Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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In the Newsroom

Researching and reporting news takes a team. At PBN, we work together to provide you with the business news you need to succeed. Here are the people who make it all possible.

Christopher Allen joined PBN in 2022 as a staff writer. He covers hospitality, tourism and state government. He previously worked as a staff writer for Newport This Week, focusing on municipal government, education policy and commercial development. He holds a master’s in creative writing from Rhode Island College and an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He resides in Middletown.

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James Bessette joined Providence Business News as a researcher in 2018, and currently serves as PBN’s special projects editor. Prior to joining PBN, he worked as a reporter for The Independent and as a copy editor for The Newport Daily News.  James also worked as a sports reporter for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and as news editor for The East Greenwich Pendulum. He also served four years as the Rhode Island Press Association’s board president. In his spare time, James bowls competitively around New England and enjoys watching sports – particularly the Boston Bruins and Providence Bruins.

Matt Bower joined Providence Business News as the copy editor in 2016. Prior to joining PBN, he was a reporter and production assistant for the Warwick Beacon, Cranston Herald and Johnston Sun Rise at Beacon Communications in Warwick. He’s also worked as a reporter for the Warwick Daily Times and Kent County Daily Times in West Warwick. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  

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Claudia Chiappa is a PBN staff writer, covering health care and real estate/development. She joined PBN in 2022 after graduating from Boston University, where she was the in-depth and data editor for BU News Service. She has interned with NBC10 Boston and NECN, the Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Hingham ‘Cast. Originally from Italy, she loves coffee, books and horror movies. 

William Hamilton became PBN managing editor in 2019, having previously served as special projects editor. Before that, he was a content editor and Sunday business editor at The Providence Journal. He was a PBN staff writer from 2007 to 2011 and had previously written and edited for Fall River-based The Herald News, the Pawtucket Times and the Kent County Daily Times.

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Nancy Lavin joined PBN as a staff writer in 2019. She covers finance, environment and energy issues and the city of Providence for PBN. A native Rhode Islander and graduate of the University of Rhode Island, she has nine years of newspaper journalism experience in Rhode Island, Maryland and Washington, D.C. When not chasing a scoop or searching for the perfect story lede, she loves reading and hiking with her dog, Nellie.

Chip LeClerc joined PBN as web editor in 2022. He has worked in journalism 28 years, including stops at the Westfield Evening News of Westfield, Mass., The News-Times of Danbury, Conn., The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Conn., and most recently, The Republican of Springfield, Mass. A lifelong resident of western Massachusetts., he has an associate degree in television production from Springfield Technical Community College and bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University, which allowed him to intern at CNN in Atlanta. Chip is an avid, yet always frustrated, golfer as well as huge fan of all-things hockey, the New England Patriots and Calgary Stampeders (Go Stamps!).

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Mike Mello was named PBN editor in 2019. He began his journalism career in Massachusetts, where he worked as a staff writer for The Standard-Times in New Bedford before becoming a regional correspondent for Ottaway News Service in Washington, D.C. He later worked as a reporter and editor for The Providence Journal and The Associated Press in Rhode Island before joining PBN in 2007 as managing editor. He enjoys spending time with family and following the fortunes of the region’s professional sports teams.

Jacquelyn Voghel joined PBN as a staff writer in 2021. She covers the workforce, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. Prior to joining PBN, she reported on higher education and western Massachusetts communities for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, wrote for the New Britain Herald in central Connecticut and worked in the editorial department at Yale University Press. A Roger Williams University alumna and lifelong writer, she discovered a passion for journalism on the student newspaper, where she eventually served as editor-in-chief. Jacquelyn holds degrees in English literature and international relations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cycling and exploring the outdoors.

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