Marblehead News Group, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news source staffed by veteran journalists with deep experience covering the town.

Our mission: Provide Marblehead with objective, fair and free local news, online and in print, through a sustainable, locally-controlled nonprofit that values public service over profit.

We’re committed to the idea that it’s critically important for Marblehead residents to know what’s happening in town — at Abbot Hall, in classrooms, on playing fields, and among our many active community groups.

We know the damaging impact on communities that lose local news coverage — participation in town politics drops, corruption increases, and people feel less connected to their neighbors.

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence and fact-based journalism adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News and the Society of Professional Journalists.

We also want you to help shape what we become. You can also offer us suggestions (or help!) by sending an email to info@marbleheadnews.org. To make a donation, please visit our “how to donate” page.


Will Dowd | wdowd@marbleheadnews.org

Our managing editor, Will Dowd, began his journalism career at the Marblehead Reporter in 2012. Over the past decade, his full-time beats have included Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott and, most recently, Cambridge. A Salem resident, he is the devoted buddy to and dogfather of Clovis, a scrappy Yorkshire terrier and his ever-present shadow.

Kris Olson | kolson@marbleheadnews.org

Our consulting editor, Kris Olson, has been a professional journalist for 24 years, 14 of which were spent serving as editor of the Marblehead Reporter from 2000 – 2015. He is a staff writer for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Leigh Blander | lblander@marbleheadnews.org

Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for the Marblehead Reporter. When not covering Marblehead, she works as a public relations specialist.

Joe McConnell | jmcconnell@marbleheadnews.org

Joe McConnell is a 25-year award-winning veteran sports editor, who has covered the Marblehead sports community since 2008. Joe has reported on major sports events including the Little League World Series for the Boston Herald. His specialty is to feature the individual athlete beyond the box score, and what makes them who they are in games.

David Deutsch | ddeutsch@marbleheadnews.org

Our creative director, David Deutsch, brings a background in advertising, design and technology to the Marblehead News. David built websites for the Jewish Journal and Warwick Place and was one of the creative spirts that built Somerville’s famed newspaper, Editorial Humor. A Rotarian to the bone, David’s co-chaired Marblehead’s Got Talent for the last nine years, supporting Marblehead High School’s performing arts.


Gene Arnould

Gene Arnould is the owner of the Arnould Gallery and Framery. He founded and produced the Marblehead Summer Jazz from 1985 to 2014. He was named Marblehead Rotarian (Paul Harris Fellow) in 1995 and the Chamber Frank Regan Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2014.

Jessica Barnett

Jessica Barnett, member of the faculty at Salem State University where she teaches in the College of Communications. President of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor.

Ed Bell

Ed Bell retired as Boston Chief of Bureau from the Associated Press after a 50-year career in print and broadcasting. He is a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor and host of Up for Discussion on MHTV.

James Bryant

James Bryant -Founder and CEO of several digital publishing companies including ProCD Inc, Information Please LLC, and Trajectory, Inc. Currently CEO of Marblehead and Beijing based Jiang Boyan LLC.

Virginia Buckingham

Virginia Buckingham is formerly the chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority, chief of staff to two Massachusetts governors, deputy editorial page editor for the Boston Herald and author of “On My Watch A Memoir.”

David Moran

David Morn, a corporate tax attorney, has lived in Marblehead for 45 years and served on various town boards over that time. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Cornell Law School.