About The Mount Vernon Daily Voice

The Mount Vernon 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, Daily Voice's managing editor and director of media initiatives, has spent his professional career as a newsroom manager, writer and editor who has worked at major websites, television networks, newspapers, magazines and radio stations and as a book author.

The New York City native and Irvington High School graduate has been actively involved in web publishing for more than 15 years. In addition, he also has expertise in marketing, public relations and social media.

Lombardi rejoined Daily Voice in September, 2013 after serving as sports editorial consultant here from August 2011 through January 2012.

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.  Alesha worked 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. 

Jeanne Muchnick

Jeanne Muchnick, Daily Voice Features Editor, has covered everything from baby advice for Parents Magazine to travel finds for The Rough Guides to human interest features for The New York Times to lifestyle insights for prevention.com. She has been a Senior Editor at top national women’s magazines including Woman’s World and Woman’s Day and was instrumental in the launch of Gannett's InTown, Rockland and Putnam magazines. She is also the author of Dinner for Busy Moms. Among her favorite things to write about: Her neighbors and surrounding communities. So email her and fill her in on what's happening near you.

Community Advisor

Jim Killoran

Jim Killoran has been with Habitat for Humanity for more than 25 years, serving on Boards of Directors in various organizations in the tri-state area. He is a member of the Yonkers Charter School of Excellence and treasurer of the board. He is also a member of the Mount Vernon Amani Charter School Board. He became Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester in 2000. He has worked extensively with the homeless and with issues of low-income housing, and strongly believes that Habitat for Humanity is a real and viable solution for ending poverty, especially during this time in history. Jim ahs worked to involve faith communities, municipalities, schools, universities, businesses and individuals in the struggle for decent housing. Prior to Habitat, Jim worked at start up five mental health programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In addition to the 50 homes completed and 130 flood rehabs completed during the floods of 2007, Jim has brought Habitat groups to northern Ireland, Mexico, El Salvador, New Orleans and California to build. Habitat now has more than 10,000 volunteers a year on its sites in Westchester alone and internationally is in the top 14 homebuilders in the world today. He has been the recipient of several awards for his work.

Derickson Lawrence

Mount Vernon resident Derickson Lawrence has become a prominent figure in Westchester County. As the chairman of the Westchester County Homeowners’ Coalition and Westchester County Crime Stoppers, Derickson can be found rallying support for causes that have yielded tangible results: ranging from crime mitigation, local education, tax cap symposiums, regional economic revitalization efforts, and basic quality of life issues. He is the founder and CEO of MarketView Resources, whose customers are in Mount Vernon and throughout eight states including Alaska. He served as the chairman of the Mount Vernon Housing Authority and as a trustee of the YWCA of Yonkers. Recently (2011-2013), he was the vice co-chair of the Westchester County Charter Revision Commission. His opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times, Westchester Business Journal, The Journal News, Westchester Tribune and Westchester Guardian. He has two grown daughters and a five-year old son.

Lisa Hofflich

Lisa Hofflich is a community advisor for Daily Voice. A journalism graduate of New York University, Hofflich is a former investigative television news producer for CNBC, WNBC, and Consumer Reports, as well as Assignment Editor for EXTRA. A longtime resident of Westchester County, Hofflich reactivated the Westchester Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and serves as its current president. She is also a board member of the New York City chapter while serving on the statewide NOW council, and chairing the NOW New York State LGBT Task Force. For the past decade, Hofflich has been been immersed in nonprofit lobbying and advocacy, devising, spearheading, and leading statewide policy action campaigns in women's and children's issues, centering mainly around combating human trafficking, domestic violence, gender equity, and transgender rights., to name a few. Since 2007, Hofflich has advocated as part of a coalition of women’s prison and domestic violence groups to pass laws that would ameliorate sentences for incarcerated survivors. She also enterprised a social media and photo campaign targeted at raising awareness of human trafficking and was part of the team to help pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act in the New York State Legislature. She has testified in front of the New York State Senate participated in New York State Assembly roundtable discussions on policy issues. Hofflich is also currently a board member of Bartow-Pell Conservancy in the Bronx, the Pelham Art Center, and a former chair of the New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior League and past president of the Junior League of Bronxville