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The Chautauquan Daily is the official newspaper of Chautauqua Institution.

During Chautauqua’s nine-week summer season, the Daily is a community newspaper distributed six days a week by carriers to subscribers at their homes within and immediately outside the Institution. It is also sold by hawkers on Bestor Plaza each summer morning as well as mailed to subscribers. The newspaper is written, designed and edited at Chautauqua and sent to an off-site printer who returns the finished publication to the Institution for delivery.

The newspaper began as the Chautauqua Assembly Daily Herald in 1876, two years after the founding of the Chautauqua Institution. Since then, it has continuously served Chautauquans with information about current events and as the archival record. The newsroom has been a newswriting and reporting training camp for well-known journalists such as investigative reporter Ida Tarbell and current Time magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs.

The 2016 newsroom staff ranges in age from 19 to 65 years, with talented interns from Cincinnati State, Kent State University, Ohio University, Smith College, Western Kentucky University, Binghamton University, Northwestern University, SUNY Buffalo State, St. Bonaventure University, Syracuse University, Northeastern University, SUNY Fredonia. Other staff members included professional journalists, a retired New York Times staffer, Chautauqua community members, and a Presbyterian minister.

Call our main office at 716-357-6205.


Jordan Steves : Editor

Jordan Steves

Editor

Jordan Steves is editor of The Chautauquan Daily and director of communications for Chautauqua Institution, where he has served on the year-round staff since 2009.

jsteves@ciweb.org
Sara Toth : Assistant Editor

Sara Toth

Assistant Editor

Sara Toth is assistant editor of The Chautauquan Daily and lecture and literary arts associate in Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Education. Previously, she worked for the Baltimore Sun Media Group covering education in central Maryland.

stoth@ciweb.org
Dave Munch : Photo Editor

Dave Munch

Photo Editor

Dave Munch is the photo editor of The Chautauquan Daily. Previously, he worked as a staff photographer for the Baltimore Sun Media Group in Maryland. Follow him on Instagram @davemunchphoto.

munch.dave@gmail.com
Lauren Smart : Digital Editor

Lauren Smart

Digital Editor

Lauren Smart is an arts writer and educator based in Dallas, TX. She writes for American Theatre, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, Cowboys & Indians, among others. She is an adjunct professor of arts journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

laurenlizsmart@gmail.com
Tanner Cole : Web Editor

Tanner Cole

Web Editor

Tanner Cole is the Daily’s web editor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Western Kentucky University. Read some of his work at tannercole.com.

tannerleecole@gmail.com
Colin Perry : Editorial Office Manager

Colin Perry

Editorial Office Manager

Colin Perry is the Daily’s editorial office manager. He is currently studying English and journalism at SUNY Fredonia. Follow him on Twitter @cepeary.

perr1800@fredonia.edu
Alexandra Greenberg : Copy Editor

Alexandra Greenberg

Copy Editor

Alexandra Greenberg is a copy editor for The Chautauquan Daily. She is a journalism student in Ohio University’s class of 2018. 

ag644313@ohio.edu
Neville Hardman : Copy Editor

Neville Hardman

Copy Editor

Neville Hardman is a copy editor at the Daily and studies journalism at Kent State University. 

nhardma1@kent.edu
Rebekah Barnes : Dance, Institution administration, board of trustees, property owners association Reporter

Rebekah Barnes

Dance, Institution administration, board of trustees, property owners association Reporter

Rebekah Barnes is a class of 2017 journalism student at Ohio University. At the Daily, she covers dance, Institution administration, board of trustees and Chautauqua Property Owners Association.

rebekah.jane.barnes@gmail.com
John Ford : Columnist & Features Writer

John Ford

Columnist & Features Writer

John Ford was a college sportswriter and United Press International radio news service editor, followed by a career with the U.S. Department of State. A longtime Chautauquan, Ford returns as a columnist and features writer for the Daily. He’s often sniffing around for news at one end of a leash. At the other end is ace news dog, Charlie, who’s probably sniffing for something else.

hcc19@aol.com
David Geary : Archives & Feature Writer

David Geary

Archives & Feature Writer

David Geary has been a journalist for four decades. He was the late-night news editor at The New York Times from 2004 to 2015. Before that, he worked on the Foreign Desk of The Times and for other newspapers, including The Boston Globe. He won the Los Angeles Press Club Award for best investigative reporting in 1987. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, he lives in Westfield, New York, with his wife, Karin Henry.

