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Staff Directory

aaron-julien.jpgAaron Julien

Publisher
Phone: 413-585-5335 
Aaron Julien, President and CEO of Newspapers of New England, Inc. (NNE), the parent company of the Greenfield Recorder, began his newspaper career in Greenfield writing two poorly written but well-edited high school football stories 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.
 

George Forcier, Editor George Forcier

Editor
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.

 

Anita-Fritz.jpgAnita Fritz

Managing Editor

Phone: 772-0261ext. 270
Anita Fritz orchestrates local news coverage for the Recorder and Recorder.com, overseeing the work of the local reporters and photographers. A Franklin County native, she previously covered the Greenfield beat for several years and did brief stints as Recorder features editor and Athol Daily News editor. She has also written for Yankee magazine and the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune.

Email: afritz@recorder.com
 

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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

 

Jason Butynski Jason Butynski

Sports Editor
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

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.

 

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 Lajoie Jeff 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

Photographer
Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 273

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


 
 
 

David McLellan David McLellan

Reporter
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.


 


Joshua Solomon Joshua Solomon
Greenfield 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.  

E-mail:  jsolomon@recorder.com   
 

 

Max-Marcus.pngMax Marcus

Reporter

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 261
Max Marcus covers northern Franklin County for The Recorder. He is a 2017 graduate of Rutgers University, where he studied English and linguistics. He has written for the Rutgers Daily Targum. The university’s undergraduate-run newspaper. He is a New Jersey native.

Email: mmarcus@recorder.com

 

Domenic-Poli-2016-Franz.pngDom Poli

Reporter

Phone: 772-0261ext. 261
Dom Poli covers southern Franklin County. He has worked in sports and news in Brattleboro, Vt., in Athol and now for the Recorder. He lives in Greenfield with his wife, a Greenfield native, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied journalism.

Email: dpoli@recorder.com
 

Melina-Bourdeau-2018-Franz.pngMelina Bourdeau

Reporter

Phone: 772-0261 ext 263
Melina Bourdeau covers Montague, Gill and Erving. She started her journalism career as a photographer but has worked as a reporter and photographer covering local news for weeklies in the Ware area before moving to daily news reporting for the Recorder. She is a graduated of Framingham State University.

Email: mbourdeau@recorder.com