Sunday, January 15, 2023

Reporters and Photographers in the Field Hunting and Gathering for Readers of #TheWinstedCitizen at This Time


Jennifer Almquist, Arts Editor

Matt Caputo, Sports Writer

Douglas P. Clement, Contributing Editor

Rand Richards Cooper

Jack Coraggio

Reynaldo Cruz Diaz

Liz Dupont-Diehl

Nancy Gottfried

Susan Granger

Susan Hansen

Michelle Manafy

Kathy Megan

Erik Ofgang

Serena Piervincenzi

Sam Scott

Andy Thibault, Editor & Publisher

Bob Thiesfield, Photographer

James Valentino, Art Director

Ralph Nader, Founder

Jennifer Almquist, arts editor, studied photography at NYU and filmmaking at the Sundance Film Institute. She is former owner of the Almquist Gallery in New Preston and an independent writer and photographer. Reach her at:

Matt Caputo, sports writer: My journalism career began in 2003 and since then my byline has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Men’s Journal, Connecticut Magazine, The Hockey News, Bleacher Report, and Maxim. I’m a former editor for SLAM magazine and The Rockaway Wave, a 130-year-old newspaper in Rockaway Beach, New York.

Contributing Editor Douglas P. Clement is the principal of Boardwalk Media + Communications, a digital content, marketing, and branding venture in Connecticut. Previously Senior Editor and Digital Editor of Connecticut Magazine, and Executive Editor of The Litchfield County Times publishing group, he was named national Editor of the Year for North America by a leading journalism industry group in 2005, won the nation’s top award for lifestyle journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism seven times, and has covered arts, culture, design and theater regionally for The New York Times. Reach him at:

Rand Richards Cooper has published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, Esquire, The Atlantic, and in Best American Food Writing. A longtime contributor to Bon App├ętit and a former restaurant critic for the New York Times, Rand lives in Hartford with his family. He is the restaurant critic for the Hartford Courant and is a critic and essayist for Commonweal Magazine.

Reporter Jack Coraggio is a freelance writer, reporter, critic and quizmaster. It even says so on his business card. He also was a reporter for the Litchfield County Times back in the day. Reach him at:

Reynaldo Cruz Diaz aka Rey is a reporter, photographer and baseball historian. Foreign Languages graduate from Cuba seeking asylum in the U.S. Reach him at:

Reporter Liz Dupont-Diehl has worked throughout Connecticut for nonprofits focusing on workforce development, homelessness, and human services, with a focus on positive systems change. She has also worked as a reporter and opinion writer for the Journal Inquirer, CT News Junkie and other outlets including The Regional Standard of Colchester. She is the Associate Director of the CT Citizen Action Group. Reach her at:

Reporter Nancy Gottfried is a former editorial producer and writer at Good Morning America, Today Show, MSNBC, Fox TV, and executive producer at the ABC Radio Networks. She has written extensively for print, most recently the Hartford Courant and Hartford Magazine. Reach her at:

Susan Granger, movie reviewer, is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O’Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic, syndicating her reviews/articles around the world. She has appeared on American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies. In 2017, her book 150 TIMELESS MOVIES was published by Hannacroix Creek Books. She is now the resident movie ‘guru’ at Sacred Heart University’s Community Theater in Fairfield, hosting new THE CENTURY OF CINEMA series. Her website is and she’s on Twitter @susangranger.

Susan Hansen is a freelance writer and editor specializing in law and business stories and a new resident of Winsted. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines, including Bloomberg Business Week, American Lawyer, the New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and Inc.

Michelle Manafy is the editorial director of the not-for-profit Digital Content Next, a membership organization comprised of more than 60 media companies. She has three decades of publishing experience, more than half of which has been focused on the media business. She has written for Inc., Business Insider, MediaPost, and Harvard’s NiemanLab, as well as alt weeklies The SF Weekly and The Village Voice, and is co-author of the Book Standout Virtual Events. Michelle has edited books on a wide range of topics and is a frequent speaker on media business and technology. She holds a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University. Reach her on Twitter at: @michellemanafy

Kathy Megan, a former reporter for Hartford Courant and CT Mirror, was an associate producer with Connecticut Public on a documentary on the Sheff school desegregation case in Hartford. She is freelancing now and also taught journalism. Reach her at:

Erik Ofgang is the co-author of “The Good Vices: From Beer to Sex, The Surprising Truth About What’s Actually Good For You," the author of "Buzzed: Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England" and "Gillette Castle: A History." The former senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Atlantic, Thrillist, and Associated Press. He also teaches in WCSU’s MFA in Creative and Professional Writing Program. Reach him at:

Serena Piervincenzi is a senior at The University of New Haven. She is graduating in May with a B.A. in Communications, concentration in Journalism and a minor in Visual Art. She has been a contributing writer for The University of New Haven’s Charger bulletin. She has also been the department head of Media Arts, at Appel Farm Arts camp, teaching youngsters about media. Reach her at:
Sam Scott, a sophomore Criminal Justice major at the University of New Haven and an offensive tackle for Charger football, is taking a year off from sports to focus on his studies and career goal of becoming a FBI agent. He also runs a business reselling brand clothing and sneakers. Scott has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the USJ Criminal Justice Club, the University of New Haven Honors College and Alpha Lambda Delta, a certified national honor society that recognizes academic excellence in the first year at a college or university. He also tells bad jokes, a skill diminished by taking the required communication class at UNH. Reach him at:

Andy Thibault, editor and publisher, teaches Basic News Reporting / Writing, Investigative Reporting and Communication at the University of New Haven. He covered the Boston Marathon bombing trial gavel to gavel for the NBC News Investigative Unit, was a research consultant for the HBO series “Allen v Farrow” and was credited with helping to free a woman unjustly imprisoned for first-degree murder in 2013. The Connecticut Council for Freedom of Information cited Thibault in 2014 with the Stephen A. Collins Memorial Freedom of Information Award for “his many contributions to the cause of open and accountable government and a free and vigorous press in Connecticut.” He is the author of two collections of newspaper columns and a history of the Connecticut State Police as well as co-author of a memoir by the master counterfeiter Louis the Coin Colavecchio. Thibault also served as a member of the Litchfield Board of Education and chair of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, a non-profit which awarded $215,000 in cash to teenage poets and writers over 17 years, sending state champions and parents to the Dublin Writers Festival.

Bob Thiesfield. Born in Queens, NY, Bob spent his early years in Haiti until his family was forced to flee from the regime of Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier. He served in Vietnam and attended the Germain School of Photography in Manhattan on his return. After more than 25 years as a freelance photographer, Thiesfield’s work is represented in corporate and private collections. His company is H. Robert Thiesfield, Photographer, in Rocky Hill. Reach him at:

Art Director James Valentino is the owner of James Roberts Creative, Newington, for 14 years. UConn graphic design grad. Former Art Director, CT Law Tribune. To see how my solutions get results, visit and subscribe to my e-Newsletter.


Ralph Nader, founder. first made headlines as a young lawyer in 1965 with his book “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and the passage of a series of life-saving automobile safety laws in 1966. In his career as consumer advocate, he founded many organizations in diverse areas, including the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted – the first law museum in America. In 2006 he was cited by The Atlantic as one of the one hundred most influential figures in American history.

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