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Staff Directory

Publisher

aaron-julien.jpgPhone: 413-585-5335
Aaron Julien, President and CEO of Newspapers of New England, Inc. (NNE), the parent company of the Greenfield Recorder, began his career in Greenfield writing two very poorly written but well-edited high school football stories for the Greenfield Recorder in the 1980s when his wife, Abigail (Wilson) Julien was a reporter for the Recorder. After a career as a lawyer in Maine, Julien returned to NNE as Director of Business Development. Julien was general manager and publisher of the Daily Hampshire Gazette from 2006 to 2008, after which he became president and CEO of NNE. He's an avid ultimate Frisbee player and coaches the Amherst Middle School team.

E-mail: publisher@gazettenet.com

Directors

Bill Foster

Prepress Manager
Phone: 413-585-5225
 

Mark-Galat.jpeg Mark Galat

Circulation Manager
Phone: 413-585-5336
 
 

Newsroom

 

Brooke Hauser Brooke Hauser

Editor in chief
Phone: 413-585-5233

Brooke Hauser is the editor in chief of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She also edits the opinion page. Originally from Miami, Florida, she has written for the Miami Herald and the New York Times as well as magazines such as Marie Claire, Allure and Glamour. She is also the author of two books, "Enter Helen," a biography of iconic Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, and "The New Kids," a narrative nonfiction book chronicling the lives of newly arrived immigrant and refugee students at a Brooklyn high school. Based in the Northampton area, she is married to the theater manager at the Academy of Music, and they have two kids.

Twitter: @brookehauser
 

Chad-Cain.jpeg Chad Cain

Night managing editor
Phone: 413-585-5238

Chad Cain is the night managing editor for the Gazette. He previously covered Northampton city government, consumer and general assignment stories, business, and higher education since joining the Gazette in 2007. Cain grew up in Spokane, Wash., and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Montana in Missoula. Earlier in his career, he was editor for six years of The Westborough News, an affiliate of the Metrowest Daily News in Framingham, and also worked at a business newspaper in Spokane, a weekly newspaper in Grand Coulee, Wash., and in the communications department at the University of Idaho.

 

Dusty Christensen Dusty Christensen

Staff writer
Phone: 413-585-5252

Dusty is a staff writer covering higher education, Amherst public schools and neighborhoods. His work has appeared on NPR, WNYC radio, The Nation, Haaretz, PBS and other outlets. A graduate of New York University and the University of Georgia, Dusty also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Ukraine. He's still bitter about the Patriots' come-from-behind Super Bowl win over his Atlanta Falcons.

Twitter: @dustyc123
 

Dan-Crowley.jpeg Dan Crowley

Managing editor
Phone: 413-585-5239

Dan Crowley is managing editor at the Gazette. He specializes in enterprise and investigative reporting.

Twitter: @Scoop2003
 

Bera Dunau Bera Dunau

Reporter
Phone: 413-585-5234

Bera Dunau is a graduate of Hampshire College who has been reclaimed by the mists of the Pioneer Valley after a seven-year absence. He covers the city of Northampton and business, and would love to add the Hilltowns, too. No one told Bera, a creative writing major, that his idea to make money as a writer by becoming a journalist might not be well thought out. Nevertheless, Bera has been making a living at it full time since 2011. The communities he has covered include Lenox, Mass., Cooperstown, N.Y. and most recently, Foxboro. Bera is a community journalist, with ink in his veins, who is passionate about serving the public interest. Reach out to him anytime, although results may vary after midnight.

Twitter: @BeraDunau

Kevin-Gutting.jpeg Kevin Gutting

Photographer
Phone: 413-585-5258

Kevin Gutting joined the photo staff of the Daily Hampshire Gazette in 1995 after working for several daily newspapers in Ohio. The son of an Army officer, Gutting traveled the world as an "Army brat" before earning a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Florence and enjoys spending his newly rediscovered weekends with family and friends.

Twitter: @KevinGutting
 

Carol-Lollis.jpeg Carol Lollis

Photo editor
Phone: 413-585-5258

Carol Lollis is the photography editor. She became a staff photographer at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in 1992 after receiving her master's degree from Ohio University. She was named photo editor in 2008 and enjoys the opportunities to shoot as well as manage the photo department. Lollis lives in Westhampton with her husband and three sons.

 

Scott-Merzbach.jpeg Scott Merzbach

Staff writer
Phone: 413-585-5253

Scott Merzbach covers Amherst town government, police and fire, and other municipal issues. Merzbach, who grew up in Leverett and is a graduate of Saint Michael's College in Vermont, has worked for the Gazette since 1996.

 

Mike-Moran.jpeg Mike Moran

Sports editor
Phone: 413-585-5247

Mike Moran has been the sports editor since July 2010. He is a 2002 graduate of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston. A native of Chicopee, Moran played three sports - cross country, basketball and track & field - at Chicopee High School.

Twitter: @mikemoran777
 

James-Pentland.jpeg James Pentland

Night managing editor
Phone: 413-585-5231

James Pentland is the night managing editor for the Gazette, a copy editor and editor for the Gazette's monthly Home magazine. He is a former reporter who has worked at newspapers for 20 years.

 

Steve-Pfarrer.jpeg Steve Pfarrer

Arts editor
Phone: 413-585-5262

Steve Pfarrer is the arts editor for the Gazette, covering art exhibitions, books, music, theater and other events. He previously was a staff writer for Hampshire Life magazine and also covered higher education and regional and local news stories.

 

Lucy-Pickett.jpeg Lucy Pickett

Editorial department designer
Phone: 413-585-5348

Lucy Pickett is a designer for the editorial department at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She is responsible for designing feature pages, special story treatments, Hampshire Life, supplements and other special sections. Pickett is also co-writer of the Saturday food feature Lou & Lucy's Leftovers.

 

Jerrey-Roberts.jpeg Jerrey Roberts

Photographer
Phone: 413-585-5258

Jerrey Roberts has been a staff photographer at the Gazette since 1993. Roberts earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1981, the same year he began working professionally. Besides freelancing, Roberts previously has worked for the Longview (Texas) News Journal and the Sedalia (Mo.) Democrat.

Twitter: @Jerrey4
 

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Andy Castillo

Features writer
Phone: 413-585-5272

Andy Castillo is the health and food feature writer at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. After traveling the world as a writer for GoNOMAD.com Travel and reporting for The Greenfield Recorder just over the county line, Andy returned in 2018 to his hometown Northampton newspaper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette. As a teenager, Andy delivered the Gazette for a number of years, weathering its transition from an evening to morning newspaper in 2006. Later, while studying English at UMass Amherst, Andy sharpened his news writing pen at the university's student-run newspaper, The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, and simultaneously learned to meet deadlines by producing television newscasts with WWLP 22News. Outside of work, Andy is working to complete a master's degree in creative nonfiction from Bay Path University by 2019, and can usually be found in local pubs or coffee shops.

Commercial Printing

Jordan-Prickett.jpeg Jordan Prickett

Commercial Printing Manager
Phone: 413-585-5292

Jordan Prickett manages all aspects of our Commercial Printing Department. In addition to our own daily and weekly publications, we print newspapers, magazines, brochures and more for hundreds of clients throughout New England. Jordan works with our production staff and our clients to ensure that all details of the job are accurately produced. He has been with the company since 2005 and has formerly worked in the Circulation Department. If you’d like to inquire about printing opportunities for your publication please call or email him anytime.