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Matt Butler

Editor in Chief

Matt Butler has been with The Ithaca Voice since August 2020, serving as managing editor, and reporting on public health, education, and government. He previously spent four years with the Ithaca Times, two as the paper’s managing editor, working a variety of beats during that time. Butler graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a degree in international relations and journalism. He enjoys eating, drinking and breathing. 

Tips and anything else can be sent to, or reach him in the newsroom at (607) 391-0327.

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Jimmy Jordan

Senior Reporter

Jimmy Jordan joined The Ithaca Voice as a reporter in September 2021. He began as a citizen reporter in 2017 at WRFI, Ithaca’s community radio station. There, he eventually rose to the role of News Director, managing a volunteer team of newshounds and bird-dogs. His time at WRFI fostered a deep appreciation for community-level reporting, environmental journalism, and stories that speak to both local and larger audiences.

Reach out with tips or story ideas at

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Zoë Freer-Hessler

Digital Editor/Reporter

Ithaca-native Zoë Freer-Hessler began reporting for The Ithaca Voice in November 2021. While studying journalism at Ithaca College, she gained a passion for editing and reporting at The Ithacan, the college’s student-run paper. She has an affinity for grammar and punctuation and is adamantly against the Oxford comma.

Contact Zoë with story ideas or tips at or on Twitter @zfreerhessler.

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Brian Crandall

Development Reporter

Brian Crandall has been a contributing writer for The Ithaca Voice since the launch of the organization in 2014. He reports on housing and development in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Brian is the author of Ithacating in Cornell Heights, a blog he has kept for more than 10 years that focuses on history and development at Cornell and in the Ithaca community. He also maintains an interactive Ithaca Project Map.

With atmospheric science degrees from Cornell and SUNY Albany, Brian is an air pollution scientist and meteorologist by profession and shares his expertise in the weekly weather column.

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Executive Director

Dorothy Donnelly

Board of Directors

Barbara Adams – Board President

Michael Perehinec – Board Vice President & Secretary

Cassi Norgaisse – Board Treasurer (Interim)

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