KEY TIMES LEADER PHONE NUMBERS
T-L general: 570-829-7100
Missed paper: 570-829-5000
Subscriber services: 570-829-5000
Classified advertising: 570-829-7130
TIMES LEADER MEDIA GROUP EXECUTIVES
Mike Murray - Publisher
Mike Murray is a senior executive who has over 45 years’ experience, with a diverse sales and marketing background in print and digital media, including newspapers and magazines. In addition to his publishing roles, Murray has served as President of a full-service advertising agency specializing in the financial field, Senior Vice President for a major publicly traded media concern, Vice President for a private media company, and Managing Partner for a private consulting firm, with an emphasis on management restructuring and cost containment. Murray also has served as a partner in a small media group.
He has been instrumental in developing and leading consumer-related services and has been nationally recognized for his work in the media industry. Murray also has been a member of both industry and non-industry-related boards and has been a featured speaker on newspaper development.
Kerry Miscavage - Advertising Director
Kerry Miscavage is the Advertising Director of the Times Leader Media Group. She joined the Times Leader 21 years ago. The Wilkes University graduate lives with her husband, Michael, and their two dogs, Stella and Arya.
Tim Farkas - Executive Editor
In Wilkes-Barre, Tim is leading his third newsroom. He previously served a nine-year stint as executive editor of The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts, and most recently was editor of the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times, where he also served in a corporate capacity as vice president of news operations for Northern New York Newspapers. Other media outlets Tim has worked at include The Orange County Register and San Jose Mercury News in California, The Seattle Times, and the Times Union in Albany, N.Y. Outside of work, Tim enjoys tennis, skiing, and playing his Taylor acoustic guitar. He also golfs, but don't ask him his handicap.
Jeff Tinner - Production Director
Jeff Tinner is production director at The Times Leader Media Group in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. After spending 13 years in the food industry, Tinner decided it was time for a change. In 2003, he was hired by The Times Leader and began working in the Transportation Department. He was subsequently promoted to transportation supervisor, shift supervisor and packaging manager, before being named production director. An enthusiastic Miami Dolphins fan, he resides in Dallas, Pa., with his wife, Jennifer.
Michael Barnum - Circulation Director
A newspaper executive with three decades of experience, Michael leads the Times Leader Media Group’s Circulation Department.
Renee Sager - Director of Marketing & Administration
Renee Sager is the Times Leader Media Group's Director of Marketing & Administration. Renee oversees key aspects of the group's finance and human resources operations. She has worked in many capacities at the newspaper over the past 13 years, including advertising, circulation and production. She is a native of Newport Township.
Joe Soprano - News Editor
Sarah Haase - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Alicia Johnson - Sports Editor
Sarah Hando - Business Editor
Sarah Hando is the Times Leader Media Group's business editor, where she reports on a wide range of issues affecting the Wyoming Valley business scene. She previously was suburban editor of the Abington Journal, Dallas Post and Sunday Dispatch. Her byline has graced our pages as both a former reporter and as a correspondent.
Carol Swan - Community Editor
Carol Swan is the Times Leader Media Group's community editor. Carol is responsible for a team of coordinators that get community based news into the Times Leader, Abington Journal, Dallas Post, Sunday Dispatch and Weekender.
She has worked at the Times Leader for over 15 years. She is a Wilkes-Barre native who loves photography and earned her degree from LCCC at the age of 41. While juggling her studies she worked full time and took care of two young sons, who are now in college.
She is very conscientious and diligent with anything she does. Whether it be her work at the Times Leader, raising her sons, or capturing those special moments in peoples lives with her photography, heart goes into all of it and her mission is to do her jobs, and do them well!
Dotty Martin - Suburban Editor
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.
Linda Byrnes - Classified Manager
Linda Byrnes is a Media Sales Manager. She joined The Times Leader 23 years ago having worked for 10 years at Matzner Publications in Wayne, New Jersey. She lives in Mountain Top, has two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren. She loves beaches, lighthouses, cooking, baking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Steve Mocarsky - Night Copy Editor
Steve Mocarsky is the Times Leader Media Group's night copy editor. Steve started with the Times Leader in 1997 as a correspondent, but his versatility made him a great fit for the copy desk where he assists with story and print production. As a reporter, Steve covered Hazleton area news and politics, Marcellus Shale exploration in Luzerne County, as well as county boards, authorities and commissions before taking on the night reporter, and copy editor positions. A West Hazleton native with a degree in music education, Steve is a member of the Bramz String Ensemble. He enjoys animals, hiking, canoeing and playing guitar, violin and viola.
