Set for an Aug. 23 launch, The White Plains Examiner will join the company’s existing trio of local community newspapers. The Examiner, The Northern Westchester Examiner (formerly The Yorktown Examiner) and The Putnam Examiner — all were started over the past four years, bucking an industry trend of shrinking and shuttering newspapers.
“Our focus on producing high-quality local content has allowed us to capture a loyal audience and the subsequent advertisers who want to reach that audience,” said Adam Stone, the Mt. Kisco-based company’s founder, owner and publisher.
“We’re confident readers living and working in the City of White Plains and the surrounding area will embrace our product with as much zest as our readers elsewhere in Westchester and Putnam counties,” Stone also remarked.
The newspaper will also be distributed in the surrounding towns of Greenburgh and Harrison, and will feature light editorial coverage of the neighboring communities as well.
Coverage of White Plains also raises the company’s profile. The county seat in Westchester, home to state and federal courts, White Plains was named one of the fastest growing cities in the United States by Bloomberg’s Businessweek last year. As an urban center, White Plains will present the new publication with unique challenges and opportunities. Andrew Vitelli, who will serve as editor of The White Plains Examiner, said, “the city’s arts scene, business community, political happenings and local sports all warrant significantly more coverage.”
“In one of the most important periods of the city’s more than 300-year history, White Plains citizens deserve a newspaper that lets them know what’s happening down the block, at their city hall, at their local pizzeria and at their childrens’ schools,” added Vitelli, the current editor of The Putnam Examiner. “A vibrant local newspaper is vital to a community, and The White Plains Examiner will fill that current void.”
Patricia Casey, former publisher of White Plains Times, will be working with Examiner Media.
“I am happy to see a news organization of such quality coming into White Plains and I look forward to helping ensure the success of The White Plains Examiner,” Casey said. Casey plans to launch a newsmagazine this fall to address local and regional issues relating to sustainability and creativity in community problem-solving and affairs. The White Plains Examiner and Casey’s yet-to-be-titled magazine will cross-promote one another.
“There are a lot of people out here at the local level working through tough financial times to bring our communities to the next level,” Casey said. “They need an advocate who will promote their efforts and spotlight success stories where new approaches and creativity show the way.”