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Staff Directory

Directors

George ForcierGeorge Forcier

Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 250

George Forcier is The Recorder's editor. He has worked in various editing capacities, all involving the gathering of local news in Franklin County, for about 35 years. Before that he worked for several small daily newspapers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts as a reporter and an editor. He also has taught journalism at the University of Massachusetts for a quarter century and has written magazine stories for regional publications over the years. For fun he builds furniture, brews beer and bakes bread.

 

Jeffrey-Good.jpegJeffrey Good

Executive Editor
Phone: 413-585-5355

Jeffrey Good is executive editor of Newspapers of New England's Pioneer Valley newspaper group: the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Recorder, Amherst Bulletin and Valley Advocate. Before moving to the Valley this spring, he was editor of the Valley News, an NNE paper based in Lebanon, NH. He has two college-age children and likes to spend his spare time riding motorcycles, swimming and watching sappy movies with his wife.

 

Dennis SkoglundDennis Skoglund

Publisher
Phone: 413-585-5335

Dennis Skoglund is publisher of Newspapers of New England's Pioneer Valley newspaper group: the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Recorder, Amherst Bulletin and Valley Advocate. He is the Gazette's former circulation director and was with the paper for over 25 years. In 2012, Skoglund was named vice president of Newspapers of New England’s Pioneer Valley operations. He enjoys hanging out with his four grandkids, riding his motorcycle and golf.

 

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Justin AbelsonJustin Abelson

Editorial Page Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 253

A native of New York state, Abelson has been with The Recorder since 1997. Along with the editorial page, he has been the Sunday night editor, responsible for putting out the Monday edition during his tenure at the paper. He has been a reporter or editor for more than 30 years working in newspapers, with stops in New York, Kansas, Connecticut, and New Hampshire before coming to Greenfield and Franklin County. Married with three kids and two dogs, Abelson earned his bachelor's degree at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., and a master's at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

 

Diane BroncaccioDiane Broncaccio

Senior Reporter (West County)
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 277

A graduate of the Ohio University School of Journalism, Diane Broncaccio has lived in Massachusetts since 1980 and wrote features in Boston before moving to Shelburne Falls in 1988. She has been with The Recorder for at least 25 years as a copy editor and reporter. She now covers the nine West County hilltowns: Shelburne, Buckland, Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Heath, Rowe, Monroe and Hawley.

Twitter: @dbronc
 

Matt Burkhartt.jpegMatt Burkhartt

Photojournalist
Phone: 585-727-3191

Matt studied photojournalism at Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated in May of 2014. He also studied filmmaking in New York City. Shortly after beginning an internship at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in January of 2015, he was hired at The Recorder as a staff photojournalist.

 

Jason ButynskiJason Butynski

Sports Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 256

Jason Butynski has been writing for the Recorder sports department since 2006, covering high school sports and other local sports stories. He is a Greenfield native, growing up on his family's vegetable farm. Butynski graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from UMass in 2005. He is a proud supporter of the New York Giants and also cheers on the other local professional teams in all other sports. www.facebook.com/JayButynski

 

Dave CoffeyDave Coffey

Copy Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 275

Dave Coffey is the wire editor at the Recorder newspaper. He joined in 2013 after working as a writer and editor at the Berkshire Record in Great Barrington for a year and a half. He also worked as an intern correspondent at the Recorder in 2012 during his senior year at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he majored in journalism and minored in philosophy. Coffey worked at the Web magazine Dulwich OnView for half a year in 2011 writing arts and culture features in London as part of a work-study program, in addition to writing for the UMass Daily Collegian in all four years of college.

 

Chris CurtisChris Curtis

North Quabbin Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 257

Chris Curtis reports on the North Quabbin region for the Recorder. He grew up in Greenfield, attended Greenfield schools and has worked for the newspaper since 2011. Curtis is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in journalism and French. https://www.facebook.com/ChrisCurtisReporter

 

Richie DavisRichie Davis

Senior Reporter (Environment and Politics)
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 269

Richie originally comes from New Hyde Park, N.Y. He previously worked as Editor at Genesee Valley Newspapers in Penfield and Brockport, N.Y., until he came to The Recorder in 1976. He has been with the paper ever since, besides some time as the Arts Editor at the Springfield Daily News 1984-86.

 

Mark DurantMark Durant

Sports Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 260

Mark Durant is a 28-year veteran of The Recorder sports department. In addition to his day-to-day writing duties, he's spent over 15 years as the Friday night sports editor. He also played an integral role in creating daily high school league standings that involve area teams - something few papers in the state can claim. Much like his colleagues in sports, he's a Greenfield native and a lifelong area resident.

