What We Cover
Comprehensive local coverage of Woburn, MA. Featuring local news and events, business listings, discussions, announcements, photos and videos.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Roberto Scalese, Associate Regional Editor
Patch Associte Regional Editor Roberto Scalese has spent the last 12 years working as a writer and editor. A lifelong Revere resident, he graduated from Clark Univeristy with a degree in Philosophy.
Christopher Gambon, Contributor, Editor
Karla Vallance, Contributor, Editor
Karla joined Patch in mid-2010 as a Boston-area regional editor, making the leap into hyperlocal news after years of focus on the national and international news fronts at The Christian Science Monitor, CNN and CNN International -- doing online news since 1998. She has lived in a neighborhood she loves, Jamaica Plain, for 19 years, with a stint in lovely Atlanta sandwiched in the middle. Beyond the news, she is, among other things, a (fair-weather) biker, a rabid Celtic music fan and an unabashed church nerd.
Danielle Masterson, Community Editor
Danielle Masterson is the Community Editor for several Patch sites in Massachusetts, including Woburn. Between 2010 and 2012, she served as the Woburn Patch Local Editor.
Danielle graduated from Boston University's broadcast journalism program in 1999, then joined the Stoneham Sun as a full-time reporter. After five years with the Sun, as both reporter and editor, she left journalism to teach elementary school. Danielle obtained her master's degree from the University of Massachusetts – Boston while teaching in Malden. She also taught sixth grade in Marblehead, before jumping back into community journalism with Patch.
Chris Orchard, Contributor, Editor
Chris has worked as a reporter for South End News, Dover-Sherborn Press, Allston-Brighton TAB and Bay Windows. His work has appeared in Chicago's Inside and Inside Lincoln Park newspapers, at bostonherald.com and at artandculture.com. He also worked at ABC News as a production associate for 20/20, Primetime Live and 20/20 Downtown and as a desk assistant for Good Morning America and Morning News.
Chris Caesar, Editor
Chris was born in New York but moved to his adopted hometown of Hampton, NH when he was nine years old. He's taken the whole New England thing wicked friggin' serious ever since.
He graduated from Clark University with a degree in international relations and philosophy, and has masqueraded as a journalist ever since, in both Southern California and New Hampshire.
This is a major plus, as he possesses no other marketable skills.
Cate Lecuyer, Editor
Cate is the editor of Mill Valley Patch, and has worked as a reporter at newspapers across New England. She joined Patch in Boston in 2010 and recently transferred to the San Francisco Bay area. She graduated from Saint Michael's College in Vermont with a degree in journalism and minor in Spanish.
Kerri Dale, Calendar Editor
Kerri Dale lives in the greater Boston area with her husband and two children. After being a stay at home mom for 16 years she is very excited to be a part of Patch. She enjoys spending time with her family, boating and jetskiing.
Mark Ouellette, Editor
Mark Ouellette has spent the past several years reporting for daily and weekly newspapers (and their respective websites) in New Hampshire, including The Milford Cabinet, Merrimack Journal, Hollis/Brookline Journal, Bedford Journal, The Telegraph of Nashua and the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He also served as the founder, co-owner, managing editor and web editor of the former New Hampshire news website, NHReporter.com.
Sara Jacobi, Editor
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
Birthday: October 3rd
Bio A life-long Massachusetts resident, Sara grew up in Attleboro, attended school in Boston and now lives in Boston. Sara earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University, where she majored in Journalism and minored in International Relations. While a student at BU, Sara had the opportunity to intern for the Boston Metro and the Boston Globe, and she also began to freelance for the Allston-Brighton Tab, where she covered police and fire news. After graduation, Sara worked for two years as the sole staff writer of the property-casualty insurance publication, The Standard. Sara continued to freelance for the Allston-Brighton Tab until the summer of 2010, when she was hired as the editor of the Wakefield Patch. Two years later, she was promoted to Senior Editor in Boston. She currently serves as editor of South End Patch and helps spearhead Boston-wide initiatives.
In her free time, Sara plays Ultimate (Frisbee) for a nationally competitive women's club team, Brute Squad, which finished third in the entire country this past season. Ask her about it!
