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Hi Cleveland Heights! A Note From New Editor Chris Mazzolini

Hi, I'm Chris Mazzolini, the new editor of Cleveland Heights Patch.

Hi, I'm Chris Mazzolini, the new editor of Cleveland Heights Patch.

While I'm new to the Heights area, I'm not new to Patch or the Cleveland area. I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and have spent the past two-plus years as editor of Solon Patch and, for a short time, Twinsburg Patch.

I'm looking forward to getting to know the residents of Cleveland Heights and providing you with the timely and local news and information you need.

How you can reach me: I love reader feedback, be it praise or criticism, and I'll be looking for your story ideas. You can email me at chrism@patch.com or call me at 440-289-4381.

A bit about me (You can read my full bio here):

  • I grew up in Wickliffe. I studied political science at Kenyon College and then received my Masters Degree at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
  • Before coming to Patch in December 2010, I worked as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina for six years. There I covered a whole range of topics, including military issues, local government, state government, environmental issues and more.
  • I'm an identical twin. I live with my lovely wife Karyn and have four pets: Two dogs, two cats.

I thought this would be a good time for a refresher on all that Patch offers:

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Nikki Ferrell May 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Just an FYI for our readers — I'll still be here, working in a different role for our Northeast Ohio Patch sites. Cleveland Heights is in great hands!
Garry Kanter May 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Thanks for all you've done, Nikki!
carlita skok May 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Thanks, Nikki!!!
Ted Dick May 21, 2013 at 03:06 PM
good luck Chris & Nikki If it is a good time to give us feedback, then it is a good time to give you feedback. Each week CHPatch lists houses up for auction -- It happens the day before the auction and I am curious what ever happens to these houses? I realize that you don't have the time, personnel or budget for this -- but an approach for the citizen to take to find out might be nice article. I would cease publishing the NEOhio low lights compilation of what stupid things people do to get arrested. I would try to get more articles about the HS choir, jazz and play performances & concerts -- give us a little lead time, so we can plan to support the students. Frankly I want more stories about young people doing good things. Finally, I would enforce the policy of full disclosure of folks' names but realize that people fabricate alias's easily in the digital world. Oh well, I feel better now
Chris Mazzolini (Editor) May 21, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Hi Ted: We are always looking for reader feedback, so thanks. My first goal is to get my feet wet and get to know the community. Then my plan is to find the stories you, the readers, want and go from there. Yeah, we're going to have some crime news because it's important for residents to know what is going on near their homes, schools, workplaces, etc., but we will strive to make sure we have tons of coverage of local students doing good things, new local businesses and a lot more.
Garry Kanter May 21, 2013 at 04:55 PM
But not *exclusively* happy talk , please. That's what the Heights Observer specializes in.
Alastair Pearson May 21, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Crime stories are great - to be honest, though, just posting pictures of foreclosed or recently sold homes without any background doesn't really serve any purpose. There is more value to an article with context, like "Wave of Foreclosures on Coventry Raises Questions about Local Mortgage Practices" versus pictures of five random foreclosed houses.
Anastasia Pantsios May 22, 2013 at 03:01 AM
I haven't been around here in a while, since I unsubscribed. My beef was that there seemed to be a move away from localness, especially in opinion pieces. I get that sometimes a big news story will break elsewhere you think people might be interested in. But some rightwing screed written by someone in California is without context and annoying. That was my trigger for unsubscribing. It might have been interesting to know there was someone in Cleveland Heights who held such opinions. There's no value to a piece by a guy in California whose opinions have little to do with those of most people in Cleveland Heights.

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