Allow me to introduce myself

Luke Marshall

As you may have guessed by now, Laraine Weschler has left the Citizen’s News. Not to worry, however, because I have arrived to fill her very large shoes.

My name is Luke Marshall and I am your new reporter.

I believe there are a few key attributes every reporter must possess: An eye for detail, the determination to pursue leads, the ability to report fairly on controversial topics, a strong enough grasp on the English language to present the facts in a clear manner, a natural talent for telling stories and a fancy hat.

Well, maybe the hat is just a bonus.

However, along with those attributes, a journalist should have local knowledge and experience.

As I begin writing for the Citizen’s News, I will let you judge for yourself if I am in possession of the aforementioned attributes.

For now, let me tell you about my background and what brought me to this newspaper.

I grew up in Connecticut and have always considered this state to be my home, even when I was living elsewhere.

When I graduated from Pomperaug High School in Southbury, I moved to Atlanta, Ga. to join Americorps. I spent a year serving the communities of both suburban and inner-city Atlanta.

Once the program ended, I headed back up north to my home state, where I began to attend college.

I graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 2006.

While attending the college, I worked as a staff writer and managing editor for the school’s newspaper, The Echo.

In 2009 I graduated with my master’s degree in film and video production from American University in Washington, DC.

During my time at American University I shot and edited many documentary films, including one that won an award from National Geographic. My thesis film opened the 2009 Coney Island Film Festival.

Even though I resided in one of the most powerful cities to have ever been built on a swamp, I missed the green, rolling hills of Connecticut.

When the opportunity finally presented itself, I moved back up north.

That brings you up to date on my education, travels and how I ended up here, at the Citizen’s News

I write all this information not just to inform you of my background, but to let you know that I am your reporter. I write about your town, attend meetings in your town and talk to residents in your town.

I am here for you and your town, so do not hesitate to contact me. My phone number is (203) 729-2228 ext. 23.

I look forward to meeting and hearing from you.


  1. Hi Luke………Just a quick spell check in your Oak Drive article, there is only one “e” in the word judgment. Keep up with your good reporting and Happy New Year 2016. Best wishes, Randall

  2. Hi Luke- Do you know when the story on Bill Shannon will run in the paper? Or did I miss it?