Meet the Staff

EDITORIAL AND LAYOUT DEPARTMENTS

Name: Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Positions: Executive Editor, Book Reviewer 
E-mail: rachel(at)thereportergroup.org

Rabbi Rachel Esserman is the executive editor and book reviewer for The Reporter Group. Her editorials and reviews have won awards from the American Jewish Press Association and the Syracuse Press Club. She also serves as the Jewish chaplain for Broome Development Disabilities Service Office. Her work has been published in "The Women's Torah Commentary" and "The Women's Haftarah Commentary" (both by Jewish Lights Publishing). She has also had a book of poetry, "I Stand By the River," published by Keshet Press of Temple Concord. A Reconstructionist rabbi whose first love is teaching, she sees her position on the paper as an opportunity to educate the public about Judaism.

Name: Diana Sochor

Position: Layout Editor 
E-mail: diana(at)thereportergroup.org

Diana started at The Reporter in May 1996 as the editorial assistant. Prior to that she worked at The Walton Reporter as its proofreader and production manager. She was promoted to assistant editor in June 1999 and became the layout editor in April 2001. While she does the overwhelming majority of the layout for all of The Reporter Group’s newspapers, she’s a bit of a "Jill of all trades," also juggling administrative responsibilities, some of the editing (including for the Stamford paper) and, once in a blue moon, a little bit of writing.

Outside of work, Diana is busy chasing after a very active child, a husband and a psycho cat. She’s also a life member of the Girl Scouts and an avid sci fi/fantasy fan.

Name: Michael Nassberg

Position: Assistant Editor, Film Critic 
E-mail: michael(at)thereportergroup.org

Michael Nassberg, a graduate of Binghamton University, is an article editor and writer for The Reporter Group. During college he wrote and edited for BU’s Pipe Dream, specializing in entertainment coverage and criticism. In graduate school he volunteered for Harpur Palate, a literary journal published by BU’s English Department. He also works as a fiction writer and freelance film critic, whose material has appeared in Homestead Review, Green Mountains Review and on various blogs. In his spare time he is a film buff, bookworm, baseball afficionado and team trivia enthusiast. He is originally from Freehold, New Jersey.

 PRODUCTION AND SALES DEPARTMENTS

Name: Bonnie Rozen

Position: Advertising Executive
E-mail: bonnie(at)thereportergroup.org

Bonnie has been at The Reporter Group since 1995. She enjoys spending time with all her advertisers to ensure they are happy with their ads; Bonnie always makes sure they get results from advertising in our newspapers. Bonnie is a graduate of Traphagen School of Fashion Design, and has had one of her designs sold through Butterrick’s Pattern Book. She has an extensive retail and management background as well. Bonnie was a part time sale associate at Chico's in Vestal until recently when the store closed. She is president of Success Network a business to business networking group. Bonnie is a local artist, she does digital art on her iPad and frames the pictures she draws and has created coasters with her art. She also makes mezuzahs that are made to order out of clay and beautiful decoupage vases.  Visit her office to see the colorful art displayed on her walls!

Name: Jenn DePersis

Position: Production Coordinator / Graphic Artist
E-mail: jenn(at)thereportergroup.org

Having been here at The Reporter Group for almost seven years, Jenn designs the ads for many of the papers in our circulation as well as electronically sending the papers to the printer. A graduate of Purchase College, Jenn brings more than 14 years experience with her, in newspaper and book production as well as marketing. As Production Coordinator, Jenn communicates with our printers as well as customers and coordinates many of the special  projects The Reporter Group produces. While not behind the computer at work or home doing freelance, she is an avid knitter and owner of two adopted shelter dogs.

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Email: Accounting@thereportergroup.org

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