Staff Directory

CL2021-shawn-Palmer-_1-(1).jpgShawn Palmer


Phone: 413-585-5279

Dan Crowley, Editor Dan Crowley

Pioneer Valley Executive Editor


Phone: 413-585-5239



Shelby BrockShelby-Ashline-2016-Franz.jpg

Managing Editor

Shelby Brock 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.


Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 270


Paul Franz

Paul Franz

Photography Editor

Paul Franz grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1987 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. After interning as a news photographer for the Daily Hampshire Gazette and then The Greenfield Recorder while working for the University Photo Services at UMass Amherst the Greenfield Recorder hired him as a full time News Photographer. In 1992 he was promoted to Chief Photographer helping transition from making black and white prints to developing color film and finally going digital in 2004. Over the years Franz has won numerous awards for his photojournalism and nature photography and was named Photo Editor of the Greenfield Recorder in 2019. Living in Greenfield since 1999, he is raising two daughters that he is trying to launch into adulthood.

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 266


Jeff Lajoie Jeff Lajoie

Pioneer Valley Sports Editor

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

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 260


Chris Harris Chris Harris

Supplements and Athol Daily News Editor

Chris Harris edits 30 annual special sections for the Greenfield Recorder, such as the Almanac, Summer and Fall Valley Guides, holiday and seasonal supplements and special projects publications. She edits three quarterly or bi-monthly niche magazines distributed up and down the Pioneer Valley: Valley Kids, Going Green and Healthy Life. She also serves on the editorial board and edits the Saturday Religion Page. Harris graduated from Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts and has worked at The Recorder since 2004.

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 265


jremillard Jason Remillard

Copy/Layout Editor

Jason has been editing since developing a class newspaper in second grade. A lifelong resident of Chicopee, he graduated from Chicopee Comprehensive High School before going to Syracuse University, where he majored in newspaper. Jason spent 15 1/2 years at The Republican in Springfield as a clerk, sports writer and member of the Publications Hub - responsible for curating content and laying out pages. He has been at the Greenfield Recorder since January 2019.


Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 279


Domenic-Poli-2016-Franz.png Dom Poli


Dom Poli covers the North Quabbin area including Orange, Wendell and New Salem. 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.


Phone: 413-772-0261 ext. 261


Bella Levavi.jpgBella Levavi


Bella is the West County Reporter- covering Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne. Bella is a graduate of Smith College and joined the Recorder in June of 2022.


Phone: 413-772-0261 ext 264

Tom-Johnston-2019-Franz.jpg Thomas Johnston

Sports Reporter

Thomas Johnston began writing for the Recorder sports section in July 2019. He received his bachelors degree in sports journalism from UMass Amherst in the spring of 2019. He previously interned for the Recorder for a semester, while also writing for the Daily Collegian, UMass' student newspaper for four years. He is a New Hampshire native.

Phone: 413-772-0261 ext 256

Mary Byrne photo Mary Bynre


Mary Byrne is the Greenfield Reporter. Prior to covering Greenfield, she spent a year covering southern Franklin County. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism, as well as a graduate of the University of Glasgow, where she earned a master's degree in media, communications and international journalism. She previously worked as a news reporter covering the town of Danvers.

Phone: 413-930-4429

Chris Larabee photo Chris Larabee


Chris Larabee is the South County reporter — covering Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately. He joined the Greenfield Recorder in May 2021 after graduating from Boston University. Chris worked as a sports writer, sports editor and general news writer over the course of three years with BU's student newspaper, The Daily Free Press.

Phone: 413-930-4081

Julian Mendoza photo Julian Mendoza


Julian Mendoza covers all things Montague, Gill, and Erving. Prior to joining the Recorder in June of 2021, he worked as a freelance reporter, having written for Cape Ann Magazine, the Gloucester Daily Times, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and the Amherst Wire. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in both English and journalism and a minor degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. When he takes off his journalist cap, Julian is a passionate musician, basketball player, dancer, and poet.

Phone: 413-772-0261, ext. 261

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