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 2017 newsroom staff is multigenerational, including talented interns representing Allegheny College, Binghamton University, Carnegie Mellon University, the College of William & Mary, Georgetown University, Kent State University, Macalester College, Ohio University, Palomar College, Rice University, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Bonaventure University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Tufts University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Iowa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky University and Wichita State University. Other staff members include professional journalists, a retired New York Times staffer, Chautauqua community members, and a Presbyterian minister.
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Jordan Steves enters his fourth summer as editor of The Chautauquan Daily in 2017. He has had the privilege of working with 200-plus talented student interns and more than a dozen dedicated Chautauquans in 11 seasons in the Daily newsroom. Year-round, he serves Chautauqua Institution as director of communications and lives in Mayville with Grady, a golden retriever now in his ninth summer of service as newsroom dog.
Sara Toth spends her summers as managing editor of The Chautauquan Daily and her autumns, winters (mostly winters) and springs as lecture and literary arts associate at Chautauqua Institution. A native of Pittsburgh(ish), she attended Gannon University and worked for nearly four years as a reporter in the Baltimore Sun Media Group. She lives in Westfield with her partner (a photographer) and her Lilac (a cat).
Dave Munch is the photo editor of The Chautauquan Daily. A Cincinnati native, Munch graduated from Ohio University and has worked for the Baltimore Sun Media Group and the Erie Times-News. Munch’s work has been featured in publications across the country. He lives in Westfield with his partner.
Elizabeth Backo is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University. Backo, who is from Pittsburgh, works at a Sheetz and spends her free time attending way too many country concerts. Her time at Chautauqua will consist of geeking out about analytics and nearly crying every time she sees a dog. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @liz_backo.
Neville Hardman is an alumna of Kent State University, where she earned a degree in multimedia news journalism. She aspires to have a career in editing, music editorial or longform writing. In the meantime, she’s probably napping like some human incarnation of Snorlax or blaring a post-punk song.
Hailey Gavin is a native of San Francisco, but she is studying political science, English, and film and media studies at Tufts University in Boston. Outside of producing video and audio stories, she loves watching good movies, writing, hiking and playing soccer. Before coming to Chautauqua, she was in Dublin, Ireland, producing radio stories for Dublin South FM.
Cat Hofacker is spending her first summer at Chautauqua keeping a watchful eye out for misplaced commas. The Fremont, Ohio, native is a rising journalism senior at Ohio University. Under her editorship, the digital student publication The New Political was named 2016’s “Best Independent Online Student Publication” by the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a 2017 recipient of a White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship. Contact her at email@example.com.
Amber Tong is a copy editor for the Daily and recent graduate of Rice University, where she edited the school newspaper, the Rice Thresher. Her work has been featured in Governing Magazine and Houstonia Magazine. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is enjoying her quiet time around Chautauqua Lake (not Lake Chautauqua). When she is not reading or eating, she can be found curating her postcard collection. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning Lecture Reporter
Brian Contreras covers the morning lecture series for the Daily. He is a rising sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a career in journalism. His interests as a writer include political investigation, the human side of technology and cross-cultural ethnographic research. He is also interested in backpacking, science fiction, running, good food and political satire. Contact him at email@example.com.
Philip de Oliveira
Symphony & Logan Chamber Music Series & Pier Club Reporter
Philip de Oliveira reports on the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Logan Chamber Music Series for the Daily. He is the Walton D. Clarke Fellow at NPR member station 89.7 WKSU in Kent, Ohio, where he has filed stories for local newscasts and statewide for Ohio Public Radio. He occasionally contributes to Cleveland Scene magazine and Cool Cleveland.
Columnist & Features Writer
John Ford is in his eighth year with the Daily. He reports on general news, does feature reporting and writes the weekly Chautauqua Conversations column. A wire service reporter for United Press International prior to embarking on a career as a foreign service officer with the Department of State, he currently writes a regular column on American politics and foreign relations for one of the two principal daily newspapers in Nassau, Bahamas.
Archives & Feature Writer
David Geary has been a reporter and editor for more than 40 years. He retired in 2015 from The New York Times, where he was the late-night news editor. He also has worked for The Boston Globe and other newspapers. He currently freelances for the Times and for The Trace, a nonprofit journalism website focused on gun violence and gun policy in America. He lives in Westfield with his wife, Karin Henry.
Opera, Children's School Reporter
Nathan Healy is a second-year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is pursuing his M.A. in professional writing. Following his undergraduate studies, he spent eight-plus years teaching at an all-boys private school for court-adjudicated youth. In addition to writing and reading, Nathan enjoys traveling, eating at new restaurants, spending time with his niece and nephews, and being physically active.
Visual Arts, Bookstore & Library Reporter
Adrianna Jereb covers visual arts for The Chautauquan Daily. The Wisconsinite is a rising senior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, studying English creative writing and Spanish. Her interests include reading, writing, yoga, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and compiling Spotify playlists. After graduation she plans to work as a journalist, think about grad school and adopt a shelter dog.
School Of Music & CLSC Young Readers Reporter
Rebecca Klar is a recent graduate of Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in rhetoric. She is excited to be spending her first summer at Chautauqua as a School of Music reporter for The Chautauquan Daily. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance, Institution Administration, Board Of Trustees, Property Owners Association Reporter
Ryan Lindsay is reporting on dance and the Institution administration for the Daily. She proudly hails from D.C. but is currently studying narrative writing and radio at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before writing for The Chautauquan Daily, she worked as a community & culture reporter for Oakland North, a community news outlet. As a child, she graced the stage as a memorable mouse in “The Nutcracker.”
