About The Yorktown Daily Voice

The Yorktown Daily Voice informs your community with local, relevant and timely news delivered on the web and your mobile device. Our local reporters - supported by a team of experienced editors - deliver your news, sports, events and most importantly - your voice.

Editorial Team

Karen Tensa

Karen has lived and worked in Connecticut for more than two decades. Her professional experience includes more than a decade of work as the news editor at The Advocate in Stamford and reporting and editing stints on the staff of The Hartford Courant, among others. She is dedicated to local news, winter sports and reading nonfiction books.

Andrea Graziano

Andrea Graziano was a reporter for the Journal News in Rockland and Westchester counties for eight years, covering everything from schools to immigration to breaking news. Prior to that she worked at a chain of weekly newspapers on Long Island's North Shore and as a freelance writer for Yankees Magazine. She has a Master's Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. When not working, she enjoys reading, running and spending as much time as possible with her husband and two sons.

Zak Failla

Zak worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. He is a Long Island native and proud alum of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communication. When he’s not bemoaning the Atlanta Braves’ playoff woes, you can probably find him on the phone with his mom.

Joe Lombardi

Joe Lombardi, Daily Voice's managing editor and director of media initiatives, has spent his professional career as a newsroom manager, writer and editor who has worked at major websites, television networks, newspapers, magazines and radio stations and as a book author.

The New York City native and Irvington High School graduate has been actively involved in web publishing for more than 15 years. In addition, he also has expertise in marketing, public relations and social media.

Lombardi rejoined Daily Voice in September, 2013 after serving as sports editorial consultant here from August 2011 through January 2012.

Joe Jenkins

Joe Jenkins is a reporter who has worked for various publications including the Poughkeepsie Journal and the New York Daily News. He Graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2003 and received his master's degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. Joe is also a contributing columnist and analyst for various online sports publications.

Sam Barron

An (almost) lifelong Westchester resident, Sam has reported on all facets of Westchester since he graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in print journalism, including stints at North County News and The Examiner. A film columnist for WAG Magazine, Sam's moviegoing expertise has been profiled in the New York Times and he was a featured guest on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.

Tom Auchterlonie

Tom Auchterlonie is an experienced local journalist and is originally from Mount Kisco. Prior to joining The Daily Voice he spent more than four years at Patch.com, where he covered Mount Kisco, New Castle and Bedford. He has also freelanced for various local publications, including The Examiner, Inside Chappaqua and The Record-Review. Tom is an alumnus of Syracuse University.

Jon Craig

Pleasantville native Jon Craig covers Southern Westchester for the Daily Voice. Jon graduated from Cornell University and received his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He's worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in New York and Ohio and as managing editor for weekly newspapers in Rye, White Plains and Harrison.

Alesha Hanson

Alesha Hanson is a graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Alesha has knowledge in marketing, promotions and social media.  Alesha worked at WFAS Radio as a marketing and promotions intern and as a social media marketing intern for SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family. 

Jeanne Muchnick

Jeanne Muchnick, Daily Voice Features Editor, has covered everything from baby advice for Parents Magazine to travel finds for The Rough Guides to human interest features for The New York Times to lifestyle insights for prevention.com. She has been a Senior Editor at top national women’s magazines including Woman’s World and Woman’s Day and was instrumental in the launch of Gannett's InTown, Rockland and Putnam magazines. She is also the author of Dinner for Busy Moms. Among her favorite things to write about: Her neighbors and surrounding communities. So email her and fill her in on what's happening near you.

Community Advisor

Karli Wheeler

Karli Wheeler, Media Manager for the Yorktown Central School District, has lived in Yorktown for 20 years. She leads district communications with a career that began in consumer and professional online services sales and marketing. Wheeler has a Master's degree in education from Mercy College.

James Van Develde

James Van Develde has been the Director of Communications in the Lakeland Central School District for the past 30 years following ten years as a newspaper reporter/editor. He is also in charge of the district's Continuing Education program.

Barbara Bodnar

Barbara Bodnar is an award winning realtor for Coldwell Banker in Yorktown covering Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam Counties. Bodnar has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and is an active rotarian. She is also a member of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit: http://www.coldwellbankermoves.com/real_estate_agent/262/Barbara-Barb-Bodnar.aspx

Bruce Apar

Bruce Apar is a Hudson Valley media personality and community organizer whose Bruce The Blog weekly commentary appears in several Northern Westchester periodicals and at BruceTheBlog.com. He is proprietor of APAR All-Media, a full-service agency for marketing, content and promotion, and is on the Foundation board of New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. Apar is host of two weekly cable TV programs, “Hudson Valley WXYZ” (also on YouTube) and Grace Notes with Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace. “Hudson Valley WXYZ” also is a Facebook page and Twitter feed. He serves as founding president of Yorktown Organizations United, and of Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation (2010 Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Organization of the Year). In 2010, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Yorktown Lions Leo Club. He also has served on the boards of New York Press Association and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. From 2006 to February 2015, he was with Chase Media Group, where he served as Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of North County News, and held various other positions in content, social media and marketing.

Barbara Cervoni

A lifelong Westchester resident, Barbara Cervoni is Director of Services and Communication for Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Barbara is responsible for communications and media outreach to promote the organization’s events and support services. She also is responsible for management and oversight of all service provision. Prior to joining Support Connection’s staff in 2004, Barbara worked as Communications and Outreach Coordinator for CAREERS for People With Disabilities. As a licensed social worker with a Master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, Barbara spent the first 11 years of her professional career as a social worker in a variety of settings, where her experience spanned direct service, consultation, training and supervision.

Joanne DeMarco

Joanne earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from SUNY Oneonta and Master of Arts degree in Media and Communication Arts from Pace University. She’s currently the Assistant Director of Assessment at the College of Health Professions at Pace University in Pleasantville. Throughout her professional career, she has held positions in both data management and communication. She loves to write, blog and is very active on social media. Joanne lives in Yorktown Heights with her husband and two daughters and has called Yorktown “home” for over 30 years. She is active in her community, with a keen interest in issues that affect education and local government.