Our Newsroom


Will Dowd | wdowd@marbleheadnews.org

Our managing editor, Will Dowd, began his journalism career at the Marblehead Reporter in 2012. Over the past decade, his full-time beats have included Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott and, most recently, Cambridge. A Salem resident, he is the devoted buddy to and dogfather of Clovis, a scrappy Yorkshire terrier and his ever-present shadow.

Kris Olson | kolson@marbleheadnews.org

Our consulting editor, Kris Olson, has been a professional journalist for 24 years, 14 of which were spent serving as editor of the Marblehead Reporter from 2000 – 2015. He is a staff writer for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Leigh Blander | lblander@marbleheadnews.org

Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for the Marblehead Reporter. When not covering Marblehead, she works as a public relations specialist.

Joe McConnell | jmcconnell@marbleheadnews.org

Joe McConnell is a 25-year award-winning veteran sports editor, who has covered the Marblehead sports community since 2008. Joe has reported on major sports events including the Little League World Series for the Boston Herald. His specialty is to feature the individual athlete beyond the box score, and what makes them who they are in games.