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The Highlands Current
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Highlands Current Inc.


Gordon StewartGordon Stewart (1939-2014), Founder
Stewart was truly a Renaissance man — a businessman, actor, director, musician, conductor and writer. Long before he moved to Garrison and started the website and paper, he studied music and drama at the University of Vienna and earned an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. After working in the 1970s as a speechwriter for New York Mayor John Lindsay and President Jimmy Carter, he directed The Elephant Man on Broadway, served as vice president of the American Stock Exchange, and from 1991 to 2006 was president of the Insurance Information Institute. In 2012 he directed The Beggar’s Opera at the Philipstown Depot Theatre and in 2013 funded and conducted performances of Handel’s Messiah at St. Mary’s Church in Cold Spring.


Chip RoweChip Rowe, Managing Editor
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Rowe, who has been with The Current since 2013, is a former longtime national magazine editor. He started his career as a reporter for The Muskegon Chronicle in Michigan, followed by The Idaho Statesman in Boise and the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota as its Washington correspondent. The Garrison resident has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.


Alison RooneyAlison Rooney, Arts Editor
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Rooney has been the arts editor at The Current since its founding in 2010 after working as a copy editor at the Putnam County News & Recorder. An accomplished playwright, Rooney has lived in Cold Spring since 1999. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in history.


Michael TurtonMichael Turton, Senior Correspondent
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Turton has been a reporter with The Current since its founding, after working in the same capacity at the PCNR. Turton spent 20 years as community relations supervisor for the Essex Region Conservation Authority in Ontario before his move in 1998 to Philipstown, where he handled similar duties at Glynwood Farm and The Hastings Center. The Cold Spring resident holds degrees in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, in education from the University of Windsor and in communication arts from St. Clair College.


Liz Schevtchuk ArmstrongLiz Schevtchuk Armstrong, Reporter
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Armstrong, who lives in Cold Spring, has been a reporter with The Current since its founding in 2010 after working in the same position at the PCNR. She also has been a copy editor and assistant news editor at Knight Ridder / Tribune News, a legal affairs reporter for Education Week and chief political correspondent for the Catholic News Service. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master’s degree in medieval history from Catholic University.


Jeff SimmsJeff Simms, Reporter (Beacon)
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Simms, who has covered Beacon for The Current since 2014, studied journalism at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. From there he worked as a reporter for the tri-weekly Watauga Democrat in Boone and the daily Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, before transitioning into nonprofit communications in Washington, D.C., and New York City.


croninBrian PJ Cronin, Reporter (Beacon)
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The former top editor of Hudson Valley Parent and director of alumni relations at The Storm King School, Cronin has covered Beacon for The Current since 2014. A graduate of Skidmore College, he also has written for Organic Hudson Valley, The Times Herald-Record and Chronogram.


pamela-doanPamela Doan, Reporter / Gardening Columnist
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Doan, who resides in Philipstown, has been writing for The Current since 2013. After serving as communications director for The Armory Show in New York City, she founded her own public relations and freelance writing company in 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado College and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.


Leigh Alan Klein, Sports Editor
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Klein is the host of “The Bracket Show” on SB Nation Radio and a frequent contributor to Slam and Basketball Times. For more than 20 years he ran the Five-Star Basketball Camp for elite high-school players that was co-founded by his father, Will Klein, in 1966. Klein has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in sports journalism from Quinnipiac University.


Mary Ann EbnerMary Ann Ebner, Reporter / Food Columnist
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Ebner has been writing for The Current since 2012. The West Point resident is a former press officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee and editor of Weightlifting USA. She holds a degree in journalism and TV/radio from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan.


Holly Crocco, Contributing Reporter
Crocco, who is editor-in-chief of The Putnam County Times, based in Carmel, contributes coverage to The Current of the Putnam County legislature.


Joe DizneyJoe Dizney, Design Consultant / Food Columnist
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Dizney, the former design director at The Wall Street Journal and creative director at SmartMoney, created The Highlands Current logo and designed the template for the printed paper. A Cold Spring resident, he holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and design from Louisiana State University and a master’s in design management from the Institute of Design in Chicago.


Valerie LaRobardie, Genealogy Columnist
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LaRobardie, who writes our “Family Trails” column, is a professional genealogist and president of the Dutchess County Genealogical Society.


vikstromKate Vikstrom, Layout Editor
Vikstrom has been the layout editor of The Current since its first print issue in 2012. A talented jazz vocalist, the Poughkeepsie resident holds a degree in design and fine arts from the University of Minnesota and has worked in nonprofit communications in Minnesota, Alaska and Washington state. She is also an established watercolor and collage artist.


gedneyMichele Gedney, Advertising Director
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Gedney, who has an extensive publishing background, including at Rolling Stone and Times Mirror Magazines, has been with The Current since 2011. She and her husband, Rick, are musicians and songwriters who have lived in Cold Spring since 2009.


Winner of 20 New York Press Association Awards
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Winner of 9 National Newspaper Association Awards
(2016)

Finalist, Best Food-Related Column, James Beard Awards, 2013
Celia Barbour, Mouths to Feed

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