Joshua Gurian : Development & Special Programs Reporter

Joshua Gurian

Development & Special Programs Reporter

Joshua Gurian is a graduate of Binghamton University Class of 2015, with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. He currently lives as a freelance writer in Chicago.

joshua.gurian@gmail.com
Samantha Ickes : Morning Lecture Reporter

Samantha Ickes

Morning Lecture Reporter

Samantha Ickes is a class of 2017 journalism student at Kent State University. She will be covering the 10:45 a.m. morning lectures this season. 

sickes5@kent.edu
Morgan Kinney : Environmental Issues & Bird, Tree & Garden Club Reporter

Morgan Kinney

Environmental Issues & Bird, Tree & Garden Club Reporter

Morgan Kinney is a Northwestern University journalism student who likes to explain things, particularly science. Read his Twitter thoughts @morgan_kinney.

kinney@u.northwestern.edu
Andrew Manzella : School of Music & CLSC Young Readers Reporter

Andrew Manzella

School of Music & CLSC Young Readers Reporter

Andrew Manzella is a reporter and feature writer from western New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from SUNY Buffalo State. 

andrewmanzella@hotmail.com.
Jason Mast : Religion: Interfaith Lectures previews & Sacred Song Services & choir & organ Reporter

Jason Mast

Religion: Interfaith Lectures previews & Sacred Song Services & choir & organ Reporter

Jason Mast covers the Interfaith Lecture Series, Mystic Heart Program and Abrahamic Program for Young Adults. Northwestern University class of ’18. 

jasonmast2018@u.northwestern.edu
Julia Mericle : Symphony & Logan Chamber Music Series & Pier Club Reporter

Julia Mericle

Symphony & Logan Chamber Music Series & Pier Club Reporter

Julia Mericle is a journalism/mass communication and English student at St. Bonaventure University in the class of ’17. She is reporting on the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.  Contact her at mericlje13@bonaventure.edu.

mericlje13@bonaventure.edu
Lindsey O’Laughlin : Opera, Children's School Reporter

Lindsey O’Laughlin

Opera, Children's School Reporter

Lindsey O’Laughlin writes about the arts and politics. Read more of her work at www.lindseyolaughlin.com.

lindseyolaughlin@gmail.com
Georgeanne Oliver : Theater & Family Entertainment Series Reporter

Georgeanne Oliver

Theater & Family Entertainment Series Reporter

Georgeanne Oliver is the theater reporter for The Chautauquan Daily. She attends Northeastern University as a member of the class of 2017 and is originally from Maine. 

oliver.g@husky.neu.edu
Ryan Pait : Literary Arts Reporter

Ryan Pait

Literary Arts Reporter

Ryan Pait is a native Kentuckian and a graduate student in literature at Western Kentucky University. He looks like a Shakespearean actor who plays the women’s roles, which is great, because he loves Shakespeare.

ryan.pait2793@gmail.com
Madison Rossi : Interfaith Lecture Preview Reporter

Madison Rossi

Interfaith Lecture Preview Reporter

Hailing from Chicago, Madison Rossi is the 2016 Interfaith Lecture preview reporter. She is a class of 2018 journalism major at Northwestern University with minors in marketing and religious studies. 

madisonrossi2018@u.northwestern.edu
Austin Siegel : Recreation & Boys' and Girls' Club Reporter

Austin Siegel

Recreation & Boys' and Girls' Club Reporter

Austin Siegel is the recreation and youth reporter for The Chautauquan Daily. He is a journalism major at Northwestern University and a third-generation Chautauquan.  Follow him on Twitter @AustinSiegel23.

