Joe Soprano is the Times Leader Media Group's news editor. He has worked at the paper in various positions since 1989. Through his career at the Times Leader, his work has appeared in sports, news and features sections. He writes the "Cycling Scene" blog and column throughout the summer months. Joe is a 1988 graduate of the Penn State University, where he worked with the football program for four seasons, and a 1984 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School.
Michael Reich is the Times Leader Media Group's night editor. A Hazleton native and proud Penn State graduate, Reich was previously employed as a reporter, copy editor and columnist for 16 years at the Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg. An avid student of American history, he busies himself maintaining one of southern Luzerne County's finest lawns while waiting patiently for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl.
Dennis has more than 25 years of media-related experience in newspapers, politics, public relations and digital media. After stints as a sports and features writer, editor and page designer at the Lansing State Journal and Jackson Citizen Patriot in Michigan, Dennis became a press aide at the Michigan House of Representatives coordinating media and public relations for state lawmakers. He then worked as Communications Director for two statewide organizations in the fields of engineering and agriculture before moving back home to upstate New York to become Special Projects Editor and designer for Northern New York Newspapers. Dennis, a graduate of Michigan State University, has been a Pittsburgh Pirates fans since birth and looks forward to wearing his No. 21 jersey around town.
Matt loves hard cover books and vinyl records. He is passionate about documenting life in its most creative and experiential frequencies, and he is an avid supporter of local artists, businesses and cultural events. When he's not writing for the A&E department, he's usually among family or friends, pretending to be a musician.
Dotty Martin is the Times Leader Media Group's suburban editor, where she oversees content for the Abington Journal, Dallas Post and Sunday Dispatch. Dotty has also been a sportswriter, assistant Lifestyles editor and Special Projects Coordinator at the Times Leader. Dotty lives in Forty Fort and is active in the community as a volunteer for the Luzerne County Youth Aid Panel Program, the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Victory Sports League and the Northeast Advisory Council of Step by Step.
Bill O'Boyle is the Times Leader Media Group's news columnist/staff writer. His popular "Beyond the Byline" column on Sundays and occasional "Feet to the Fire"commentaries are fixtures on our pages. Bill has written for the Times Leader since April 2007, covering everything from Wilkes-Barre City to presidential races and local, state and national politics to breaking news to the repair of the Wyoming Monument. A native of Plymouth now residing in Plains Township, O'Boyle volunteers with Victory Sports for adults with mental and physical challenges, the Hope Center Free Clinic of Wyoming Valley and he serves as a judge in the annual Plymouth Kielbasa Festival contest. A child of the sixties, O'Boyle often visits the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel, New York, and his radio is locked into the music of that time.
Jennifer Learn-Andes is the Times Leader Media Group reporter covering Luzerne County government. Jennifer started working at the Times Leader as in intern in 1991 while attending Wilkes University. After covering features, the Hazleton Area School District and municipal government, Jennifer has been concentrating on the county beat since 2000. She lives in the Hazleton area and enjoys spending time with family, watching classic films, exploring state parks and hunting for cheap antiques.
Jerry Lynott is the Times Leader Media Group's reporter covering Wilkes-Barre. He began working as a night reporter in October 1988 and has covered a variety of beats. He lives on a family farm in Wyoming County with his wife, Jean, and daughter, Sarah.
Mark Guydish is the Times Leader Media Group's reporter covering education, a beat he has held since 1995. Additionally, he produces graphics and covers religion. He has pitched in as columnist, editorial writer, blogger, general number cruncher and in video and page layout. The seventh of nine children, he is originally from West Hazleton but moved to Wilkes-Barre after marrying arts and entertainment reporter Mary Therese Biebel in 2001. He has cycled across the country, canoed much of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, backpacked for decades and amassed a large array of Lego bricks.
Melanie Mizenko is the Times Leader Media Group's reporter covering the Southern Suburbs. Melanie started working at The Times Leader in January 2014. Melanie hails from Ashley. In what little free time Melanie has, she enjoys watching New York Jets football, Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, and IndyCar racing.
Eileen Godin is a Times Leader Media Group's reporter covering the Back Mountain region. Eileen is a native of Kingston Township, who graduated with a double major in Communications and Psychology from Wilkes University. She started working for the Times Leader in 1997 before moving to New England. Eileen returned to the Times Leader in 2007 as a correspondent. In 2015, she was hired as a business reporter at the Times Leader. Today, Eileen is the Back Mountain reporter for the Dallas Post and Times Leader.
