Chronicle staff bios

Chris Braithwaite

Chris Braithwaite stumbled into journalism in 1964 and found a job with the Brampton (Ontario) Times & Conservator for $45 a week.  Subsequently, he worked in the field at the Anderson (California) Valley News, the Portland Oregonian and the Los Angeles bureau of Newsweek while obtaining a BA in economics from Pomona College.  He went to work for the Toronto Globe & Mail on its Report on Business in 1969, dropped out to northeastern Vermont in 1970, and recovered by founding the weekly Barton Chronicle there in 1974.

Since 1997 he has worked in a dozen distant places as a media development consultant under the auspices of the International Center for Journalists and other organizations.  This work has taken him to all of the countries that once made up Yugoslavia, as well as to Albania, Sierra Leone, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Indonesia.  He is now back at the Chronicle, where they are trying to figure out what to do with him. Originally perceived as “that hippy paper,” the Chronicle has become something of an institution in its community, selling about 7,500 copies a week in a county of about 27,000 souls.  Contact Chris at chris@bartonchronicle.com.

Brianne Nichols

Brianne Nichols

Brianne Nichols is the production manager and has worked at the Chronicle since 1996.  She handles the advertising department, does graphic design, and makes sure the pages get to the press each week.  She lives in Brownington with her husband and daughter.  Aside from her duties at the Chronicle, Brianne is an artist and creates abstract pet portraits.  Check them out at:  www.BriannesPetPortraits.com.  To reach Brianne at the Chronicle, send an e-mail to ads@bartonchronicle.com.

Bethany M. Dunbar

Bethany M. Dunbar

Bethany M. Dunbar of West Glover is managing editor.  She handles trend stories, letters to the editor, processes photos, covers agriculture, profiles, and general news, edits, and works on the website.  On Wednesday mornings at 8:35 you might hear her on WDEV radio talking about the week’s news.  She occasionally appears on Vermont This Week on Vermont Public Television.  She is past president of the Vermont Press Association and serves on the board.  Her guidebook and photo collection about farmers and food in the Northeast Kingdom, Kingdom’s Bounty, was published by Umbrage Editions in New York and is available elsewhere on this website.  Contact her at  bethany@bartonchronicle.com.

Tracy Davis Pierce

Tracy and granddaughter, KallieGeneral Manager Tracy Davis Pierce started working at the Chronicle 27 years ago, in 1986, while attending Lyndon State College where she studied business.  Ms. Davis Pierce handles the business operations of the paper.  In addition to her regular duties, Ms. Davis Pierce has run Warm the Children Orleans County, Inc. since 1994. This program collects donations for and purchases new warm winter outerwear for area needy children and has served thousands of families over the past 18 years.  For that achievement she received an award from the Governor for Outstanding Community Service in 2006.  She served on the board as secretary and treasurer for the Barton Area Chamber of Commerce.  She is a people person and in free time enjoys cooking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling but especially enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, Kallie.  Contact her at tracy@bartonchronicle.com.

Kjya DeToma

Kjya DeToma has been working at the Chronicle for two and a half years.  She sells advertising in Derby, Derby Line, Canada, Island Pond, Charleston, Orleans, Irasburg, and the rest of northeast Orleans County.  She loves selling ads.  “To be blunt, I like to talk,” she says.  “It’s not even like I’m working; it’s just like I’ve got a whole bunch of friends.”  She enjoys visiting with her clients, many of whom have become friends, every day.  She lives in West Charleston with her two children, Kheilbi and Jacob LaRose.  She also works part-time as a bartender at Robin’s Roost, which has led her to some contacts for possible advertising.  Contact Kjya by phone at (802) 673-4331 or by e-mail at kd@bartonchronicle.com.

Joseph Gresser

Joseph Gresser

Joseph Gresser brings his 15 years of experience as a selectman in Stannard to his coverage of local issues.  He also has a strong background as a maker and presenter of art.  Rumors to the contrary Joseph Gresser is not Richard Creaser.  Contact Joseph at joseph@bartonchronicle.com.

 

Georgia Young with two of her grandchildren, Lincoln and Abby.

 

Georgia Young

Georgia Young has worked at the Chronicle for over 25 years.  She started in the subscription department and currently is the circulation manager.  She also does display ad billing, proof reading and delivers papers.  She is a woman with many hats.  She grew up in West Glover and has lived in Vermont all her life (so far) except for a year in Adana, Turkey, and two years just outside of Washington, D.C.  She is the mother of three grown sons and has five grandchildren and is a daughter of the infamous Loudon Young.  Contact her at subs@bartonchronicle.com.

Tena Starr

Tena Starr is news editor of the Chronicle.  She handles requests for coverage and is the assignment editor, covers crime, economics, and general news, and lays out the paper.  She has worked at the Chronicle, on and off, since 1981. She has also worked for the Burlington Free Press, the Caledonian Record, and Country Folks.  She owned and managed North Star Nursery in Barton for ten years, and lives in Glover. Contact her at tenas@bartonchronicle.com.

