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News Staff

Editors

Payton North

Executive Editor

As Executive Editor, Payton oversees the production of Reminder Publishing’s editorial products, including all of The Reminder’s weekly newspapers, as well as Reminder Publishing’s daily newspaper, the Westfield News, and monthly publications PRIME Magazine and Go Local Magazine. She also contributes opinion columns to the publications. Payton also serves as a host on The Reminder’s podcast, “So That Reminds Me.”

Chris Maza

Managing Editor, Hampden County East

As Managing Editor of the Hampden County East publications, Chris is the primary editor for the East Longmeadow Reminder, the Ludlow/Monson Reminder and the Springfield Reminder. Chris also contributes occasional opinion columns for the weekly editions, as well as reporting in each of the publications he oversees. Chris also serves as a host on The Reminder’s podcast, “So That Reminds Me”.

Dennis Hackett

Managing Editor, Hampshire County

As managing editor for the Hampshire County publications, Dennis oversees content for the Hampshire Reminder and the Chicopee-Holyoke Herald. Dennis writes occasional opinion columns and reports for each of the editions he oversees. Dennis also serves as a host on The Reminder’s podcast, “So That Reminds Me”.

Michael Ballway

Managing Editor, Hampden County West

As managing editor of the Hampden County West publications, Michael is the primary editor for the Original Pennysaver and the Agawam Reminder, as well as the Westfield News. Michael also contributes occasional reporting in each of the publications he oversees.

Debbie Gardner

Editor, Prime Magazine

Debbie is the editor of PRIME Magazine, Reminder Publishing’s monthly lifestyle magazine for those 45 and older. This publication is available at sites throughout the Pioneer Valley and northern Connecticut.

Chris Putz

Westfield News Sports Editor

Chris is the Sports Editor for The Westfield News. He also coordinates sports photography for The Reminder weeklies. Catch him attending sporting events in our communities! Chris also takes sports photos for the Palmer/Monson Reminder. 

Lauren LeBel

Editor, Go Local and Special Projects

Lauren LeBel is the editor for Reminder Publishing’s monthly magazine Go Local. In addition, she assists in editing the weekly newspapers and curates content for every special section The Reminder produces. Previously, Lauren was a staff writer, covering the communities of Chicopee, Springfield, Monson, Palmer, Agawam and West Springfield.

Hampden County East Staff

Bill Zito

Staff Writer, Hampden County East

Bill Zito primarily covers government-related issues, local, state and otherwise that impact the communities in Hampden County East coverage areas, including Springfield, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Hampden, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Belchertown, Monson, Ware, Palmer, Brimfield, Hardwick, Warren, Wales and Holland. This includes local executive and legislative bodies as well as activity by state and federal lawmakers representing the region.

Sarah Heinonen

Staff Writer, Hampden County East

Sarah Heinonen primarily covers social issues, community and economic development and community initiatives for the Hampden County East coverage areas, including Springfield, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Hampden, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Belchertown, Monson, Ware, Palmer, Brimfield, Hardwick, Warren, Wales and Holland.

Laura Mason

Staff Writer, Hampden County East

Laura Mason primarily covers education and related issues in the Hampden County East coverage areas, including Springfield, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Hampden, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Belchertown, Monson, Ware, Palmer, Brimfield, Hardwick, Warren, Wales and Holland. This includes, but is not limited to, elementary and secondary education policy, building projects, and school-specific initiatives, as well as higher education issues of import to these communities.

Hampshire County Staff

Ryan Feyre

Staff Writer, Hampshire County

Ryan Feyre is the lead reporter for the Hampshire County Reminder, which covers Amherst, Easthampton, Northampton and the surrounding communities. His primary beat is Northampton and Easthampton. He also writes the occasional local music review for the Dining & Entertainment page.

Trent Levakis

Staff Writer, Hampshire County

Trent Levakis is a staff writer for the Chicopee-Holyoke Herald, focusing on Holyoke and Granby news. Trent also contributes his writing to the Hampshire County Reminder, primarily focusing on Amherst coverage.

Doc Pruyne

Staff Writer, Hampshire County

Doc Pruyne writes part-time for Reminder Publishing’s Hampshire County Reminder, specializing in the communities of Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Whately, Hatfield, Williamsburg, Chesterfield, Goshen, Worthington and Cummington, Southampton and Westhampton.

Tyler Garnet

Staff Writer, Hampshire County

Tyler Garnet is a staff writer for the Chicopee-Holyoke Herald, focusing primarily on Chicopee and South Hadley news. Tyler also serves as a host on The Reminder’s Podcast, “So That Reminds Me.”

Hampden County West Staff

Cliff Clark

Staff Writer, Hampden County West

Cliff is one of the reporters for the Westfield News and the Original Pennysaver, which covers Blandford, Chester, Otis, Granville, Huntington, Montgomery, Russell/Woronoco, Southwick, Tolland and Westfield. Cliff primarily covers Southwick and Westfield for both the Westfield News and the Original Pennysaver.

Tyler Lederer

Staff Writer, Hampden County West

Tyler reports for the Agawam/West Springfield Reminder, the Original Pennysaver and the Westfield News, which covers Agawam, West Springfield, Blandford, Chester, Otis, Granville, Huntington, Montgomery, Russell/Woronoco, Southwick, Tolland and Westfield. Tyler contributes stories for both Agawam and West Springfield, as well as Westfield.

Mike Lydick

Staff Writer, Hampden County West

Mike Lydick is a part-time staff writer who reports for the Agawam/West Springfield Reminder, the Westfield News and the Original Pennysaver.

Amy Porter

Staff Writer, Hampden County West

Amy is one of the reporters for the Westfield News and the Original Pennysaver, which cover Blandford, Chester, Otis, Granville, Huntington, Montgomery, Russell/Woronoco, Southwick, Tolland and Westfield. Amy primarily covers Westfield and the Hilltowns for the Original Pennysaver and the Westfield News.

News Photographers

Marc St. Onge

Photographer

Marc St. Onge is our staff photographer who takes photos for both the Westfield News and the Reminder weeklies.

Nate Blais

Photographer

Sam Blake

Photographer

Jarod Bolton

Photographer

Branden Bruso

Photographer

Bill Deren

Photographer

Joe Desrosiers

Photographer

David Hosmer

Photographer

Sophie Markham

Photographer

George Skovera

Photographer

Cara Smick

Photographer

Derek Wesley

Photographer