What We Cover
Lisle IL: News, crime, business, politics, schools, events, and announcements.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Darren McRoy, Contributor, Editor
I was born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, and first took an interest in journalism when I was named the National Correspondent of the Year for SchoolSports (now called ESPN Rise.) I relocated to Chicagoland in 2006 to attend the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where I wrote for a number of student publications. During my time in school, I also completed editorial internships with Chicago Parent and Vicon Publishing. Upon graduating, I became Western Springs Local Editor with Patch.com
My interests/hobbies include sports, reading, fiction writing, gaming, and outdoor living (hiking/camping/canoeing.) I play both indoor and beach volleyball, and I'm passionate about golf (if not terrific at it.) I also author the online graphic novel Panthera.
Lisle Patch, Editor
Lorraine Swanson, Contributor, Editor
Hometown: I grew up in Des Plaines, Ill., and have lived and worked in the Chicago region my entire life.
Lorraine Swanson is the first member of her family to live south of Roosevelt Road since her grandmother stopped the rag man from whipping his horse in Gage Park in 1910.
She is a veteran community journalist, writing and/or editing weeklies for Lerner Newspapers, Pioneer Press and Chicago Journal. Most recently, Lorraine had her own community news site covering Chicago's Far North Side neighborhoods called Lake Effect News.
Sandy Kaczmarski, Contributor, Editor
Sandy is a freelance writer who has enjoyed a professional career in both print and broadcast communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
She has worked as a radio news anchor for several suburban stations as well as Chicago stations WGN, WLS and WBBM. She's been published in numerous area newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, Beacon News and the Daily Herald.
She lives "at the end of the line" in Elburn, with husband Ed, two cats, and an energetic dog named Bindi Sue.
Jim Hankes, Contributor, Sales
Jim is very excited to be Advertising Manager for Patch and truly believes Patch is revolutionizing the way people are getting their local news and information. He is passionate about helping local businesses attract and retain new customers through marketing and advertising.
You can expect to see Jim and his wife Vickie, along with their son Brian around the area at various sporting events, local concerts or dining out with friends. If you have any questions about Patch or how we can help grow your business, feel free to contact him at email@example.com or at 630-815-4171.
Melissa Sersland, Contributor, Editor
Melissa Sersland is a multimedia journalist. She was part of the Accelerated Master's Program and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern in June 2010. She focused on print journalism for her bachelor's degree and broadcast journalism for her master's degree. For her master's, she covered education in Chicago for the Medill News Service and health in Washington D.C. In D.C., she also covered President Felipe Calderon's visit to the White House and a commencement speech by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Jeff Graveline, Contributor, Editor
Alex Keown, Contributor, Editor
I spent seven years covering state and local politics for daily newspapers in eastern North Carolina. I cut my teeth reporting on municipal and county government at The Daily Southerner before quickly moving on to start a new political beat at The Wilson Daily Times.
In addition to politics, I wrote feature articles about numerous subjects, but many pertained to local history. I wrote about eastern North Carolina during the pre-colonial period -- exploring the countryside with a local archaeologist for signs of Native American settlements -- during the revolutionary period as well as the Civil War period. I also interviewed several World War II veterans for a living history project.
I left journalism and North Carolina in the summer of 2007 to move to DuPage County, Illinois to try my hand at corporate writing. Caught up in a round of layofffs I decided to return to the profession I love. I now work as a freelance journalist writing for multiple Chicagoland publications and Web sites.
Suzy Ravasio Chudzik, Contributor
Suzy Chudzik has lived in Woodridge for 15 years. When she is not writing for Patch she is hockey mom, softball mom, theater mom and volleyball mom. While most of her free time is spent chauffering her 4 kids (13 and 10 year old triplets) all over creation, her real-life driving skills have yet to help her reach the ultimate - beating her kids on Wii Mario Kart!
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Phil Meyer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in Journalism in the spring of 2008. He joined the Journalism School in 1981 and served as Knight Chair in Journalism Professor from 1993-2008. Prior to joining the school, he held a number of reporter and research positions at various media outlets.
He has won numerous awards including the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Research About Journalism (with Scott Maier). He was named a Fellow of Society of Professional Journalists in 2005. In 2004, the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him its Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award. And in 2000 he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.
Meyer is the author of several books including The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age and Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods. Journalism Quarterly in 2000 listed this book as one of the 35 significant books of the 20th century in journalism and mass communication; and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, observing its 50th anniversary in 1996, listed it as one of 50 significant books on public opinion research.
He received his B.S. in technical journalism from Kansas State University and his M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Steven Berlin Johnson is a pioneer in the web world, as a co-founder of FEED, Plastic.com, and Outside.in, which was acquired by Patch in March of 2011. He also co-created Findings.com, which launched in late 2011. Steven was the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School at Columbia University, and served for several years as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Journalism School. He is a bestselling author of seven books, and won acclaim and a Newhouse School Mirror Award for his 2010 Time Magazine cover story, "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live."
Speaking of Steven's editorial prowess, check out this video based on Steven's book, Where Good Ideas Come From, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Economist.
Brian Farnham, Founding Editor-in-Chief
Brian was Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York magazine before coming to Patch. Before that he worked for a variety of publications both online and off, including Details magazine, New York Magazine, and the old, dearly departed Sidewalk.com. He has written for numerous publications, from the New York Times magazine to Harper's Bazaar. He graduated from Bowdoin College and got an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University so he could put his novel in a drawer with distinction. He lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife, adorable son, angelic daughter and the world's most dog-like cat. He’s proud as hell of what the Patch team has built.
Ken Paulson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Amendment Center
Ken Paulson is president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.
Throughout his career, Paulson has drawn on his background as both a journalist and lawyer, serving as the editor or managing editor of newspapers in five different states.
He also is past-president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news media leaders.
Paulson also was the host of the Emmy-honored television program “Speaking Freely,” seen in more than 60 PBS markets nationwide over five seasons, and the author of "Freedom Sings," a multimedia stage show celebrating the First Amendment that continues to tour the nation's campuses.
He was an early advocate of making newspaper content available online, launching online newspapers in both Florida and New York in 1993.
For 12 years, Paulson was a regular guest lecturer at the American Press Institute, speaking to more than 5,000 journalists about First Amendment issues. He was honored with the API Lifetime Service Award. In 2010 and 2011, he served as chair of the PBS Editorial Standards Review Committee.
In 2007, Paulson was named fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, “the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.” In 2008, he received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications from the Southern Regional Press Institute. He has also been elected to the Illini Publishing Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from American University.