GateHouse News Service and Niche team

Jean Hodges

National news editor
jhodges@gatehousemedia.com
Jean oversees operations for the news service and niche content, puts out a daily national budget and communicates with GateHouse editors to keep content coming in to the news service, and to get feedback from editors to make sure the news service is serving their needs. She also puts out a weekly Niche budget to keep ad departments apprised of Niche offerings.

Before joining GateHouse, Jean worked as an assistant managing editor for news and projects editor at the Daily Southtown in Chicago. She’s also worked at the Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald, the Ely (England) Standard, and the Clovis (N.M.) News Journal, where she got her start as a reporter. She has won several state and national awards as project editor for investigative projects, and for news reporting and page design.

Michael Toeset

Assistant editor
mtoeset@gatehousemedia.com
Michael posts content to the news service, creates several rails, such as the Biz Bits and Auto Bits, national or regional budgets as needed and is in charge of the Sudoku offerings and other special projects. Michael has been preparing the New England budget daily.

Before joining the GateHouse team, Toeset worked at the Daily Southtown in Chicago’s suburbs. As night copy desk chief, he led the daily production of the newspaper and was involved in page designing, editing, headline writing and more. Previously, Toeset worked in Midwest Suburban Publishing's Niche Publications department, where he served as editor of special sections and helped launch several monthly magazines, including the award-winning Elite magazine. He has won numerous awards for headlines and design.

Katie Anderson

Copy editor
kanderson@gatehousemedia.com
Katie is the copy editor for GateHouse News Service. Katie edits and post stories, cartoons and photos submitted to the news service. In addition to uploading content to www.gatehousenewsservice.com, she helps maintain consistency and organization across the site. She also prepares many of the weekly lifestyle rails.

After graduating from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Anderson worked as a copy editor and designer at The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y., and the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y. In addition to several headline and design awards, she has assisted in the creation of two books produced by Syracuse University's student-run newspaper.

Chris Biondi

Coordinator of Online Content for the News & Interactive Division / New England regional editor
cbiondi@gatehousemedia.com
(508) 626-4343
Chris is implementing GateHouse’s Web Cube program by training newspapers in GateHouse’s online strategy and ensuring that the strategy is carried out at GateHouse Web sites throughout the country. He also oversees the sharing of content for GateHouse New England newspapers.

Before being named New England regional editor, Christopher was managing editor of the MetroWest Daily News in the Boston suburbs. He has been in the news business for 20 years, beginning at his hometown (Kennett Square, Pa.) weekly. At the MetroWest Daily News, he managed a central copy desk that produces seven editions of four daily papers. Most recently he helped lead the transition bringing Web operations into the newsroom, posting more breaking news and multimedia, including video.

Chris Biondi

Coordinator of Online Content for the News & Interactive Division / New England regional editor
cbiondi@gatehousemedia.com
(508) 626-4343
Chris is implementing GateHouse’s Web Cube program by training newspapers in GateHouse’s online strategy and ensuring that the strategy is carried out at GateHouse Web sites throughout the country. He also oversees the sharing of content for GateHouse New England newspapers.

Before being named New England regional editor, Christopher was managing editor of the MetroWest Daily News in the Boston suburbs. He has been in the news business for 20 years, beginning at his hometown (Kennett Square, Pa.) weekly. At the MetroWest Daily News, he managed a central copy desk that produces seven editions of four daily papers. Most recently he helped lead the transition bringing Web operations into the newsroom, posting more breaking news and multimedia, including video.

Casey Laughman

Illinois regional editor
claughman@gatehousemedia.com
Casey oversees news service regional content in Illinois, sharing and planning for GateHouse Illinois newspapers. He is also coordinating Web Cube training in Illinois, focusing on strategies to improve Web site traffic and the use of alternative story formats in print.

Before joining GateHouse, Casey spent nine years at The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio, where he reported and edited on a wide range of stories, from federal trials to LeBron James' last high school basketball game. In addition to writing and editing, he wrote broadcast copy, designed Web sites and worked on multimedia projects, including podcasts and slideshows. He also contributed regularly to asap, a pilot project for the AP that focused on creative storytelling in new media formats.

Danielle Torricelli

Page designer
dtorricelli@gatehousemedia.com
Danielle designs GateHouse Niche magazines (Family, Boomers, Healthy Living, etc.), as well as some of the weekly news service pages, and works on newspaper redesigns.

She came to GateHouse after working as a designer at a community newspaper company in Chicago’s south suburbs.

Jason Dobbins

Page designer
jdobbins@gatehousemedia.com
Jason designs feature pages and some magazines (Outdoor Living and Auto Preview, among others) for GateHouse’s Niche division.

He joined GateHouse from the Tennessean in Nashville, where he was the lead designer for the Marketing Department's Custom Publications team. His role involved designing promotional print materials for the paper's many clients in various formats such as tabloids, magazines, digests and broadsheets. He also was a graphic/page designer at the Post-Tribune in Merrillville, Ind., and at The Tribune in Seymour, Ind. -- winning design awards at both.

Tom Sudore

Coordinator/Multimedia Development
tsudore@gatehousemedia.com
Tom oversees multimedia and video training and development for GateHouse newsrooms, in addition to working with field producers and editors to coordinate and oversee special projects and video reports for the GateHouse News Service video network. He also works on newspaper training programs, such as Web Cube and Zope training.

He was managing editor at a newspaper group in Upstate New York before joining GateHouse. In that role, the newspaper group won several prestigious state and national awards for general excellence in print and online.

News & Interactive Support Staff

Brad Dennison

Vice president for the News & Interactive Division
bdennison@gatehousemedia.com
Brad joined GateHouse in October 2006. Prior to that, he served as vice president of news for Birmingham, Ala.-based Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., owner of more than 90 daily newspapers. He previously held various editing positions at the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Southtown on Chicago’s South Side, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, and earlier in his career served as a reporter, city editor and editor for various community newspapers in the Midwest and Southeast. He has won numerous professional awards, including two national honors; he is a regular speaker at industry events; and he is a member of the Associated Press Managing Editors board of directors. Dennison also oversees GateHouse Media’s national sports media brand, Pro Football Weekly.

David Arkin

Executive director of the News & Interactive Division
darkin@gatehousemedia.com
David runs the company's newsroom incubator (redesigns) and training programs and all existing and new development projects for GateHouse newsrooms, in addition to operating GHNewsroom.com and handling special projects. He serves frequently on industry panels and is involved with various newspaper associations.

Arkin has served as the top editor of four daily newspapers, leading them all to general excellence awards. He's won a handful of state and regional awards for writing and design and community service awards for leading projects that improved the communities he’s lived in.