Mary Therese Biebel is a Times Leader Media Group arts and entertainment reporter. She enjoys writing about local folks whose accomplishments, challenges or zest for life might make you want to stand up and cheer them on. Mary Therese began working at the Times Leader as an intern in 1983 and has filled roles as diverse as obit clerk, city desk reporter and social editor. She lives in Wilkes-Barre with her husband, Mark; dotes on her nieces and nephews; and enjoys hiking, swimming and cross-country skiing.
John Erzar is a Times Leader Media Group reporter covering high school football, baseball and softball, NASCAR and IndyCar racing, and Little League. He is an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals and Cleveland Cavaliers. He enjoys weight training and music, particularly Marillion and Mushroomhead. He also volunteers his time as a coach at the Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League.
Derek Levarse is the Times Leader Media Group's Penn State football beat reporter. He has covered that beat since 2007, and covered the program for various outlets since the 2003 season, including while serving as a writer and editor for four years at The Daily Collegian in State College. A Pittsburgh native and Penn State alum, Derek also covers Wyoming Valley Conference high school baseball and Freedom Conference college basketball.
Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader Media Group sports reporter. He returned to the paper as a sports columnist in 2008 after spending 10 years in the same role, and as a Philadelphia Eagles beat writer, for The Express-Times in Easton. Prior to that, Paul covered the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and local college football and basketball beats during the first 14 years of his career working for the Times Leader. Paul grew up in Luzerne, and spends whatever spare time he can find caring for his house and his cat in Wilkes-Barre.
Tom Venesky is the Times Leader Media Group's reporter covering the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the outdoors. Tom came to the Times Leader in 2006 as the outdoors writer and added the Penguins beat in 2007. He has been writing a Sunday outdoors page locally since 2001, which has won several media awards. Tom resides in Hobbie with his wife Kathleen and their children, Hunter and Kelly Ann. He enjoys hunting, fishing and farming.
Sean McKeag began his interest in photojournalism in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. He would spend a lot of time walking around the streets and meeting the diverse populace of the city. He opened up his ears and listened to the stories of peoples' lives. He paired that with the love of photography. In 2014, he graduated with a bachelors degree in photojournalism from Point Park University. Sean moved to northeastern Pa as a photographer/videographer for the Time Leader newspaper in September, 2015. On his off time, he enjoys hiking around this beautiful area, going to see live music, and of course, photography.
Aimee Dilger is a Times Leader Media Group photographer/videographer. She has been a visual journalist at the Times Leader for 10 years. She started taking pictures at 7 or 8 and decided to study photography in college and learned a lot about student loans and a little about photography. Aimee started as a freelancer with the Times Leader and weeklies. She was then picked up as a staffer and has been with the Times Leader since. She and her husband have two kids, of whom she enjoys taking lots of pictures. She still has some of that student debt. She has won a bunch of awards, photographed some cool stuff and interesting people, and loves going to work — most days.
Brigid Edmunds is a paginator/reporter for the Times Leader. She started her career at the Times Leader as an obituary clerk in October 2015. She graduated cum laude from Marywood University in May 2016 with a degree in broadcast journalism and digital production. Fun fact: she's been to four continents.
atrick Kernan works with the Times Leader Media Group, acting as a reporter and doing both social media and obituaries. Patrick graduated Marywood University in 2016, double majoring in broadcast journalism and English. Patrick's passion is reporting on music, and you can read his weekly album review in the Weekender.
Jimmy Fisher is a Times Leader Media Group reporter covering Greater Pittston. Jimmy is a 2013 graduate of Misericordia University, where he received his bachelor's degree in mass communications. Prior to attending Misericordia, he spent two years at Luzerne County Community College, where he graduated in 2011 after earning his Associate's Degree in Journalism. Jimmy served as a correspondent for the Times Leader sports department from 2011 to 2014 before joining the Sunday Dispatch full-time as a news reporter in 2014. A Berwick native, Jimmy likes to use his spare time participating in various forms of martial arts such as Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Boxing. He is also an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Elizabeth Baumeister is a Times Leader Media Group reporter covering the Abingtons. She began working at the Abington Journal as a reporter/photographer in July 2011. She is a graduate of Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, where she earned an A.A.S. degree in Journalism and Media Writing in 2012 and an A.A.S degree in Photography in 2014. She hails from Dalton, and enjoys hiking, attending concerts and staying active as a member of Restored Church in Wilkes-Barre. Her favorite food group is caffeine.
Robert Tomkavage is the Times Leader Media Group's reporter covering the Abington Heights School District, as well as other news and sports features in the Abingtons. Robert started working at The Abington Journal as a sports correspondent in 2010, before being hired as a full-time reporter. Robert lives in Peckville and enjoys playing golf.