“Tall oaks from little acorns grow,” was the motto of The Ridgefield Press when D. Crosby Baxter founded the newspaper in 1875. From four tiny sheets of local gossip and aphorisms to a weekly newspaper sometimes carrying more than 60 broadsheet pages, The Press has grown — and expanded to include the World Wide Web. In the 1990s, it was one of the first newspapers in Connecticut to embrace the Internet, and has maintained a strong Web following to this day. The Press and its staff have won many journalism and public service awards over the years and continue to focus exclusively on the news and the people of Ridgefield.
The Press is part of Hersam Acorn Newspapers, a traditional and new media firm, which includes printing facilities and local papers, specialty publications and websites in more than 20 communities in southwestern Connecticut, Lewisboro, N.Y., and Vermont. This gives our readers easy access to regional news and events as well as exposure to advertisers from across the region.
The Ridgefield Press newsroom is located at 16 Bailey Ave, Ridgefield, CT 06877. It can be reached at 203-438-6544.
Jake Kara, Managing Editor
Jake Kara is Managing Editor of The Ridgefield Press and has been working for Hersam Acorn Newspapers since 2010. He worked as a reporter for the Darien Times and The Ridgefield Press before becoming editor of The Monroe Courier before coming back to The Press in 2014.
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Mack Reid, Editor
Macklin Reid is a longtime news writer and editor for The Ridgefield Press. He grew up in Ridgefield and when to school there, back when every high school dance had a great local band playing live. He graduated from Boston University in 1973 with a degree in English literature.
He joined The Ridgefield Press as a reporter in 1976, and in the four decades since has sought to write well about Ridgefield, its politics, business, history and, most of all, its people. Use the form below to contact Mack.
Tim Murphy, Sports Editor
Tim Murphy is the sports editor for The Ridgefield Press and The Wilton Bulletin. He has won multiple awards from the New England Press Association. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University.
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Tony Spinelli, Reporter
Tony Spinelli is a reporter for The Ridgefield Press. Before working for The Press, Tony was a regular correspondent for the Hersam Acorn newspapers including The Press.
He is a former staff writer of the Bridgeport Post-Telegram newspapers, Connecticut Post and the Valley Independent Sentinel, and also was a regular correspondent for AOL/Patch in Fairfield County. He has won many Society of Professional Journalists awards for his writing and reporting.
A native of Bridgeport, he attended local colleges the University of Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University, from 1978 to 1982, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is also a graduate of the former Interarts academy, majoring in music.
His hobbies include writing and producing contemporary music for self-publication and he holds a Third Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.
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