Jackie Hai is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with degrees in journalism and philosophy. She lives near Boston and runs a company that does web development for community media.
Darren Lone Fight is a graduate student in American Studies. He lives in Easthampton, Mass., and teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Lone Fight is from North Dakota, where he was a reporter at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Grand Forks Herald daily newspaper. DarrenLoneFight@gmail.com
Natalia Munoz was a staff reporter for the daily newspaper in Springfield, Mass., before returning to her native Puerto Rico, where she was a reporter for eight years for English- and Spanish-language newspapers. That was followed by three years as a stringer for the Associated Press in Barcelona, Spain, before she returned to Massachusetts in 2004 to re-join the staff of the Springfield Republican daily newspaper. She lives in Northampton. www.NataliaMunoz.com
Ilene Roizman is a self-employed writer and editor in Amherst. From the late 1980s until 2004, she worked as a writer in New York. She was a staff editor and writer at the East Hampton Star, a locally owned, award-winning weekly newspaper that has been published continuously for more than 100 years. Among other publications, she contributed to the award-winning Southampton Press weekly newspaper. IleneRoizman@comcast.net
Chris Russell lives in Amherst. His newswriting has appeared in the Hampshire Gazette, the daily newspaper in Northampton. cRussell1973@gmail.com
Clara Rose Thornton writes a weekly column for the Rutland Herald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper. She lives in Bellows Falls, Vt. Thornton’s writing on the arts and social issues has appeared in national magazines and newspapers. A portfolio, and information on the writing, editing and workshop services she offers, are at www.ClaraRoseThornton.com.
Eesha Williams won the Vermont Press Association's Mavis Doyle Award for best investigative journalism published in any of the state's daily and weekly newspapers. Williams covered the Pioneer Valley as a staff reporter for Northeast Public Radio. To read reviews of Williams's book, "Grassroots Journalism" please click here. Reviews of his book "Good News: Local Journalism That Made a Difference" are here. Info on his wife's farm is here.
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