What We Cover
Comprehensive local coverage of Newark, N.J. Featuring local news and events, business listings, blogs, discussions, announcements, photos and videos.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Paul Milo, Editor
Paul Milo, co-editor of Newark Patch, studied philosophy at Montclair State University immediately prior to starting in journalism in 1998. Milo, a Lodi native, has spent his entire career covering Essex County communities. He has won nearly a dozen state press awards, including an award for a story debunking rumors that coffee shop workers were seen celebrating immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks and another award for an editorial critical of questionable campaign tactics used during a Belleville election.
Mike D'Onofrio, Contributor, Editor
Mike D'Onofrio is editor of the Montclair Patch.
Phone: (973) 507-6491.
Deborah Bell, Editor
An alumna of Middlesex County College and Rutgers University, Deborah Bell started her career in New York as an assistant editor for a business magazine and a human rights magazine. She honed her skills for a variety of weekly newspapers, then worked for her hometown paper, the News Tribune. When that paper was consumed by Gannett, she was hired by the hybrid, the Home News Tribune, and moved on to the Trentonian.
Bell has also written for a variety of publications since her college days, and has won several New Jersey Press Association awards for investigative reporting and reporting in the public interest.
Edward Van Embden, Contributor, Editor
A former Staff Writer for the Press of Atlantic City, I have more than five years of fulltime experience covering local and regional news and sports. Born and raised in southern New Jersey - even attending college there - Red Bank and this part of the state is relatively new to me. I'm going to use this to my advantage and learn everything about the area that I can. The coverage I provide will be interesting and comprehensive. There's a story in everything, and I'm going to find it.
Madhavi Saifee, Contributor, Editor, Sales, Sales_ops
Madhavi Saifee is a Regional Publisher for Patch in Northern NJ. She is excited to join the Patch team and comes with indepth experience in the online news industry.
James Kleimann, Contributor, Editor
Welcome to Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch! I'm your editor, James Kleimann. We're here to be your one-stop-shop for all things Ridgewood and Glen Rock.
- E-mail address is email@example.com
- Phone number is (201) 364-3232
- Originally from Wyckoff, NJ
- A twin
- Yankee fanatic with sabermetric leanings (I like baseball math)
Rebecca Hughes, Ad Sales
Rebecca has spent most of her career in and around music, having held licensing positions at eMusic, The Orchard, Sony Music, and Universal Music. She loves taking long drives with her husband while they use the car stereo to critique all kinds of music, both new and old. She is a die-hard Devils fan who has traveled around the world, and now lives two blocks from the New Jersey hospital where she was born. These days she’s trying to do her best to balance motherhood with the hockey season and rock concert schedules, and can’t wait until her son is old enough to go to both!
Warren Westura, Contributor
Warren Westura brings more than 30 years of photography experience. He's been published by New Jersey Newsphotos, the *New York Times*, American Profile, Madison Square Garden, the* Daily Record, *the *Bergen Record*, Starbucks and the Associated Press. Contact him at photographybywestura.com.
Mike Dennis, Contributor
Claire Sommer, Contributor
Jersey born and raised, Claire is a Rutgers grad and has called West Orange home with her husband since 2003. After several corporate communications stints, she went freelance as Kayak Media in 1999. If she's not in her Pleasantdale home office writing web copy and marketing materials for her clients, she's probably in the garden. Contact her to talk about gardening and greener living at here at Patch or KayakMedia.com.
Liz Moore, Contributor, Blogger
Liz Moore is a former Regional Editor for Patch and also spent 15 years as a reporter for The Star Ledger. Previous to that, she was a reporter at The Oregonian newspaper.
She is a native of Southern California and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Liz currently works as a public relations professional and lives in West Caldwell with her family.
Sharon Adarlo, Contributor
Sharon Adarlo worked at the Star-Ledger for five years, moving up rapidly from news clerk to staff reporter before leaving in May 2010.
Her last assignment was to cover crime and public safety in Newark, a place she knows intimately and is proud to call home.
Before becoming a Newark crime reporter, Sharon covered everything under the sun: beekeeping, knitting classes, Sikh festivals, torrential floods, town meetings, plane crashes, fires, and missing pets - which were her often most popular reports.
During the course of her job, Sharon got to interview Hillary Clinton, Al Sharpton, Philip Roth, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, LeVar Burton, and other famous folks.
These days, Sharon is a freelance writer/reporter and artist/designer. Basically, she loves to tell stories and make stuff.
For Patch, she is a sub-editor for various sites, including Newark.
As a short, bespectacled Asian girl with very long hair, you can easily spot her in any public meeting.
Marcia Worth, Contributor, Editor
Before becoming South Orange Patch editor, Marcia Worth spent a year writing and guest-editing a number of local Patch sites.
Essex County Patch Staff, Contributor
What is Patch?
Simply put, Patch is an innovative way to find out about, and participate in, what's going on near you.
We're a community-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by passionate and experienced new media professionals. Patch is revolutionizing the way neighbors connect with each other, their communities, and the national conversation.
We want to be the most trusted, comprehensive, and relevant news and information resource in your community. What can you do on Patch?
- Keep up with news and events
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- Participate in discussions
- Share your perspectives via our Local Voices blogging platform
- Submit your own announcements, photos, and reviews
Who's Behind Patch?
Patch is run by professional editors, photographers, videographers, and salespeople who live in the regions they serve, and is supported by a great team in our New York City headquarters. Patch also gets advice from our Advisory Board and from many members of the community.
We look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories. If you see us around town, don't be afraid to say hi and tell us what you want to see on Patch!
Where You Come In
We hope that our sites will strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can't do it without you. We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events to the community calendar. So get to it! And if you're a business owner who wants to be listed, just let us know.
You can't truly serve a community unless you provide the help it needs most, which is why giving back is so important to us. We do it as part of our coverage — in a dedicated space that lets local charities and volunteers find each other — and with a program called "Give 5," through which we donate advertising space to charitable organizations and contribute our own time as volunteers. Want to know more? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.