This month, we'd like to introduce you to Mark Chiusano. Mark writes the Tuesday to Thursday column
for amNY. He's an editorial writer and columnist for Newsday and amNY, and my book of stories "Marine Park," received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award.
Where did you grow up?
For those not familiar with Newsday & amNY, give us some insight into the publications, and what you cover.
Newsday owns amNY and the papers share an editorial board (so I write for both). Some stories about city and national issues run both ways, ditto with the editorials.
What types of news stories do you personally cover?
I cover all sorts of city issues in my column, including housing, criminal justice issues, immigration, NYC culture, and local politics.
You are also a published author. Tell us how that project affected the work you do as an editorial board member.
in the day job
! Most of my fiction is about NYC as well so there are actually a lot of overlaps, joking aside.
We focus on nonprofits. Give us some advice on how nonprofits should pitch you or colleagues.
Always helpful to be able to speak to the experts who can give background info on knotty city/budget/policy issues.
What is one of the favorite stories you covered, and why?
A series of columns on Puerto Rican hurricane victims trying to navigate NYC after Hurricane Maria. Their stories weren't getting told elsewhere.
How should people reach you or a colleague to pitch a story?
Always happy (best really) to hop on the phone, but when pitching an emails works well. If it's personal, we'll see it.