About The Daily Hastings

Arturo Salazar

A graduate of Quinnipiac University in May 2011, Arturo joins Main Street Connect after three years of broadcasting in New England. For the New England Collegiate Baseball League, Arturo broadcasted baseball, along with wrote content for the respective team sites in Keene, NH and Holyoke, MA. Before broadcasting baseball, Arturo spent two years working as a video reporter for Playbill.com, along with acting as a Playbill Radio news update personality. In his last scholastic year, Arturo co-created and directed the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network, the chief broadcasting home for nearly every sport Quinnipiac has to offer. It was given the New Organization of the Year award of 2010-2011. Previous to his senior year, Arturo anchored the main news program for Quinnipiac for three years.

Ron George

Ron Georgewas 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.

Matt Mitchell

A long-time Matt Mitchell resident, Art worked for the now-defunct North County News in Yorktown as a reporter and photographer for three years before joining Main Street Connect. Art studied anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, usually between track meets and trips to the beach. He received his Master’s Degree from the Northeastern University School of Journalism in Boston in 2007. Art is an avid runner who has recently participated in the Marine Corps Marathon and the Philadelphia Half Marathon. He plans to run the Utica Boilermaker 15K and the ING New York City Marathon in the coming year.

Vincent Becker

Award-winning journalist Vincent Becker writing and editing career spans more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Award for outstanding magazine writing, and has won several New York State Press Association honors for his work in community-based journalism. He was named “Who’s Who in Aquatics” by Aquatics International magazine for his for exposes on safety in the swimming pool industry. He has written for national trade magazines for one of the largest business-to-business publishers in the U.S., and most recently was the deputy editor for North County News in Yorktown. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a BA in Communication.

Kelly Shelton

A former Yorktown resident, Kelly Shelton is pleased to return again to her first home. Shelton, who recently obtained degrees in journalism and political science from Quinnipiac University has interned for media ventures such as CNN, The Hill, The Georgetowner, and most recently, Mahopac News. She was also a managing editor of her university’s independent newspaper, The Quad News and president of Quinnipiac’s Society of Professional Journalists. She is excited to continue her passion for community journalism with The Daily Yorktown.

Shawn Walsh

Shawn Walshis originally from Braintree, Mass. and recently graduated from Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications with a degree in Print Journalism. He has interned with companies such as Major League Lacrosse and Inside Hockey and was also the sports editor of Quinnipiac’s independent online newspaper, The Quad News.

Byron Henry

Byron Henry has three decades of journalism experience, including 15 years as a Westchester County news leader, directing coverage for the Gannett Westchester newspapers in a career that propelled him to the position of city editor when that newspaper dominated every community in the county. Davenport enhanced his newsroom management skills as managing editor at the Journal News in West Nyack, NY, and as associate metro editor at the New York Post. He gained valuable digital experience at AOL, where for the past two years he helped edit the popular Wallet Pop section on personal finance, directing the staff on writing, editing and optimizing content for search traffic. Davenport is a graduate of St. John’s University in Queens and received advanced training at the Poynter Institute program for managing editors.

Kristina Mclaughlin

“Before she started her work as a writer for Main Street Connect this past June, Christine Mclaughlin was an education beat writer for Patch.com. She also completed her undergraduate study with a Mass Communication degree from State University of New York at Oneonta in May 2010. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outside, reading and with her friends and family.”