Editorial Staff

Christian Falcone | Editor-in-Chief

Christian Falcone is the editor-in-chief of the Review chain of weekly newspapers covering cities, towns and villages throughout Westchester County. He took over the role in April 2013.
Prior to that he spent more than six years as an associate editor of The Rye City Review.

Known for his investigative brand of journalism, Falcone has collected numerous awards for his reporting. Most notably, he took home honors for his coverage of the 2007 floods as well as Tropical Storm Irene. In 2012, he uncovered the alleged corruption at Rye Golf Club that led to the prosecution, conviction and sentencing, of more than a year in state prison, of the club manager.

Prior to joining the Review in February 2007, Falcone reported for the Long Island Press and Queens Courier. He is a graduate of Hofstra University.

Falcone can be reached at 914-653-1000 x19 or at chris@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @chris_review.

Mike Smith | Sports Editor

Mike Smith has been with the Review since 2007, serving as the newspaper chain’s sports editor. Smith has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye high school football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world.

He resides in Eastchester, New York, and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. You can reach Smith at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Sibylla Chipaziwa | Editorial Assistant

Sibylla Chipaziwa joined the Review in June 2015. Prior to her hiring, she was the municipal meeting producer for LMCTV’s news show “The Local Live” based in Mamaroneck, New York. The United States is the fifth country Chipaziwa has lived in. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.A. in Journalism, while minoring in Political Science. Local politics is where she plans to establish herself as a multimedia reporter before moving on to cover global affairs. You can reach Chipaziwa at 914-653-1000 ext. 25 or sibylla@hometwn.com.

Suzy Berkowitz | Editorial Assistant

Suzy Berkowitz joined the Review in June 2015. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2014 with a B.A. in Journalism. While at New Paltz, Berkowitz was the arts and entertainment editor and social media chief of the school’s weekly newspaper,
The New Paltz Oracle. She also spent her last semester of college as an intern reporter for The

Poughkeepsie Journal. Berkowitz is from Brooklyn, currently lives in White Plains, New York, and spends her free time teaching karate and self-defense to young girls. You can reach Berkowitz at 914-653-1000 ext. 30 or suzy@hometwn.com.

James Pero | Staff Writer

James Pero joined the Review in June 2015. Pero is a graduate of SUNY Purchase, where he studied journalism, cutting his teeth as a managing editor of the school’s arts magazine, The Purchase Beat. After graduating, Pero moved on to become a staff writer for news media startup Curiousmatic where he wrote about global finance and world conflicts. Pero is a resident of Mount Vernon, New York and originally hails from Buffalo, New York. You can reach him at 914-653-1000 ext. 20 or james@hometwn.com.

Angela Jordan | Staff Writer

Angela Jordan became joined the Review in December 2015. She graduated from Purchase College in May 2015 with a dual B.A. in journalism and economics, where she wrote an in-depth report on the controversial development of Columbia University’s new satellite campus in West Harlem. She served as the managing editor of the college’s student news publication, The Purchase Phoenix, and as a columnist for the school’s arts magazine, The Purchase Beat. She also spent several months in 2014 working as an intern in public relations and social media marketing in Dublin, Ireland. Angela currently resides in Orange County, New York. Reach Jordan at 914-653-100 ext. 18 or angela@hometwn.com

Kiley Stevens | Staff Writer

Kiley Stevens joined the Review in late November 2015. Stevens graduated in December 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from SUNY Purchase College. Before college, she was a freelance photographer for both The Times Union in Albany and a one-time photographer for the Associated Press. One of her photos won an APTOPIX award in 2010. During her time at Purchase, Stevens interned at The Daily Voice in Armonk, and a small underground music magazine. After graduation, she spent three months in Costa Rica teaching English, and then spent the summer of 2015 interning at Relix Magazine in New York City. Stevens currently resides in Port Chester, New York. You can reach Stevens at 914-653-1000 ext. 23 or kiley@hometwn.com.

Sarah Varney | Education Reporter

Sarah Varney is the Review’s education reporter, joining the company in August 2015. Prior to that, Varney covered the Rye City School District for four years as a reporter for The Rye Record newspaper. Previously, she was also an editor and reporter for publishing companies IDG, Miller-Freeman, Reed-Elsevier and tech product review giant CNET. Varney has a B.J. in journalism from the University of Missouri and lives in Rye, New York. You can contact her at 914-653-1000 ext. 17 or sarah@hometwn.com.

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