About The Bedford Daily Voice

The Bedford Daily Voice informs your community with local, relevant and timely news delivered on the web and your mobile device. Our local reporters - supported by a team of experienced editors - deliver your news, sports, events and most importantly - your voice.

Editorial Team

Karen Tensa

Karen has lived and worked in Connecticut for more than two decades. Her professional experience includes more than a decade of work as the news editor at The Advocate in Stamford and reporting and editing stints on the staff of The Hartford Courant, among others. She is dedicated to local news, winter sports and reading nonfiction books.

Andrea Graziano

Andrea Graziano was a reporter for the Journal News in Rockland and Westchester counties for eight years, covering everything from schools to immigration to breaking news. Prior to that she worked at a chain of weekly newspapers on Long Island's North Shore and as a freelance writer for Yankees Magazine. She has a Master's Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. When not working, she enjoys reading, running and spending as much time as possible with her husband and two sons.

Zak Failla

Zak worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. He is a Long Island native and proud alum of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communication. When he’s not bemoaning the Atlanta Braves’ playoff woes, you can probably find him on the phone with his mom.

Joe Lombardi

Joe Lombardi, managing editor and director of media initiatives, returned to Daily Voice in September, 2013 after serving as a sports editorial consultant here from August 2011 through January 2012.

Lombardi has spent much of his professional career as an award-winning newsroom manager, writer and editor who has worked at major websites, television networks, newspapers, magazines and radio stations and as a book author.

The New York City native and Irvington High School graduate is also an innovative entrepreneur who is a team leader, team builder and multimedia, multi-platform professional.

He has been actively involved in web publishing for such sites as Yahoo’s rivals.com, CBS’s MaxPreps.com, NBA.com, SLAMonline.com, InsideLacrosse.com, LoHud.com, MSGVarsity.com and LaxLessons.com. In addition, he also has expertise in marketing, public relations and social media.

Joe Jenkins

Joe Jenkins is a reporter who has worked for various publications including the Poughkeepsie Journal and the New York Daily News. He Graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2003 and received his master's degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. Joe is also a contributing columnist and analyst for various online sports publications.

Sam Barron

An (almost) lifelong Westchester resident, Sam has reported on all facets of Westchester since he graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in print journalism, including stints at North County News and The Examiner. A film columnist for WAG Magazine, Sam's moviegoing expertise has been profiled in the New York Times and he was a featured guest on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.

Tom Auchterlonie

Tom Auchterlonie is an experienced local journalist and is originally from Mount Kisco. Prior to joining The Daily Voice he spent more than four years at Patch.com, where he covered Mount Kisco, New Castle and Bedford. He has also freelanced for various local publications, including The Examiner, Inside Chappaqua and The Record-Review. Tom is an alumnus of Syracuse University.

Jon Craig

Pleasantville native Jon Craig covers Southern Westchester for the Daily Voice. Jon graduated from Cornell University and received his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He's worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in New York and Ohio and as managing editor for weekly newspapers in Rye, White Plains and Harrison.

Alesha Hanson

Alesha Hanson is a graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Alesha has knowledge in marketing, promotions and social media. In the past, Alesha interned at WFAS Radio as a marketing and promotions intern and as a social media marketing intern for SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family. 

Jeanne Muchnick

Jeanne Muchnick’s editorial career has spanned multi-media platforms and topics, from baby advice for Parents to travel finds for family.com to human interest features for The New York Times to lifestyle insights for prevention.com. She has been a Senior Editor at top national women’s magazines including Woman’s World and Woman’s Day and was instrumental in the launch of InTown, Rockland and Putnam magazines. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her relaxing at Orchard Beach with a good paperback.

Community Advisor

Bea Rhodes

I am the Confidential Secretary to Supervisor Chris Burdick in the Town of Bedford, a position that I really enjoy and that means a great deal to me. Among my many responsibilities I take great pleasure in helping serve the residents of our great Town Some of my recent work experience includes working as Office Manager for the Junior League of Northern Westchester and as Legislative Aide to Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia. I am currently a member of the Tree Advisory Board of Bedford, a volunteer appointed position. Over the years I have volunteered for Caramoor, the Northern Westchester Hospital, the Katonah Swim and Dive Team and many other groups and organizations. Some of my personal interests are advocating for the protection of the elderly – in particular those with dementia and pushing for animal welfare protection laws. I am very fortunate that I have been able to work, serve and contribute in such meaningful roles.

Karen Benvin Ransom

Karen Benvin Ransom is a Westchester native who has lived in the Town of Bedford for 22 years. She attended Transfiguration School, Tarrytown; Our Lady of Victory Academy, Dobbs Ferry and Manhattanville College, Purchase. Karen is an Associate Broker with Houlihan Lawrence Katonah. Check out her website for Real Estate & Local Lifestyle and Lore at www.KarenFromKatonah.com She has served as a volunteer for The Katonah Museum of Art, been a Docent at Caramoor and assisted The Katonah Women's Civic Organization. Karen ha raised her children through local Pre-Schools and the Katonah Lewisboro Schools. She has also served as a Boy Scout and Girl Scout Leader.

Dawn Dankner-Rosen

Dawn Dankner-Rosen, President, DDR Public Relations, Inc., is an award-winning public relations specialist with expertise in branding, media relations, social media and strategic communications strategies for more than 32 years. She develops campaigns that integrate the best of traditional media and social media tactics for clients that cover a wide range of fields including small and large businesses, health care, real estate, nonprofits and school districts. Among her current and recent clients: Prudential Financial/ Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, New York Health & Wellness, WeeZee-The Science of Play, Financial Asset Management Corp, Trion Real Estate Management, Abby Rodman LICSW, the Katonah Museum of Art, Westchester County Department of Public Works & Transportation, New York Gastroenterology Associates, MDxpress, JP McHale Pest Management and the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Dawn has a network of media contacts developed over three decades and has been recruited by both small and large businesses to develop strategies for new product and new business launches; branding, image creation and repositioning programs; special events, ribbon-cutting events and cause marketing campaigns, as well as major crisis communications programs. She recently won a Big W Gold award in the Integrated Marketing Campaign category for the Westchester County Department of Public Works & Transportation Senior B.E.A.T (Be Educated About Transit) program. She has also won a series of awards for her crisis communications campaigns for both the Harrison Central School District and the Katonah Union Free School District. Throughout her intensive career, Dawn has spearheaded publicity efforts for many high profile company launches including MSNBC, QVC and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District. Other past noteworthy clients include Revlon, Playtex, Easy Spirit, Pantene, Lane Bryant, Rit Dye, LU Cookies, Piaget, Hush Puppies and Fred Perry. Prior to opening DDR Public Relations, Dawn was the Director of Public Relations at the Kinney Shoe Corporation where she created an in-house agency for its 10 retail divisions (including Foot Locker and Lady Foot Locker). Earlier she was the Senior Media Relations Executive at Cushman & Wakefield and held account positions at various major public relations agencies in New York City including DeVries Public Relations, Marina Maher Communications, NW Ayer Public Relations, The Softness Group and Peter Martin Associates. She has just been named the President of the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Business Council of Westchester. In addition, she was previously Board President of the Child Abuse Prevention Center of NY. Dawn graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a BS in Public Relations and Psychology, and is currently working towards her Master’s in Branding & Integrated Communications at City College of New York.