Staff Directory

George Forcier George Forcier

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 250

George Forcier is The Recorder's editor. He has worked in various editing capacities, all involving the gathering of local news in Franklin County, for about 35 years. Before that he worked for several small daily newspapers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts as a reporter and an editor. He also has taught journalism at the University of Massachusetts for a quarter century and has written magazine stories for regional publications over the years. For fun he builds furniture, brews beer and bakes bread.


michael-rifanburg-publisher.jpg Michael Rifanburg

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 200

Michael Rifanburg, Publisher of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Recorder, Amherst Bulletin and the Valley Advocate has been in the newspaper industry for more than 30 years. He started his career at Park newspapers in Norwich, NY in advertising sales and has since worked for Gannett, Ottaway/Dow Jones, Lee Enterprises and New Media in a variety of sales, mid-level manager and publisher roles. Mike and his wife Nance live in Deerfield, MA. They have a son in Minneapolis, MN, a daughter in Los Angeles, CA and they enjoy theater, music and the outdoors.



Justin Abelson Justin Abelson

News Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 253

A native of New York state, Abelson has been with The Recorder since 1997. Along with the editorial page, he has been the Sunday night editor, responsible for putting out the Monday edition during his tenure at the paper. He has been a reporter or editor for more than 30 years working in newspapers, with stops in New York, Kansas, Connecticut, and New Hampshire before coming to Greenfield and Franklin County. Married with three kids and two dogs, Abelson earned his bachelor's degree at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., and a master's at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.


Shelby Ashline Shelby-Ashline-2016-Franz.jpg

Features Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 276

Shelby Ashline became the Recorder Features editor in February 2018. As a reporter, she used to cover Northfield, Bernardston, Warwick and Leyden. She is a 2016 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied Journalism and French. In her journalism career, she has written for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, Amherst Wire, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Western Mass Women Magazine and Beetle Press. Shelby is originally from Vermont and is also an avid horse enthusiast.

E-mail: sashline@recorder.com

Diane Broncaccio Diane Broncaccio

Senior Reporter (West County)
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 277

A graduate of the Ohio University School of Journalism, Diane Broncaccio has lived in Massachusetts since 1980 and wrote features in Boston before moving to Shelburne Falls in 1988. She has been with The Recorder for at least 25 years as a copy editor and reporter. She now covers the nine West County hilltowns: Shelburne, Buckland, Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Heath, Rowe, Monroe and Hawley.

Twitter:  @dbronc

Jason Butynski Jason Butynski

Sports Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 256

Jason Butynski has been writing for the Recorder sports department since 2006, covering high school sports and other local sports stories. He is a Greenfield native, growing up on his family's vegetable farm. Butynski graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from UMass in 2005. He is a proud supporter of the New York Giants and also cheers on the other local professional teams in all other sports. www.facebook.com/JayButynski

Andy-Castillo-2016-Franz.jpg Andrew Castillo

South County Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 263

Andy Castillo covers the South County beat for The Recorder. Before he moved into the newspaper business, Andy worked as an EMT, caricature artist, military firefighter, travel writer, cameraman and news producer at WWLP 22 News. He's an Air Force veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom who graduated from UMass Amherst in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in English. When he's not writing, Andy enjoys powerlifting, travel and local craft brews.

Richie Davis Richie Davis

Senior Reporter (Environment and Politics)
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 269

Richie originally comes from New Hyde Park, N.Y. He previously worked as Editor at Genesee Valley Newspapers in Penfield and Brockport, N.Y., until he came to The Recorder in 1976. He has been with the paper ever since, besides some time as the Arts Editor at the Springfield Daily News 1984-86.


Dan DesrochersDan Desrochers

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 257

Dan Desrochers joined the Recorder in February 2018 after spending nearly two years as a reporter for The Westfield News. In addition to being a reporter, Dan spent nearly a decade as an EMT in cities including Springfield and Holyoke and is currently a graduate student in the Umass School of Public Policy. His interests include fantasy sports, especially fantasy baseball, exploring new cities and towns, hiking with his dogs and, when time allows, playing guitar.  


Paul Franz

Paul Franz

Senior Photographer
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 266

Paul has worked for the Recorder since 1989 and lived in Greenfield since 1999.


