Andrew Amelinckx is the crime and courts reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. He grew up in Louisiana and moved to the East Coast in 2001. Andrew won a 2006-2007 distinguished investigative reporting award from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association.
Andrew has an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has shown his artwork in galleries and museums throughout the United States.
Andrew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @BE_TheAmelinckx.
Clarence Fanto is a Berkshire Eagle correspondent who covers several South County towns as well as general topics. A native of New York City, he worked at three TV news networks and two daily newspapers there before relocating to the Berkshires in 1987.
At The Eagle, Clarence has served as Sunday editor, news editor and managing editor. In 2005, he became vice president of news and cultural affairs at WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
He is married to choral conductor Andrea Goodman and has one son, Jacob, who attends elementary school in Lenox. Clarence's main interests are the performing arts -- especially music and theater -- as well as hiking and snowshoeing.
Clarence can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter at @BE_cfanto.
Derek Gentile has been reporting on local government, courts and sports at The Berkshire Eagle for more than 20 years. His weekly column runs every Friday on Page B1. He also is one of the newspaper's music critics, and he's won awards for sportswriting and newswriting.
Gentile, dubbed "the unofficial baseball historian of the Berkshires," is the author of 13 books, including "Chicago: Baseball in the City" with the late Studs Terkel. "Smooth Moves," his history of pro basketball, was named one of the top Books For Young People by the New York Public Library in 2003.
Gentile lives in Great Barrington. His hobbies include hiking, writing and collecting 1940s-era comic books and original comic art.
Derek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @DerekGentile.
Daniel Harris entered the newspaper industry in 2005 as night editor of The Gardner (Mass.) News. He has worked at The Berkshire Eagle since 2009, designing the front page and creating general digital designs and layouts, some of which have won New England Press Association awards.
Daniel is a traditional artist by trade, and in his spare time, he enjoys cartooning and drawing comics. Though he is a recent transplant to the Berkshires, he enjoys the nightlife of the city of Pittsfield.
Daniel can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter at @BE_DanHarris.
Howard Herman is a sports columnist and reporter at The Berkshire Eagle.
Howard joined the newspaper in 1988, when it went from publishing six days a week to seven. In his two-plus decades at The Eagle, Howard has covered events ranging from the World Series to the NCAA Final Four to numerous high school championship events to the Massachusetts Little League championships.
In addition to live coverage, Howard writes a Sunday sports column and other opinion pieces.
Before joining The Eagle, Howard spent nearly a decade as a broadcast journalist. He worked at radio stations in Kentucky, New Jersey and Pennsylvania before landing at WBRK in Pittsfield. While Howard was news and sports director there, the station won numerous Associated Press broadcasters awards for spot news and sports play-by-play, and was named the News Station of the Year in Massachusetts.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Howard is a graduate of Temple University and a long-suffering Pirates fan. His ever-patient wife, Amy, is a social worker, and they are the proud parents of a daughter (Alison) and a son (Michael).
Howard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @howardherman.
Christopher James is a Maine native who joined The Berkshire Eagle in 2010. He graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2008 before working as a sports reporter in Maryville, Tenn., for two years.
Christopher lives in Pittsfield and enjoys running, reading about history and taking road trips in his MINI Cooper.
He can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter at @BECJ2K.
David LeClair has worked in various capacities at The Berkshire Eagle since 1982. After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University, David began as a designer in The Eagle's display advertising department. He also has served as a staff artist and advertising production supervisor. David currently works in the newsroom as a paginator/copy editor.
Outside of The Eagle, David enjoys music, cooking and perennial gardening/landscape design.
David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @BEdleclair.
Dick Lindsay has covered news and sports in Berkshire County for more than 25 years -- first in local radio and then at The Eagle, starting 2007. He reports primarily on Pittsfield city government and his hometown of Lee.
Dick, his wife, their two college-age sons and two big dogs reside in his childhood home. Dick enjoys working around the house -- especially landscaping and lawn care -- and traveling.
Dick can be reached at email@example.com.
Richard Lord has worked at The Berkshire Eagle for more than two years. He works on the news copy desk and also covers golf. A native of Boston who grew up in South Florida, Richard also has worked at the Tampa Tribune, Boston Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Raleigh News & Observer, New Haven Register, Springfield Republican and Denver's Rocky Mountain News. He served as the executive sports editor in Tampa and as the sports editor in New Haven and Springfield.
Richard is single, and his main hobbies are playing golf and following sports, politics and world affairs.
Richard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannie Maschino has worked at The Berkshire Eagle in various capacities since 1982. She began as a front-desk salesperson in the display advertising department before moving into classified advertising a few years later. She joined the newsroom in 1989.
In addition to being the staff librarian, Jeannie is responsible for curating community news, which includes press releases for "In the Berkshires" and "Our Towns," births, campus notes, high school and college graduation announcements, honor rolls, church news, and the Senior Bulletin Board.