Matthew Nucifora, Sales
Kristen Angelone, Contributor, Sales, Blogger
Originally from Rhode Island, she went to Assumption college in Worcester, then moved to Boston 7 years ago to work in print advertising, including a number of years at Boston Magazine. Kristen had an opportunity to work in professional soccer in 2008 (she is a passionate soccer fan, player and coach in JP Youth Soccer), yet recently left the New England Revolution when the opportunity came to work for Patch.
Since moving to Jamaica Plain in 2009, she has been enamored with the neighborhood since moving to the Boston area. She believes the diversity, culture, arts, food, and location make for a fabulous experience whether a resident or visitor!
Andrew Sylvia, Editor
Andrew Sylvia is the local editor of the Westford and Chelmsford Patch.
He has written at least one piece for every Patch in Massachusetts north of Boston and has had bylines in more than a dozen newspapers in Vermont and New Hampshire, including The Telegraph of Nashua, the Milford Cabinet, Bedford Journal, the Hollis-Brookline Journal, the Keene Sentinel, the Pelham-Windham News, and the New Hampshire Union Leader. He also has contributed to various websites such as NHReporter.com, Ehow and the New Hampshire Sports Report after receiving a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Keene State College in 2004.
Michele Taranto, Contributor, Editor
Richard Hosford, Contributor, Editor, Blogger
Richard Hosford got his first news job as a writer in 2007 for the weekly newspaper, The Auburn News, published by Stonebridge Press, a news company out of Southbridge, Mass. The job was general assignment reporting of Auburn, Mass, and Rich covered issues including town politics, the happenings at the local schools, charity events and breaking news.
After working for a bit over a year, Rich decided to go back to school to get a better understanding of his chosen field. He entered into a Masters program at Northeastern University in Journalism and Public Policy Analysis, which is finished in the summer of 2009.
After graduating he went back to Stonebridge Press and worked for a time at the company's Villager Newspapers in Northeastern Connecticut. He then moved to Stonebridge Press's flagship daily paper, the Southbridge Evening News, before coming onboard with Patch.
Rich is excited to be working for Burlington Patch!
Charlie Breitrose, Contributor, Editor, Blogger
Charlie has worked in newspapers for the past 14 years, first in California and since 2001 in Massachusetts. He has made his home in Watertown since 2003. Charlie enjoys watching all kinds of sports, loves to travel and enjoys cooking. He earned his bachelor's degree in geology at the University of Michigan and got a master's degree in journalism at Indiana University.
Franklin Tucker, Contributor, Editor, Reporting
Franklin Tucker has been a Belmontonian for the past 17 years. He's spent the last two decades as an editor and has won five New England regional journalism awards. Franklin is looking forward to using his experience and background to have a positive impact on the people of and institutions in Belmont as the Belmont Patch editor.
Matt Schooley, Editor
A 2007 graduate of Springfield College, Matt Schooley took over as the local editor for Wilmington Patch at the beginning of 2011. Prior to starting with Patch, Matt was an award-winning staff writer at Neighborhood News, Inc., based in Manchester, New Hampshire. At Neighborhood News, Matt covered board meetings, high school sports and anything that was interesting in the community. With Patch, Matt looks forward to providing in-depth coverage of breaking news, features and sports. He is also excited to meet the people of Wilmington and show them why Patch is their home for everything local.
Nadine Wandzilak, Contributor, Editor
Nadine Wandzilak has practiced community journalism for about a dozen years, in Reading, Stoneham, Middleton and Melrose. She has covered those communities top to bottom, from meetings to features to obituaries, writing about civic issues and other things that residents tell her are important to them. That could be a proposed change in a municipal policy, for example, and residents' reactions, or a feature about an interesting resident or group, someone celebrating a milestone anniversary or someone doing something "ordinary" with a unique twist.
Wandzilak graduated from Boston University's then-named School of Public Communication with a bachelor of science degree in journalism.
Chris Chirichiello, Contributor
Chris Chirichiello is a journalist for the Reading, Stoneham and Winchester Patch websites. He is a 2010 graduate of Stonehill College, where he studied business management and journalism.
Sarah Cawley, Contributor
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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.