ITHACA, N.Y. — There have been some changes behind the scenes at The Ithaca Voice lately, and we are excited to introduce our new executive director to the community.

Renée Captor has taken over to lead our nonprofit news organization. She comes to the role with 18 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, and most recently, 15 years of experience running a legal service nonprofit in Syracuse.

As executive director, Captor will be responsible for daily operation of the organization and creating sponsorship and fundraising initiatives to support The Ithaca Voice’s mission to provide free, in-depth local journalism to the community. Captor’s previous experience governing a nonprofit, working with a board of directors and grant writing will be a valuable resource to The Voice.

Captor went to college and law school at Syracuse University, has been dedicated to legal work for decades and recently got her master’s degree in financial integrity from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. But she is a self-described “news junkie” and said she misses local news that’s local. She said she is excited to work for an organization that does local news, and just local news.

“Local news has to rebuild. Local democracy demands it. How do you know who’s running for what?” Captor said. “It’s a way people can keep informed about their local government, what’s going on in their communities, what local needs are.”

The Ithaca Voice was founded in 2014 in response to declines in staffing at local newspapers locally and around the country. Our mission is to provide free access to stories that are in-depth, enlightening, engaging and above all — local.

Including Captor, there are eight people on staff at The Ithaca Voice. Managing Editor Jolene Almendarez leads the editorial team including reporters Kelsey O’Connor, Alyvia Covert, Jennifer Wholey and Brian Crandall. Dustin Patte works in media sales and sponsorship, and Jacob Mroczek is a videographer. Learn more about the team here.

Captor is replacing Mike Blaney, who was with The Voice since 2014. Blaney has moved to Cincinnati to take a position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The staff of the Voice wish our good friend and colleague the best of luck in the next chapter of his career.

Moving forward, Captor said she wants to move the organization forward and put The Voice in a better position to fundraise and work in the community. She said she is looking forward to meeting the community and welcomes feedback. To contact Captor, email her at

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Featured image by Jacob Mroczek/The Ithaca Voice

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.