About The Cortlandt Daily Voice

The Cortlandt 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, managing editor and director of media initiatives, returned to Daily Voice in September, 2013 after serving as a sports editorial consultant here from August 2011 through January 2012.

Lombardi has spent much of his professional career as an award-winning writer and editor who has worked at major websites, newspapers and magazines, as a book author and as a television and radio broadcaster who has anchored studio shows and been a play-by-play and color analyst.

Lombardi is also an innovative and energetic entrepreneur who is a team leader, team builder and multimedia, multi-platform professional.

He has been actively involved in web publishing for such sites as Yahoo’s rivals.com, CBS’s MaxPreps.com, NBA.com, SLAMonline.com, InsideLacrosse.com, LoHud.com, MSGVarsity.com and LaxLessons.com. In addition, he also has expertise in marketing, public relations and social media.

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. In the past, Alesha interned 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. 

Community Advisor

Annie Chesnut

Annie Chesnut is a Communications Specialist with Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES who works on site in the Hendrick Hudson School District Office. She’s responsible for all district p.r. and communications initiatives, including the website, Facebook, and social networking outreach; photos and press releases; print and digital newsletters; and branding/marketing efforts. She is a former newspaper editor and reporter, nonprofit communications director, and freelance school and community p.r. person. A Communication Arts graduate of the University of California, San Diego, she began her career in the high-pressure New York City corporate graphics world. She lives in the Putnam Valley school district, where she and her husband raised two children, both of whom are wonderful communicators.

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.

William Powers

Bill Powers has been an active civic member for all of his adult life. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Peekskill St. Patrick's Parade Committee. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Peekskill Celebration, and Vice Chairman of the Peekskill St. Patrick's Parade Committee. He currently runs his own public relations and TV production company, Powers PR Video. He is an Emmy-nominated TV producer, Telly Award winner, and Beacon Award winner. He is also a published writer and photographer and was selected as the 2007 Grand Marshal for the Peekskill St. Patrick’s Parade. Professionally, he has held positions at the City of New Rochelle, Cablevision and the Chamber of Commerce, generally with a focus on public relations.

Andrea Naso-Nord

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>Andrea Naso-Nord is director of development & communications at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, located at 515 North St. in White Plains. She lives in Croton-on-Hudson.

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.

Carol Arrucci

Carol Arrucci, Co-Owner of The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts in Croton, is an award winning, 30-year veteran music teacher in the Hendrick Hudson Schools and at Greenwich Academy. With a Masters Degree in Music Education, she has used her singing talents to training professional children and adults for over 25 years, having done so in the community and on Broadway. In addition to her professional work, she is well known for her community service, both as a performer, producer and conductor, having performed all over the county in special events for Veterans, senior citizens, local fairs fundraising events and for local civic organizations. Carol has also produced shows at The Paramount Hudson Valley, Westchester Broadway Theatre and other local venues, serving also as Musical Director for fundraising events at The Peekskill Hudson Room, Westchester Broadway Theater. and in the cabaret room at The Cortlandt School of Performing Arts.