Chris Harris Chris Harris

Supplements Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 265

Chris Harris edits special sections for The Recorder, such as the Almanac, Summer and Fall Valley Guides, holiday and seasonal supplements and special projects publications. She also edits three niche publications distributed up and down the Pioneer Valley: Valley Kids, Going Green and Healthy Life. She also edits the Religion Page and fills in for the local and wire editors two nights a week. Harris graduated from Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts and has worked at The Recorder since 2004.

Jeff LajoieJeff Lajoie

Sports Reporter

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 260

Jeff Lajoie began writing for The Recorder sports department in February 2017. Prior to that, he spent six years covering high school sports for Salmon Press publications in the Lake Winnipesaukee area of New Hampshire. A Holyoke native, Lajoie graduated from UMass with a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2008. He has spent time as a sports stringer for The Recorder since 2004.

Twitter:  @Jeff_Lajoie

Dan LIttle

Dan Little

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 273

Dan Little joined the Greenfield Recorder in August 2017. He previously interned at the Daily Hampshire Gazette.


Gena Mangiaratti Gena Mangiaratti

Night News Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 279

Gena Mangiaratti has been at The Recorder since December 2015. Before that, she worked at the Daily Hampshire Gazette as a correspondent and then an education reporter. Her first name is pronounced "Jenna."

Twitter:  @mangiaratti

David McLellanDavid McLellan

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 268

David McLellan covers eastern Franklin County for The Recorder. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied journalism and Chinese. David has written for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and the Daily Hampshire Gazette. A lifelong Massachusetts resident (besides 4 months in Beijing), David enjoys a good surface on which to skateboard or ski,  the Minnesota Vikings and learning about various nations' histories.


Gary Sanderson Gary Sanderson

Sports Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 255

Gary is from South Deerfield attended his area high school, Frontier Regional School, and area college, UMass-Amherst. Sanderson is currently the sports editor at the Recorder and has been since 1986. He was also a sports reporter from 1979-85 and works as an outdoor columnist for the paper, penning "On The Trail" since 1980. He is a four-decade member of New England Outdoor Writers Association and Outdoor Writers Association of America. He lives with his wife, Joanne, in Greenfield.

Joshua SolomonJoshua Solomon
Education/Health Reporter
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 264

Joshua covers health, welfare and education across the county. Most recently he covered the election in D.C. for The Jerusalem Post, following a stint in Jerusalem covering everything from politics to Beduin horse racing. He's a 2016 graduate of George Washington University and a proud Queens, N.Y. native. Solomon also wrote for his local newspaper, The Queens Gazette. He loves his New York sports teams (yes, the Yankees and the Giants) and enjoys hip-hop shows and a good bagel.  

Peter Stilla
Wire Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 275

Peter worked in a number of editorial positions around the US before coming to the Recorder in August 2016.
A native of Cambridge, MA, Peter graduated from Boston College with degrees in English and communications before moving to California and getting his first newspaper job in the picturesque town of Ojai, near Santa Barbara. He is happy to be back in his native New England, though, especially at The Recorder.

E-mail: pstilla@recorder.com  


Megan Tkacy

Megan Tkacy

Copy Editor

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 272

Megan started at The Recorder in December 2016. She works with the Features and News departments.

E-mail:  mtkacy@recorder.com


Greg Tyler Gregory Tyler

Utility Editor
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 271

A Greenfield native, Gregory started as an education reporter at The Recorder in 2000. He became a copy editor in 2002, producing pages in the Local section of the newspaper, as well as filling in as night managing editor and A&E/L&T editor. As of 2015, he became night managing editor, in charge of laying out the front page and more.  In January 2017, he became the newspaper's first online editor.


Christine Winiewski

Christine Wisniewski
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 280

A Maryland native, Christie Wisniewski has always dreamed of living in New England. She graduated from Hood College in Frederick, MD with a degree in journalism and criminology, and has had internships at the Frederick News-Post and Maryland State Police Headquarters. She covers the towns of Montague, Gill, and Erving. When she's not in the office, she can be found hiking and bird watching, driving long distances to find cool places, or searching for the best new restaurant. She joined the Greenfield Recorder in January 2018. She covers Montague and Gill.