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Cheryl Silver to Head NJ-Based News Site

SUMMIT, NJ – (June 7, 2018) – CivicStory's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Cheryl Silver as the news organization's Editor, starting July 2, 2018. As newsroom leader, Silver will work with newsmakers and news leaders throughout New Jersey to tell stories of people and organizations changing their communities in significant ways. 

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Silver brings a breadth of experience in public broadcasting, nonprofit news, media literacy, and project management.

“I'm motivated by CivicStory’s empowering, proactive mission,” Silver said, “and I'm excited by the opportunity to get involved and play a leading role in shaping news coverage in New Jersey and the region.”  

Susan Haig, CivicStory’s Founder & Creative Director, said Silver’s multimedia experience and passion for meaningful storytelling make her an ideal fit for the organization. “We are thrilled that Cheryl's work encompasses reporting, video production, and managing creative teams, and we look forward to her journalistic leadership."

A resident of South Orange and a native of the Midwest, Silver received a regional Edward R. Murrow award for a radio piece with Illinois Public Media.

Silver’s hire launches a new era in CivicStory made possible by a growing circle of donors and the organization's participation in 2017 News Match - a national campaign to support nonprofit news sites across the country.

“Our successful News Match campaign marked a turning point,” Haig said, “The critical boost from News Match funders means we can now invest in professional journalistic expertise and undertake collaborative news projects that inform and empower New Jersey citizens.”

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About CivicStory
CivicStory is a nonprofit news site and producer of short videos highlighting sustainability and creative change in New Jersey and beyond. Its mission is to advance solutions-based news about citizens and organizations transforming communities. Recipient of the Garden State Film Festival's Broader Vision Award, CivicStory (formerly NJ Arts News) has produced 95 short videos covering civics, environment, humanities, and creative culture.  CivicStory is a member of INN (Institute for Nonprofit News,) and among the 130 nonprofit news sites in the U.S.

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Cheryl Silver is a multimedia reporter, producer and editor, and a graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. Working in newsrooms throughout the Midwest, she gained broad experience in Network News, Public Broadcasting, and documentary and video production. An award-winning journalist, she received a 2014 Regional Murrow Award for an investigative radio piece with Illinois Public Media and a 1998 Midwest Emmy Award for work on a public affairs documentary. Cheryl also has been active in the arts throughout her life. A recent transplant to New Jersey, Cheryl enjoys exploring the Garden State with her husband and three children.