hairy golden retriever and a cat she found half dead in her garage last year who now stares imperiously from her perch on the couch and owns a Snuggie.
John Saccenti, Contributor, Editor, Blogger
I have more than 10 years of writing and editing experience, both as an employee with the Princeton Packet and as a freelance writer in Central New Jersey. IMy work has appeared in Newsweek.com, National Business Employment Weekly, U.S. 1 newspaper and elsewhere. As a former news editor and managing editor, I have extensive experience writing editorials, columns and headlines and in newspaper layout.
Rachel Gillett, Contributor, Editor
Meaghan Donchak, Contributor, Editor
Cara Lucivero, Sales
Jamie Shuali, Contributor, Sales
Jamie hails from Jersey City, New Jersey and is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing at Rutgers University. Jamie is equipped with experience in the NYC film and TV industry and years of non-profit sales under her belt. She is thrilled to be at Patch and to work with you. If you are interested in advertising or partnering with Patch please contact her at 212-402-4608 or email@example.com
Liz Dwyer, Contributor, Sales
Liz Dwyer is the Advertising Manager for East Brunswick, New Brunswick, South Brunswick and Woodbridge Patch. Liz has spent the past 25 years in marketing and advertising at various local community publications. She was born and raised in Middlesex County, and currently resides in neighboring North Brunswick. If you see me in town, please say hello. If you have an questions, please feel free to call me at 732-823-7322.
Tara G, Sales
Joanne White, Contributor, Sales
Joanne has over 15 years of community news marketing and advertising experience in the Princeton Area. Her patch sites include Princeton, Lawrenceville and East Windsor. In her spare time she loves to golf and play tennis. She resides in Hightstown with two children Dylan and Matthew.
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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.