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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.

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lizFormer New York Daily News special sections editor and women’s magazine contributor, Liz George is Editor-in-Chief of Baristanet. liz@baristanet.com
annetteWorld traveler, urban explorer, gourmand, and venture humanist, Annette Batson has been photographing and covering local news, entertainment, and food for Baristanet since 2005. annette@baristanet.com
WLA34-3 (1)Georgette Gilmore moved to Montclair 14 years ago with her husband and they had two very adorable daughters – The Gilmore Girls. Georgette is a freelance editor, writer, Family Travel blogger at Playground, social media junkie, and food & coffee lover. She was Editor-in-Chief of Barista Kids, a local parenting site for five years.


chandaChanda Hall is an artist and freelance photographer who moved to Montclair from Brooklyn several years ago and never looked back. She loves Baristaville for its beauty, its diversity and its dynamic citizens. A mom to two daughters, she loves to photograph kids being kids.
kuaeKuae 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.
kristinKristin Wald 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.


christinaChristina Gillham, a former editor at Newsweek, is a writer, editor and mom of two.
hollyHolly Korus 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.
kevinKevin 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. kevin@spot-on-creative.net
brianBrian Glaser is a writer, editor, husband, dad, Maplewood-to-NYC commuter, and regular contributor to Baristanet and Barista kids.
arnoldArnold Korotkin is Baristanet’s official cybrarian, a community activist, maintains a 9/11 news service and is a blogger for The Record. gadfly07424@aol.com
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 debbie@njnewscommons.org


Carl Bergmanson was a co-founder of Baristanet.