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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alexandra Greenberg is a copy editor for The Chautauquan Daily. She is a journalism student in Ohio University’s class of 2018.
Neville Hardman is a copy editor at the Daily and studies journalism at Kent State University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opera, Children's School Reporter
Lindsey O’Laughlin writes about the arts and politics. Read more of her work at www.lindseyolaughlin.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!”
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.
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.
Carolyn Brown is a photographer and recent graduate of Smith College. A lifelong Chautauquan, Carolyn’s interests include history and the performing arts.
Mike Clark enjoys exploring communities, meeting their members and documenting them through visual mediums. He studies photojournalism at Western Kentucky University.
Sarah Holm studies photojournalism at Ohio University as part of the class of 2018.
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.
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.
Brianna Deckert is a design editor for The Chautauquan Daily. She studies visual communication design at Kent State University.
Emily Russell is an interactive designer in Athens, Ohio. She likes learning about art and history and making playlists. Ohio University class of ’17.