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Welcome to the newest members of our News team

January 7, 2016
Editorial , Lake Placid News

You may have noticed new bylines on our pages lately. Two new full-time reporters have joined our newsroom for the Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and now that the bustle of the Christmas and New Year's holidays is over, we'd like to formally welcome Justin A. Levine and Antonio Olivero.

Justin started Dec. 14 on the outdoors and sports beats. He grew up in Gloversville, just outside the Adirondack Park's southern boundary, graduated from Paul Smith's College in 2004 with a degree in natural resources management and policy, worked as a water quality specialist for the city of Jacksonville, Florida, and returned to the Adirondacks in 2011 to work for the state Department of Environmental Conservation in operations. He is a local search-and-rescue volunteer and does as much homesteading as he can at his home in Vermontville, which he shares with his wife and stepson.

He replaces Shaun Kittle, who left here for a job at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

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So far, Justin has interviewed Lake Placid's "ice meisters" about the unfrozen water, surprised people with the news that state officials consider deer, not birds, to be the most dangerous animals to airplanes, and covered a bunch of sports games.

Antonio started here Dec. 21, covering the Lake Placid area, Essex County, and state and national politics. He grew up in downstate Putnam County and graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a regular at the Daily Orange newspaper. He came here from New Jersey, where he was a full-time sports writer for NJ.com and the Star-Ledger newspaper of Newark. There he drew attention for investigating a renowned football coach accused of allowing violent hazing, finding that players as far back as the 1980s said he had turned a blind eye then, too.

He replaces Matthew Turner, who moved back to the Philadelphia area where his family lives.

Since moving to Lake Placid, Antonio has reported on the business community's response to a warm winter, on workers' and employers' adjustment to a higher minimum wage, on road salt seeping into Mirror Lake, and on local middle-school athletes heading to Austria for the International Children's Games.

We think they're doing a good job so far, and we enjoy their company to boot. Please join us in welcoming them.

 
 

 

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