 

Paul FranzPaul Franz

Senior Photographer
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 266

Paul has worked for the Recorder since 1989 and lived in Greenfield since 1999.

 

Anita FritzAnita Fritz

Features Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 276

Anita Fritz, an award-winning reporter at The Recorder, is the new Features Editor, and also writes the Neighbors column twice a week (Tuesday and Friday). She graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as a Top Scholar in the Communications Department.

 

Chris HarrisChris Harris

Supplements Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 265

Chris Harris edits special sections for The Recorder, such as the Almanac, Summer and Fall Valley Guides, holiday and seasonal supplements and special projects publications. She also edits three niche publications distributed up and down the Pioneer Valley: Valley Kids, Going Green and Healthy Life. She also edits the Religion Page and fills in for the local and wire editors two nights a week. Harris graduated from Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts and has worked at The Recorder since 2004.

 

Aviva LuttrellAviva Luttrell

Greenfield Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 268

Aviva Luttrell covers the town of Greenfield. She is a 2015 graduate of UMass Amherst where she studied Journalism and Communication. Luttrell wrote for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian for three years, serving as news editor her senior year, and also interned at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in the features department.

Twitter: @AvivaLuttrell
 

Gena MangiarattiGena Mangiaratti

Assitant News and Features Editor
Phone:

Gena Mangiaratti has been an assistant editor at The Recorder since December 2015. Before that, she worked at the Daily Hampshire Gazette as a correspondent and then an education reporter. Her first name is pronounced "Jenna."

Twitter: @mangiaratti
 

Diane PoirierDiane Poirier

Editorial Administrative Assistant
Phone: 413 772-0261 ext. 252

Diane Poirier is the Editorial Administrative Assistant at the Recorder -- AKA the "newsroom traffic cop,” archivist and part-time switchboard operator. She has been with the paper since 1980.

 

Domenic PoliDomenic Poli

South County reporter
Phone: 413 772-0261 ext. 257

Domenic Poli is the South County reporter for The Recorder. The Quincy native is a 2009 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he majored in journalism and worked for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian for four years. His first job was with The Brattleboro Reformer newspaper in Brattleboro, Vt., for six and a half years, and he joined The Recorder in 2016 after a stint at WHAI 98.3/Bear Country 95.3 in Greenfield. He is a history nerd who lives in Greenfield with his wife and two cats.

Twitter: @DomenicPoli
 

David RainvilleDavid Rainville

Copy Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 279

David Rainville has worked for The Recorder since March 2011. He covered the north county area as well as breaking news and features, often shooting his own photos to accompany stories. In May 2015, he took a position as copy editor. A native of central Mass., Dave has enjoyed getting to know Franklin County, especially exploring the boundless outdoor activities of the area via kayak, mountain bike and his own two feet.

Twitter: @RecorderRain
 

Rachel RapkinRachel Rapkin

North County Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 263

Rachel Rapkin is a graduate of Purdue University in Indiana and moved to New England in June 2015 to work as the Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield and Warwick reporter for The Recorder. This is her first full-time job. Rachel is also a modern dancer and choreographer on the side.

Twitter: @RachelRapkin1
 

Tom RelihanTom Relihan

Education, Health, Human Services Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 264

Tom Relihan is a reporter for The Recorder in Greenfield, where he covers Education/Health/Human Services. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Journalism.

Twitter: @RecorderTom
 

Gary SandersonGary Sanderson

Sports Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 255

Gary is from South Deerfield attended his area high school, Frontier Regional School, and area college, UMass-Amherst. Sanderson is currently the sports editor at the Recorder and has been since 1986. He was also a sports reporter from 1979-85 and works as an outdoor columnist for the paper, penning "On The Trail" since 1980. He is a four-decade member of New England Outdoor Writers Association and Outdoor Writers Association of America. He lives with his wife, Joanne, in Greenfield.

 

Lisa SpearLisa Spear

Gill-Montague Reporter
Phone: 413 772-0261 ext. 280

Lisa Spear reports on the towns of Gill, Montague, Erving, New Salem and Wendell. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and the Columbia School of Journalism. For fun she enjoys hiking up Skinner Mountain and spending time with her cat.

Twitter: @LisaNSpear
 

Greg TylerGreg Tyler

Night Managing Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 271

Gregory started as an education reporter at The Recorder in 2000. He became a copy editor in 2002, producing pages in the Local section of the newspaper. As of 2015 he became night managing editor.