Meet Your Local Patch Team
Tony Catinella, Editor
Birthday: November 13, 1986
I grew up on the South Shore with a strong passion for journalism. I graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and today I currently live in Quincy.
At Franklin Pierce, I worked on the school newspaper as a reporter , sports editor, managing editor and became the editor in chief during my senior year.
While in college, I interned for the Boston Bruins, writing newsletters for the team's website and interned for Jam'n 94.5 FM as a web intern. I have held a production internship with ESPN during the 2007 NASCAR Sylvania 300. I have also reported for the Patriot Ledger, the Canton Citizen, the Ven-U New England Magazine, and got the opportunity to interview the first person in America to vote when I covered the 2008 President Elections for Dan Rather Reports HD TV station.
I'm very excited to learn as much as I can about Hingham and Weymouth and report on stories that are important to residents. With Patch, I plan to highlight the community of Hingham and Weymouth, the people and their stories.
When I'm not writing, I love watching sports and going for a relaxing run. I enjoy meeting new people, so please feel free to stop me and say hello.
At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know.
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Local Hot-Button Issues
In Hingham: the Hingham Middle School Project, Harbor Devolpment, the MBTA Hingham to Boston ferry service.
In Weymouth: The Southfield Development and the increase of drug arrests.
Elizabeth Meigs, Contributor, Editor
Elizabeth (Beth) Meigs grew up in Brewster, MA; graduating from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in 1978. She lives in Chatham with a big, fluffy Bernese Mountain Dog named Sammy and a fiesty but lovable Maine Coon Cat-mix named Triton. She has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
Beth is an avid reader, gardener and hiker. She has worked on or around boats most her life, but she is a long-time closet novelist. It has been her dream to write for a living ever since she was a child, pounding out stories on a cheap typewriter.
She looks forward to creating an interesting and informative Calendar and composing the Get Out Weekend Planner columns for Patch. (P.S. She upgraded from the cheap typewriter a long time ago.)
Michelle Hughes Benfer, Contributor, Sales
Michelle is the Regional Publisher for Massachusetts' South Shore, Cape Cod, and the Islands, where she delivers an awesome vehicle for local businesses to reach-out to their communities. Michelle is a Milton resident, grew up in West Roxbury and graduated from Boston Latin School and Boston College. After a brief (and interesting!) stint selling cars on Rte. 1 The Automile, Michelle spent most of her career working in magazine advertising sales in New York City at Vogue, The Conde Nast Bridal Group, The Robb Report, and More magazines. After returning home to Boston, she managed a sales team at Phoenix Media/Communications Group . Michelle enjoys skiing, hobbling through marathons, going to concerts, and foodies-in-training dinners with friends and family.
Patrick Purcell, Contributor, Sales
Patrick is the Regional Publisher for Patch in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is a Weston High School alum and a Boston College graduate. Patrick spent most of his career in the newspaper industry prior to joining Patch. He has managed sales teams for The New York Post, Boston Herald and Community Newspaper Company.
Catherine Doneghy, Ad Manager
Catherine Doneghy, please call her Katie, grew up North of Boston in a small town known for its singing beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Trekking to Vermont for education (and skiing) granted her a degree in History and minor in Business from the University of Vermont. A passion for small business initiatives and cutting edge technology has brought her to start-ups in the food world and the educational travel industry where her drive for results and communication skills have made her a treasure!
Katie joined the Patch team as an Advertising Manager covering Hingham, Braintree, Canton and Plymouth to shake things up. Katie now covers many of the MetroWest Patch sites. She is a localvore - this mentality goes beyond what she puts in her pie hole. She wants to get to know YOU, come to your events, support your business and teach you how to get everything you can and want out of your Patch.
Drop her a line!
P.S. I like raspberry jelly on my grilled cheese. My hero is Ernest Shakleton. If you don't know who he is; look him up and get inspired! I love the outdoors and getting back to nature.
David Ertischek, Local Editor
David Ertischek was most recently the editor of the West Roxbury and Roslindale Transcripts for about a year before launching West Roxbury Patch. Prior to that he was the editor of local paper in Watertown for a year, and was a reporter/assistant editor/sports editor for the Transcripts for several years before his Watertown gig.
Casey Meserve, Contributor, Editor
Casey was born and raised on the South Shore and her family has lived in New England since 1670. She graduated from Silver Lake Regional High School in 1999 and graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in English/Communications and a concentration in Journalism. She recently graduated from Bridgewater State University with a master's degree in English Literature after finally completing her thesis.
Casey's first job was delivering the Brockton Enterprise as a teenager, and never expected to actually work in the news business. Her first reporting job was writing for the Plymouth Bulletin. Later, when Community Newspaper Company merged with Memorial Press Group under the GateHouse News banner, she wrote for both the Bulletin and the Old Colony Memorial. After the Bulletin faded from the scene she continued writing for the OCM and later switched to the Kingston Reporter and the Halifax-Plympton Reporter newspapers.
Casey lives on the South Shore with her three cats.
Contact Casey at Casey.Meserve@patch.com or by phone at 508-209-3820.
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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.