The much anticipated chat with Ed Damon – postponed from May – will take place at our Tuesday July 19 potluck lunch gathering. Ed will talk with us about what he experiences being an openly gay reporter on a rural newspaper. Edward of course covers the whole news beat for the Berkshire Eagle.
Our meeting starts as usual at noon (and ends shortly after 2pm) with the always surprising shared buffet – everyone brings a dish as their contribution – made more delicious with the usual catching up and sociable chatter. Then, some quick announcements and coming attractions before we hear from Mr. Damon. The Williamstown meeting takes place the third Tuesday of every month in the Library of the First Congregational Church on Main Street (Route 2) from 12-2. It’s the church with the big white steeple that dominates the town. Parking in the rear, but be sure to get a permit to display on your dashboard when you arrive.
A native of Rockland, Edward Damon came to the Berkshires in 2008 as a freshman at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. There, he stumbled into the college’s journalism program and eventually become the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, the Beacon. He received a bachelor’s in English from MCLA in May 2012 and joined the North Adams Transcript staff in November 2012 before it ceased publication.
An Eagle reporter since then, Edward covers Northern Berkshire. His interests include the outdoors, obscure cars, dogs of all shapes and sizes, and ‘ 80s New Wave. He has written about the Rainbow Seniors program, helping get the word out.
“As a staff reporter for the Transcript and now the Berkshire Eagle, I’ve covered everything from local courts to car accidents to local schools. My beat has included the towns of Williamstown, Hancock, Clarksburg, Lanesborough, New Ashford, and Stamford, VT”
While at MCLA, Ed served in a number of roles for BGLAD (Bisexuals Gays Lesbians & Allies Making a Difference) including that of Vice President and President.
It promises to be an interesting conversation.