Jeannine B. Young

Jeannine B. Young

Jeannine B. Young has worked as a production assistant at the Chronicle since 1997.  She designs ads, does proofreading, and edits the Kingdom Calendar of Events.  She is also self-employed as a copy editor and proofreader.  Her special interests are history, genealogy, and bird watching.  She grew up in West Glover’s Andersonville district, attended one- and two-room schools through grade school, and graduated from Craftsbury Academy.  After spending four years in the Army, she worked for 16 years in civil service at Edwards AFB, CA.  She graduated with a B.A. from Chapman College while at Edwards.  Two years before moving back to Vermont, she bought a home in Andersonville that had been in the family since the early 1940s and lives there today.  She can be reached at ads@bartonchronicle.com.

Kathy Seymour

Kathy Seymour

Kathy Seymour has been at the Chronicle since 1998.  A production assistant, she designs ads, puts the final pages together, proofreads, wears a few other hats, and tweaks a lot!!  She was born and went to school in Norwalk, Connecticut.  While in Connecticut she worked at a private girls’ school in Greenwich as office manager, and then worked for an architect as administrative assistant.  In 1979, while temping at a magazine publishing company, she discovered and liked the creativity of typesetting and climbed the ladder in that company to production manager.  In 1993, burned out by the pace of “the big city” she decided to move to Newport, Vermont, to be closer to family.  She was lucky enough to bring three magazines up with her from the same company and produced them from home for another five years.  After a brief proofreading position she applied at the Chronicle in 1998, gratefully got the job, and has been here ever since.  She now owns a home in Barton, where she lives with her rescued black lab, Nala, and is happily just a few minutes from work. She loves watching her flowers grow and has been very successful selling her painted glass bottles.  Her e-mail address is kathleenseymour@comcast.net.

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Zack Lafont

Zack Lafont

Advertising representative Zack Lafont grew up in the West Glover and Barton area and graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 2007.  He attended Lyndon State College for broadcast journalism.  He has worked as advertising sales representative for the Chronicle since December 2012. In free time he enjoys kayaking, barbecueing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Call Zack at (802) 673-8947 or e-mail him at zack@bartonchronicle.com.

Richard Creaser

Richard was born in Quebec, raised in Nova Scotia before finally landing in the Northeast Kingdom.  A 1994 graduate of the University of King’s College Journalism program, he spent several years outside the field trying to find the perfect fit.  Stints as a postal worker, line cook, gas jockey and video lottery teller convinced him to give journalism another go.  He met and married his wife, Bethany, who hails from Newport, and finally settled down at the Chronicle in 2002.  Writing for the Chronicle has afforded him a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of the Kingdom’s residents.  To an outsider, there is no better education than immersion in the region’s daily workings.  Despite an eerie similarity in last names with co-worker Joseph Gresser, Richard maintains that they are indeed two completely different people.  Richard is the one wearing shoes.  Richard is a staff writer who works based out of his home in Derby Line.  Contact him at nek_scribbler@hotmail.com.

Natalie Hormilla

Natalie Hormilla is the assistant editor at the Chronicle as of July of 2011.  She’s the person to contact with any news, press releases, birth announcements, obituaries, etc.  She helps edit and lay out the paper, and writes articles.  She grew up in Cranford, New Jersey, graduated from The New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York City where she majored in writing, and completed various internships in magazine publishing before becoming the editor of a fashion news website in Soho, a position she left in order to move out to the country and enjoy the greener side of life.  She now lives in West Glover with her husband and daughter.  You can reach her at news@bartonchronicle.com.

Paul Lefebvre

Paul Lefebvre has been an on-again off-again staff writer for the Chronicle since the late 1970s.  He covers the Legislature, court, land use issues and history.  His column, Yours from the Perimeter, is about life in the Upper Kingdom, the northern most reaches of the Northeast Kingdom.  The column has won numerous awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in both serious and humorous categories.  He has published two collections  of his columns, which are available at his web site:  www.upperkingdom.com.  Contact Paul at paul@bartonchronicle.com.

Trudy Blackburn

Trudy Blackburn is part of the Wednesday circulation crew, getting the papers out to the route drivers and labeling them for mailing.  She has been with the Chronicle for 30 years.  One of her many other jobs and hobbies in life is wreath making.  Skills including keeping Nelson Stevens somewhat under control and in check. (see next bio)

Nelson Stevens

Nelson C. Stevens III

Nelson Stevens brings the freshly printed papers back from Upper Valley Press to the Chronicle office each Wednesday morning.  He helps get them in the hands of delivery route people and puts labels on the ones to be mailed at Barton, then takes them to the Post Office.  It’s a job he has been doing for 35 or 36 years.
In his free time he loves to play pool and horseshoes.  “I have a great interest in all things concerning the universe.”

Billy Thompson

Bill Thompson

Billy Thompson delivers the Chronicle to stores in Newport and Derby Line.  He has worked for the Chronicle for 30 years.  He also works for the Green Mountain Trading Post, makes maple syrup and plays music.  Bands included the Ten Mile Shuffle band, the Radiators, and the BTUs.

General information

The Chronicle office is at 133 Water Street in Barton, Vermont.  The office is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on press day Wednesdays, and open Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Call (802) 525-3531 during these hours or e-mail us any time.  If it’s about a news story, photo, letter to the editor, or press release, send an e-mail to news@bartonchronicle.com.  If it’s about an advertisement or a listing for the calendar send it to:  ads@bartonchronicle.com.  Fax: (802) 525-3200.  Mailing address:  the Chronicle, P.O. Box 660, Barton, VT 05822.  Or you can use the contact forms on this website.  If you want to contact a staff member directly, the e-mail addresses are highlighted above.  Thanks for your interest!

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