Paul Berlejung, our business/office manager, comes to VTDigger.org after a 35-year legal career, the last 24 as a civilian attorney for the U.S. Army. From activities as mundane as answering the phone, to filing required paper work with the State of Vermont, he’s responsible for making the office run smoothly. Self- described as big city kids, Berlejung (from Louisville, Ky.) and his wife, Mary, (from Brooklyn, N.Y.) moved from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., to their off-grid property in Groton in 2006. Since then he’s been involved in multiple community activities including establishing the Groton senior/community meal site, and successful grant writing that has brought more than $150,000 to the town and other local entities.
Michael Knight is the sponsorship director for VTDigger.org. He has more than 10 years experience in developing multi-media marketing strategies for a wide variety of clients. Michael graduated from Johnson State College with a degree in Business and Marketing. He is a member of the Barre Rotary club where he served as club president 2005-06, currently holds a director position on the club’s board and is a member of the International Chess Fellowship of Rotarians. He is also serving on the Green Mountain United Way board and is part of their marketing committee. Michael and his wife, Melinda, have twin daughters and live in Barre Town.
Rick Woods is VTDigger’s co-publisher. He is in charge of the publication’s sponsorship and events programs. Rick taught geography, history, law and current affairs at Mt. Abraham and Vergennes Union High Schools and the Chittenden County Correctional Center. He was Sales Manager (5 years), Circulation Manager (3 years), and General Manager (9 years) at Seven Days Newspaper. He is currently the treasurer for Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates, where he has served as a board member since 2003. He begins work with VTDigger on June 17.
Tom Brown is VTDigger’s assignment editor. He is a native Vermonter with two decades of daily journalism experience. Most recently he managed the editorial website for the Burlington Free Press, Vermont’s largest daily newspaper. He has been a reporter, editor, manager and all-around technology resource at newspapers in Vermont, Utah and Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Journalism from Johnson State College and also attended California State University-Fullerton. He lives in Montpelier and loves to spend time with his teenage son.
Cate Chant is a part-time copyeditor for VTDigger. Her professional life has included various aspects of publishing, including graphic arts, writing and editing. She has lived off and on in Vermont; her latest return was in 2002 after 11 years in western Massachusetts. She had her start in journalism as a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., and was a copy editor there for many years. She was a western Massachusetts stringer for The Boston Globe for 4½ years. Most recently, she was a copy editor for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, where she worked many a Friday and Saturday night with Anne Galloway. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Northfield with her husband, Steve Belitsos, and their twins, Luke and Libby.
Alicia Freese is VTDigger’s political and education reporter. After receiving a B.A. in international relations from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., she worked as a media associate at ReThink Media, an organization building communications capacity amongst progressive foreign policy organizations. While out West, she also wrote for Bay Nature Magazine, a publication covering environmental news in the San Francisco Bay Area. Inspired by the investigative reporting she observed in the foreign policy arena, but eager to return to her home state and re-immerse herself in Vermont politics, she naturally ended up at VTDigger’s doorstep.
Editor and Co-Publisher
Anne Galloway is the founder of VTDigger.org. She serves as the editor and co-publisher of the publication and executive director of the nonprofit Vermont Journalism Trust. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Vermont for 17 years. Galloway was the editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre Times Argus from 2004 to 2009. She began her career in newspapering as a pre-med-student-turned-literature major at the University of Kentucky, when her first feature story was published in the Kentucky Kernel. She moved to her husband’s home state, Vermont, in 1988 and took a job as a staff writer for the Hardwick Gazette and then the Barton Chronicle. For many years, Galloway was a contributing writer for Seven Days Newspaper and a visual arts reviewer for the Times Argus. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times (the Vows column), the New York Daily News, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis). She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Galloway and her husband have two adult children. They live in East Hardwick.
Hilary Niles joins VTDigger as data specialist and business reporter. She returns to New England from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia where she earned a Masters Degree. While there she worked at Investigative Reporters & Editors and covered state and local government for radio, print and the web. She’s been a researcher-in-residence at American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C.; a reporter and community radio program director in the New Hampshire; and, in Boston a public radio producer. She studied English at the University of New Hampshire and documentary writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine. She begins work with VTDigger on June 5.
