Baristanet was born in May 2004 and soon after emerged as a leader in hyperlocal news. Baristanet receives more than 9,000 visits a day and covers Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield as well as bringing readers news and happenings in and around Essex County.
Baristanet has inspired local news sites in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, New Haven, Watertown, MA and Red Bank, NJ. Visit Barista Kids, an indispensable guide for local parents.
The biggest contributors to the site are our readers — their active participation has turned Baristanet into a true online community.
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Former New York Daily News special sections editor and women’s magazine contributor, Liz George
is editor and co-owner of Baristanet. email@example.com
World traveler, urban explorer, gourmand, and venture humanist, Annette Batson
has been photographing and covering local news, entertainment, and food for Baristanet since 2005. firstname.lastname@example.org
moved to Montclair 12 years ago with her husband and they had two very adorable daughters – The Gilmore Girls. She is co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Barista Kids, our parenting site. She can also be found here on Baristanet writing about “grown-up” news. email@example.com
Kuae Kelch Mattox
is National President of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit org. with 100 chapters in 29 states dedicated to supporting stay at home moms of color. She’s an Emmy-nominated journalist with over 20 years experience in the print, broadcast and online media, and a former TV producer.
, a former editor at Newsweek, is a writer, editor and mom of two.
is a freelance writer, manuscript editor and writing coach. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers and online, and lives in Cedar Grove with her husband and two sons.
is a versatile investigative journalist who won numerous national awards while at U.S. News & World Report, where she wrote for 13 years. She’s also a singer, teacher, world traveler, language lover, wife and mom.
is an illustrator, muralist, gardener, baker and mother as well as graduate from Pratt Institute. She can be seen poking her head around Baristatville shops, restaurants, garbage bins or anyplace that sparks her creativity.
is a relatively recent transplant to Montclair who still can’t get used to being in the car. She writes about the local area to learn about her new environment.
Kevin Riedy, Spot On! Creative Group
co-partner, is Baristanet’s resident ad designer. Married daddy to a 4 & 2 year old, 100+ -year-old home restorer, has more cocktail albums than you – hopes to one day display his ephemera in a tolerable manner. firstname.lastname@example.org
loves meeting people and sharing their stories. Passion and curiosity are qualities she shares as a writer and public relations professional and as a mother and wife.
Martta Rose Kelly
, now in charge of pets coverage, lives in West Orange with her husband and chocolate Lab, Kelly, a stray who she adopted last year through the help of Baristanet. During the day, she works in health care public relations. email@example.com
is a writer, editor, husband, dad, Maplewood-to-NYC commuter, and regular contributor to Baristanet and Barista kids.
is Baristanet’s billing manager. When not having fun with spreadsheets, she is a food technologist at a flavor house making all your dairy products taste delicious. firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Dietsche currently works in higher education communications and is a graduate student at Montclair State University. She previously worked as a staff writer at The Record.
Erika Bleiberg is an adventurous spirit who loves to tell stories and find humor in unexpected places. She is a NJ certified EMT and doula and will deliver babies anywhere, anytime.
Debbie Galant was founder and former co-editor of Baristanet. She is now director of the NJ News Commons, a statewide news cooperative based at Montclair State University, and can be reached at email@example.com
Carl Bergmanson was a co-founder of Baristanet.