Jeannie can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter at @BE_Whatsdoing.
Adam Poulisse joined The Berkshire Eagle as a general assignment reporter in August 2012. Drawing inspiration from his two biggest role models, Roger Ebert and Howard Stern, Adam is always pursuing what he calls "Adam Poulisse-style journalism" the weirder the story, the better.
Growing up just south of Indianapolis, Adam began pursuing journalism in high school and followed through with it while at the University of Southern Indiana. After graduating in 2011, Adam held positions at The Onion and the Chattanooga Times Free Press before moving to the Berkshires.
A movie buff like no other, Adam enjoys watching, studying and writing about the film industry. Outside of film, Adam likes writing comedy, watching TV, jogging, bicycling, enjoying scenic car rides and being in good company.
Adam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @BE_Poulisse.
John Sakata joined The Berkshire Eagle in November 2012. He has previously worked as a general assignment reporter, covering the city of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County for the Lompoc Record in California. He received a 2011 NAM Education Beat Fellowship while freelancing for the Vietnamese-language newspaper, the Nguoi Viet in Orange County.
He's also a former board member for the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalist Association.
John can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter at @jsakata.
Francesca Shanks is a night editor/backup web editor at The Berkshire Eagle. She has always known she wanted to be a journalist. Once a reporter, she has covered the president, pet and interviewed various farm animals, blown the lid off secret meetings in Columbia County, N.Y., demonstrated how to use electronic voting machines and more.
She is a newlywed and a native of New York's Hudson Valley. She and her husband live in New Lebanon, N.Y., with their two cats and are building the most epic raised-bed-garden possible. She plays baritone ukulele in My Rifle, a lovely folk duo, with her best friend, Shannon.
Francesca can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @FrancescaBOlsen.
Jenn Smith has come a long way since joining The Berkshire Eagle in February 2005 as a news and obituaries clerk. In August of that year, she became a full-time reporter with the newspaper. Today, the former substitute teacher serves as The Eagle's education and youth news reporter, covering pre-kindergarten through higher education and other youth and family initiatives. She also covers breaking news and general assignments.
Jenn, who was born in India, raised in Berkshire County and graduated from Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, developed The Eagle's weekly Learning Page, which runs every Tuesday on the cover of Section D. She also manages "Making the Grade," The Eagle's annual education special section.
On Thursdays she regularly contributes features and a co-authors a column called "Berkshires After Dark" for The 413 section. You can hear Jenn talk about the section every Thursday at 8:20 a.m. on the "Good Morning, Pittsfield!" radio show, hosted by WTBR/89.7 FM. She also regularly contributes to The Eagle's Berkshires Week and Health Quarterly magazines.
A magazine journalism graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Jenn completed concentrations in Latin American studies and leadership communication. After graduation, she was a freelance contributor to the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Mass.
Dedicated to covering children, families and education, Jenn has received training to cover these areas from the Poynter Institute for journalism, the national Education Writers Association, and the Hechinger Institute of Teachers College at Columbia University.
She also hosts students for the annual Job Shadow Day program, conducts journalism workshops with local grade schools and colleges, and mentors students through the Monument Mountain Regional High School student journalism program.
Off the clock, she's out and about enjoying every second of life -- through Ultimate Frisbee playing, dancing, concerts, trivia games and travel -- in the Berkshires and beyond.
Jenn Smith can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @JennSmith_Ink.
Caroline Bonnivier Snyder was born and raised in the Berkshires and has been a photographer at The Eagle for eight years. Before coming to the newspaper, Caroline co-founded two Internet companies in New York City and later interned with National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry.
After burning out from the high pace of city life, Caroline returned to the Berkshires and found her first photography job with the North Adams Transcript in 2001. Her hobbies include traveling, training for her first half-marathon, working with animals and spending time with her family.
Caroline lives in North Adams with her husband (a teacher), her two children, one dog and two cats.
Caroline can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @BE_CarolineB.
Scott Stafford has been a reporter, photographer, page designer and editor for more than 20 years at a variety of publications, including the Dallas Morning News, The Metrocrest News in Dallas, the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and now at The Berkshire Eagle.
In his spare time, Scott pursues his hobbies of nature photography and trudging through the woods with his two dogs, Montana and Millie, and sometimes with his adult son, Dylan.
Scott, who lives in Williamstown, can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter at @BE_SStafford.
Stephanie Zollshan has been a photographer at The Berkshire Eagle since June 2011. Originally from Connecticut, she attended Boston University to study photojournalism, and after graduating, she worked as a freelance photographer for various publications and companies in Connecticut, New York City and Boston before settling in at The Eagle.
Aside from photography, Stephanie enjoys traveling, hiking, craft-making, music and drawing.
Stephanie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @szollshan.