Andrew Stein is the energy and health care reporter for VTDigger. He was a 2012 fellow at the New England First Amendment Institute and previously worked as a reporter and assistant online editor at the Addison County Independent, where he helped the publication win top state and New England awards for its website. Andrew is a former China Fulbright Research Fellow and a graduate of Kenyon College. As a Fulbright fellow, he researched the junction of Chinese economic, agricultural and environmental policymaking through an analysis of China’s modern tea industry. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has been awarded research grants from Middlebury College and the Freeman Foundation to investigate Chinese environmental policies. A member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, he has also written for outlets like the Associated Press, the Math Association of America’s quarterly journal and Grist.org. When Andrew isn’t writing stories, he can often be found hiking with his wife, fly fishing or brewing beer.
Audrey Clark writes articles on climate change and the environment for VTDigger, including the monthly column Landscape Confidential. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in conservation biology from Prescott College in Arizona, she worked as a field ecology research assistant and college teaching assistant for five years. Among her adventures during that period, Audrey identified tiny flowers while kneeling on the burning ground in the Mojave Desert in the summer, interviewed sea turtle poachers in Africa, and tracked wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. Audrey began studying the nature of Vermont in 2010 and received her master’s of science from the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist Program in 2012. She has worked as a freelance environmental journalist since then. She also works at UVM’s Pringle Herbarium, where she handles 100-year-old plant specimens. Audrey is learning fiddle and scientific illustration and lives in Burlington with her partner, cat, several dozen guppies, a few shrimp, and too many snails.
Jon Margolis, author of The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, left the Chicago Tribune early in 1995 after 23 years as Washington correspondent, sports writer, correspondent-at-large and general columnist. Margolis spent most of his Tribune years in the Washington Bureau as the newspaper’s chief national political correspondent. In 1988, he was one of the journalists asking questions of Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle in their televised vice presidential debate. Before joining the Tribune in 1973, Margolis had been the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday. He was the first reporter on the scene of the Attica prison rebellion in 1971, and spent the entire first night inside the prisoner-held “D” yard. Earlier, Margolis was a reporter for the Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J.; the Miami Herald and the Concord Monitor (N.H.). In addition to The Last Innocent Year, published by William Morrow in 1999, he is the author of How To Fool Fish With Feathers: An Incompleat Guide to Fly Fishing (Simon and Schuster, 1991) and The Quotable Bob Dole — Witty, Wise and Otherwise, (Avon Books, 1995). He also wrote two chapters of Howard Dean: A citizens Guide to the Man Who Would be President (Steerforth, 2003). A native of New Jersey, Margolis graduated from Oberlin College in 1962. He served in the US Army.
Veteran journalist, editor, writer and essayist Andrew Nemethy has spent more than three decades following his muse, nose for news, eclectic interests and passion for the public’s interest from his home in Calais, close to the state capital. A shy egotist, he’s obligated to note he’s an award-winning reporter and writer and a John J. McCloy Journalism Fellow. His stories have appeared on the cover of magazines from Yankee to Travel & Leisure and in numerous national newspapers. He is also one of Vermont Life’s most prolific authors and author of Travel Vermont. His Vermont media background includes three stints with the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus as both writer and editor. A world traveler born in Austria, he has a master’s degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is a Vietnam veteran and avid outdoor enthusiast. He is currently working on two non-fiction book projects.
Kate Robinson originated and produced Vermont Public Radio’s Camel’s Hump Radio series from 1999 to 2001. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, was a reporter for the Greenwich Time (Conn.), the Jersey Journal and the New York Post, the assistant managing editor for The World Press Review, and a senior editor and producer for Prodigy Services’ online news service until moving to Vermont in 1996. Her freelance pieces have appeared in Family Circle and other national magazines and she is the author of two books, the most recent a biography of J. Richardson Dilworth, the head of the Rockefeller family offices.
Andrea Suozzo writes about food and agriculture issues for VTDigger. She is also a graduate student in Food Systems at the University of Vermont, where she works as a teaching and research assistant. Before starting graduate school, she spent three years at the Addison County Independent in Middlebury as a reporter, multimedia producer and online editor. Andrea came to Vermont from New York City in 2005 to get a bachelor’s in English at Middlebury College, and after graduation she kept finding reasons to stay. When she isn’t reading, writing or tweeting about food, Andrea can be found running, hiking, butchering songs on the fiddle and teaching herself to code.