Mary Lee Talbot : Religion: Morning Worship Columnist

Mary Lee Talbot

Religion: Morning Worship Columnist

Mary Lee Talbot writes the Daily Worship column. She is a Presbyterian minister and is writing a history of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle to be published by the CLSC Alumni Association. Talbot serves on the school board for the Chautauqua Lake Central School District and preaches at Wright Memorial Church on the Seneca Territory in Irving, New York. A lifelong Chautauquan, she lives here year-round with her dog, Max.

mltalbot@aol.com
Deborah Trefts : Chautauqua Women's Club & Contemporary Issues Forum Reporter

Deborah Trefts

Chautauqua Women's Club & Contemporary Issues Forum Reporter

Deb Trefts is a lifelong summer Chautauquan, a policy scientist focusing on environmental and marine health (e.g. reducing water pollution and its downstream impacts) and an independent consultant for the health and wellness company Arbonne International. Earlier this year, she served on the faculty of the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs, in part teaching Wellesley College Albright fellows about the art and science of deciphering public policy.

Meg Viehe : Interfaith News

Meg Viehe

Interfaith News

Meg Viehe is a retired teacher living in Newport Beach during the off-season. She is happiest when surrounded by her grandchildren, their parents, the extended Viehe clan and friends at Chautauqua. Her advice to her grandchildren and others, “Be nice to everyone at Chautauqua.  You never know who will be part of the family in the future!”

cdinterfaith@gmail.com
Rachel Yang : Visual Arts & Bookstore & Library Reporter

Rachel Yang

Visual Arts & Bookstore & Library Reporter

Rachel Yang is the visual arts reporter at Chautauqua. She is studying journalism and French at Northwestern University, class of 2018.

 

weizheyang2018@u.northwestern.edu
Eslah Attar : Photographer

Eslah Attar

Photographer

Eslah Attar is a photojournalist with an interest in documentary photography focusing on cultural and social change. Kent State class of ’17. Follow her Instagram @_eslahlahlah.

eattar1@kent.edu
Carolyn Brown : Photographer

Carolyn Brown

Photographer

Carolyn Brown is a photographer and recent graduate of Smith College. A lifelong Chautauquan, Carolyn’s interests include history and the performing arts. 

cebrown@smith.edu
Mike Clark : Photographer

Mike Clark

Photographer

Mike Clark enjoys exploring communities, meeting their members and documenting them through visual mediums. He studies photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. 

mikeclarkphotography@gmail.com
Sarah Holm : Photographer

Sarah Holm

Photographer

Sarah Holm studies photojournalism at Ohio University as part of the class of 2018. 

sh226913@ohio.edu
Reggie Allen : Design Editor

Reggie Allen

Design Editor

Reggie Allen is a Cincinnati-based designer with a focus on branding and user experience design. Studying at Cincinnati State, he enjoys learning about art and psychology. 

reggie2332@gmail.com
Chance Brinkman-Sull : Design Editor

Chance Brinkman-Sull

Design Editor

Chance Brinkman-Sull is the graphics director for The Post, the student newspaper at Ohio University. He likes anything that lets him use his hyperactive imagination, from drawing cartoons to writing music. Ohio University class of ’17. 

chancedbs@gmail.com
Brianna Deckert : Design Editor

Brianna Deckert

Design Editor

Brianna Deckert is a design editor for The Chautauquan Daily. She studies visual communication design at Kent State University.

bdeckert@kent.edu
Emily Russell : Design Editor

Emily Russell

Design Editor

Emily Russell is an interactive designer in Athens, Ohio. She likes learning about art and history and making playlists. Ohio University class of ’17. 

theemilyrussell@gmail.com