The Ithaca Voice is a nonprofit digital news site with a mission 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. We want to be the leading media platform that informs, connects, and engages the people of Ithaca with trusted news, information, and commentary. We want to help build a better informed, better educated, and more prosperous community, an Ithaca that our children and people from elsewhere see as a great place to live, work and play. As an independent news organization, we have no editorial obstacles in the pursuit of the truth, just authentic and factual reporting and analysis, full of humanity and on the side of justice. 

Learn more about our standards and practices here.

Follow us on Twitter @ithacavoice or on Facebook. Call the newsroom at (607) 391-0327 or email

Matt Butler

Managing Editor

Matt Butler has been with The Ithaca Voice since August 2020, covering public health and education. He previously spent four years with the Ithaca Times, two as the paper’s managing editor, working a variety of beats during that time. Butler graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a degree in international relations and journalism. He enjoys eating, drinking and breathing. 

Tips and anything else can be sent to, or reach him in the newsroom at (607) 391-0327.

Dustin Patte

sponsorship and development coordinator

Dustin Patte is the sponsorship and development coordinator. He has worked for the Ithaca Voice since 2016 helping foster gifts and sponsorships from individuals and organizations to help with general operations and to further the IV’s journalistic mission. He has worked in the media industry his entire professional career and finds journalism to be an essential part of our democracy that he is genuinely passionate about helping sustain. When not busy working, Patte enjoys boating, camping, fishing, live music, and sports. 

To learn more about opportunities to partner with The Ithaca Voice through sponsorship or giving, contact Dustin Patte at or 607-391-0329.

Jimmy Jordan

General assignment reporter

Jimmy Jordan joined the Ithaca Voice as a reporter in September 2021. He began as a citizen reporter in 2017 at WRFI, Ithaca’s community radio station. There, he eventually rose to the role of News Director, managing a volunteer team of newshounds and bird-dogs. His time at WRFI fostered a deep appreciation for community-level reporting, environmental journalism, and stories that speak to both local and larger audiences.

Reach out with tips or story ideas at

Zoë Freer-Hessler

General Assignment Reporter

Ithaca-native Zoë Freer-Hessler began reporting for the Ithaca Voice in November 2021. While studying journalism at Ithaca College, she gained a passion for editing and reporting at The Ithacan, the college’s student-run paper. She has an affinity for grammar and punctuation and is adamantly against the Oxford comma.

Contact Zoë with story ideas or tips at or on Twitter @zfreerhessler.

Brian Crandall

Development Reporter

Brian Crandall has been a contributing writer for The Ithaca Voice since the launch of the organization in 2014. He reports on housing and development in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Brian is the author of Ithacating in Cornell Heights, a blog he has kept for more than 10 years that focuses on history and development at Cornell and in the Ithaca community. He also maintains an interactive Ithaca Project Map.

With atmospheric science degrees from Cornell and SUNY Albany, Brian is an air pollution scientist and meteorologist by profession and shares his expertise in the weekly weather column.

Reach him at


Interested in joining our team? We regularly have internships and freelance opportunities available. Email Managing Editor Matt Butler for more information.

Ithaca Voice’s volunteer Board of Directors includes the following individuals:

Ann-Marie Adams

Michael Perehinec

Raza Rumi

J.R. Clairborne

Barbara Adams

Cassi Norgaisse

Seth J. Adams

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