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Theater & Family Entertainment Series Reporter
A recent graduate of Syracuse University’s Goldring Arts Journalism program, she comes to Chautauqua after covering Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, for The Post and Courier. A Delaware native, she spent three years as a lifestyles editor on Maryland’s Eastern Shore writing about local authors, musicians and artists. Her work has also appeared in American Theatre magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @DaraMcBride.
Literary Arts Reporter
Ryan Pait gets a different haircut every summer to keep the people of Chautauqua guessing. This is his fourth summer at The Chautauquan Daily, so if you’re tired of him, that’s OK. He recently graduated with his master’s degree in literature from Western Kentucky University. Don’t ask him about what he’s doing after this summer, but do ask him about the Nicole Kidman renaissance, the return of “Game of Thrones” and what he’s reading.
Interfaith Lecture coverage, Mystic Heart program, Abrahamic Program for Young Adults Reporter
Kelly Powell covers the Interfaith Lecture Series, Mystic Heart Meditation Program and Abrahamic Program for Young Adults. She is studying magazine journalism and minoring in photojouranlism at Kent State University, where she will be a senior next semester. Powell loves libraries, antiques stores and national parks. Follow her on Instagram at @kellannpow.
Recreation & Boys' And Girls' Club Reporter
Josh Svetz is a senior at St. Bonaventure University serving as the recreation reporter for The Chautauquan Daily this summer. He’s interested in finding the larger conversation within sports and the different aspects explored inside the sports bubble. Follow him on Twitter @svetz17.
Mary Lee Talbot
Religion: Morning Worship Columnist
Mary Lee Talbot writes the Morning Worship column. A Presbyterian minister, she preaches at the Seneca Reservation in Irving. She is the deputy managing director of People Helping People International. Her latest book is Chautauqua’s Heart, the first full history of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. She lives in Chautauqua with her dog, Max, and is beginning her second term as a member of the Board of Education of Chautauqua Lake Central School District.
Chautauqua Women's Club & Contemporary Issues Forum Reporter
Deb Trefts is a policy scientist with extensive U.S., Canadian and international experience in conservation policy and practice. She applies broadly interdisciplinary knowledge and best practices to resolve complex watershed and ocean-related issues and to teach the art and science of deciphering and communicating public and organizational policy. Trefts is a lifelong Chautauquan. email@example.com.
Delaney Van Wey
Religion: Interfaith Lectures Previews & Sacred Song Services & Choir & Organ Reporter
Delaney Van Wey is reporting on the Interfaith Lecture Series this summer. Although she is from Gowanda, this is her first time at Chautauqua Institution. She is studying journalism and international relations at Syracuse University, where she previously worked as assistant news editor at The Daily Orange. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @DelaneyVanWey.
Meg Viehe is a retired teacher living in Newport Beach during the off-season. She is happiest when she and her husband, Rich, are surrounded by grandchildren and 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 your future family!”
Cam Buker is a staff photographer at The Chautauquan Daily. He attends Palomar College located in San Diego, California, for multimedia journalism. He is most excited to learn about the history of Chautauqua Institution and the people who make this place so unique. When not creating visual stories, Buker can be found at the beach and adventuring throughout Southern California.
Erin Clark will be serving as one of this summer’s Daily photographers. While not toiling away as a rising second-year graduate student at Ohio University, Clark enjoys spending time with her cats and cajoling them to learn various tricks. A native to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Clark is looking forward to lakeside living and gleaning everything she can from a summer spent at Chautauqua.
Paula Ospina is a visual journalist who graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.F.A. in photojournalism. She is originally from Colombia and currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Before working as a photographer for the Daily, she was selected to participate in The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. She is looking forward to immersing herself in the Chautauqua community and learning more about religion.
Olivia Sun is a photography intern for The Chautauquan Daily. A Midwest-based photographer and videographer, she studies journalism and cinema at the University of Iowa. Sun hopes to pursue editorial photography or web design in the future, but in the meantime, she enjoys hiking, music blogging and bagels. See her work at http://oliviasun.us.
Madeline Deabler works as a design editor for The Chautauquan Daily. She is a junior at Wichita State University and is double majoring in graphic design and journalism. During the school year, she works as the design editor for WSU’s newspaper, The Sunflower. She also works as the editorial cartoonist, where she enjoys being able to put a comedic spin on both campus and worldly issues with her comics.
Emma Francois studies English and art at Georgetown University. She enjoys writing about fashion, feminism and film for The Georgetown Voice and is the co-host and highest-pitched voice on the podcast Stripped. She lost the fourth-grade spelling bee because she couldn’t spell “grammar.” (She has yet to exact her revenge.) email@example.com.
José Valle is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is majoring in journalism with a concentration in editing and graphic design and served as visual managing editor of UNC’s student paper, The Daily Tar Heel. During his first time in Chautauqua, he is most looking forward to being one of the Daily’s design editors and exposing Chautauqua to his five-year “bowtie Wednesday” tradition.
Meaghan Wilby covers the Lincoln Series in Applied Ethics as well as special lectures and programs, and works with the Chautauqua Foundation to cover development activities. Originally from New Zealand, she recently graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in English. She played four years of varsity basketball at Allegheny and was an editor for The Campus newspaper for two years. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.