ITHACA, N.Y. –– Dustin Patte has been named Interim Executive Director of the Ithaca Voice (IV). The decision is part of a plan by the Board of Directors to find a permanent successor after the departure of Michael Serino this fall.

Patte has been with the Ithaca Voice since 2016, most recently in the role of Sponsorship & Development Coordinator. He brings a strong local connection and a core understanding of the organization’s mission and vision. In considering his role in this critical time for the organization, he offered the following thoughts:

“I am grateful for the opportunity to support IV during this time of transition, and to work in collaboration with the board, staff, and community to continue to deliver local news while the organization continues to grow. I remain committed to ensuring the best local coverage. I appreciate the IV’s role as a key media outlet in the market, especially in the recent, expanding remote existence and look forward to furthering our vision and mission for the area.”

“The Ithaca Voice is uniquely positioned to develop and promote content for the area,” stated Michael Perehinec, treasurer for the Ithaca Voice board of directors. “With Dustin’s knowledge of the organization, his passion for excellence, and his dedication to action, he is uniquely qualified to lead at this time.”

Anna Lamb has been promoted to senior reporter at the Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2019 with a degree in journalism and has been with the Ithaca Voice for over one year serving as a reporter. In this role she has covered the impact of the global pandemic and the area’s racial justice movements. She also has served as an on-air host at WRFI for two and half years.

The Ithaca Voice newsroom includes the recent edition of an education reporter, Matt Butler and a long standing contributing writer since the organization’s founding, Brian Crandall.

The Ithaca Voice is an online-only nonprofit news site serving Ithaca and Tompkins County. Launched in June 2014, it is a free and independent source of journalism. It’s mission is to improve civic and political understanding in Ithaca and Tompkins County by publishing and sustaining in-depth, educational, rigorous, timely and ethical journalism that all residents can access online free of charge.

Do you want to promote local journalism? If so, consider joining the Ithaca Voice Community Advisory Committee to provide feedback on reporting and community insight during news events. The committee will  meet quarterly and offer feedback on IV’s reporting as well as serve as a sounding board for coverage that’s in the works. During big news events, like recent protests or the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, IV may call special meetings with its community advisory committee to discuss coverage.

For more information contact Dustin Patte via email at dpatte@ithacavoice.com