Bill O’Boyle - Columnist
Bill O'Boyle is the Times Leader Media Group's news columnist. His popular "In Focus" commentary is a regular fixture on our front page. Bill has written for the Times Leader since April 2007. He has covered everything from Wilkes-Barre City Hall to presidential races to the repair of the Wyoming Monument. A native of Plymouth now residing in Plains Township with his cat, Lily, O'Boyle volunteers with Victory Sports for adults with mental and physical challenges, 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.
Matt Mattei - Reporter
Matt Mattei 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.
Jennifer Learn-Andes - Reporter
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.
Travis Kellar - Reporter
Travis Kellar is the Times Leader Media Group's reporter covering crime. He started working at the Times Leader in 2013. In addition to news writing, Travis maintains a video game blog, “High Score Gaming.” His blog was featured on “The Willis Report” on Fox News in January 2013. He was invited on the show after writing a blog after the Sandy Hook incident arguing that video game violence is not the culprit in violent acts. Travis debated the topic with media psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman, who called for the eradication of violent video games. Travis enjoys playing video games, blogging, hiking and listening to his favorite band, Metallica.
Jerry Lynott - Reporter
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 - Reporter
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.
Joe Dolinsky - Reporter
Joe Dolinsky is the Times Leader Media Group's investigative reporter. A one-time intern, obit clerk and correspondent, Joe returned to the newsroom full-time in 2015 after graduating from Temple University with a gritty 3.4 GPA. A Pittston native, some of his oldest memories are dropping fly balls in the outfield at Sullivan Park and buying freeze pops at Alaimo's. Today, Joe enjoys hiking, working out, providing prompt budget lines and pickup basketball, where he once almost made it in the net four times.
John Erzar - Reporter
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 - Reporter
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. A lifelong Pittsburgh Penguins fan, he believes there is no name in sports history greater than Zarley Zalapski.
Paul Sokoloski - Reporter
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 working at 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 in Wilkes-Barre.
Tom Venesky - Reporter
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.
Eileen Godin - Reporter
Eileen Godin is the Times Leader Media Group's reporter covering the Back Mountain. Eileen’s a Wyoming Valley native who has worked for the Times Leader as a correspondent for many years. Eileen’s strength is her versatility: She has written for our news, features and business sections.
Mary Therese Biebel - Reporter
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.
Aimee Dilger - Photographer/Videographer
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.
Sean McKeag - Photographer/Videographer
Dennis Raymo - Digital Editor
Brigid Edmunds - Digital Coordinator - Nights/Weekends
Brigid Edmunds is a Times Leader Media Group's digital coordinator. Brigid realized she loved journalism after taking a class in high school. Brigid graduated from Marywood in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Broadcast Production. When she's not handling digital duties and reporting, Brigid is either practicing yoga, eating avocados and wishing she could be traveling to her favorite country, Guatemala.
Patrick Kernan - Obituary Clerk
Patrick Kernan is a Times Leader Media Group obituary clerk. An almost-English teacher, Patrick realized his passion for reporting during his undergraduate education at Marywood University. Patrick graduated in 2016 with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and English. When not at the Times Leader, you can find Patrick listening to hip-hop and performing with an improv comedy group.
Kaitlin Korgeski - Obituary Clerk
Kaitlin Korgeski is a Times Leader Media Group obituary clerk. She currently attends Marywood University, where she majors in broadcast journalism. Kaitlin writes for the school's newspaper -- The Wood Word -- and is a news anchor for the university's TV station, TVM News. She also is a member of the Society of Collegiate Journalists. When she's not busy with school work or her job at the Times Leader, she spends time with the love of her life, her pet German shepherd. Kaitlin's dream is to move to New York City to be a news anchor and to meet ABC News anchor David Muir.
Jimmy Fisher - Reporter
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.
Gene Axton - Reporter
Gene Axton is a reporter for the Pittston Sunday Dispatch. He fell in love with journalism after taking it up as a hobby during his undergraduate career at California University of Pennsylvania. He returned to Cal U to obtain a graduate degree in education, but he decided to pursue a career in journalism after finding out that he enjoys spending time in the newsroom more than the classroom. Gene came to the Times Leader Media Group after various freelance work for newspapers and magazines around the Pittsburgh area. When he isn't writing, he's making his way through his bookshelf of things written by others or digging through the dollar bin at a record store not unlike the one you should be at right now. Why aren't you at the record store? It's great there.
Elizabeth Baumeister - Reporter
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 - Reporter
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.
Melanie Mizenko - Reporter
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.
Judith Minsavage - Receptionist
Judy Minsavage is the Times Leader Media Group's receptionist. She began working at the Times Leader in 2003 in customer service and marketing and a year later moved to an ad associate position. In 2006, Judy transferred to Sunday Dispatch as office manager.