NEFAC Bolsters Board of Directors with Globe Editor, Vermont Publisher and UConn Professor

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The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce the addition of three members to its board of directors.

“It’s an honor to have these individuals join our board and help further our mission,” said Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director. “The wealth of experience they bring to our organization will help us become a stronger advocate for the First Amendment and the public’s right to know.”

Joining NEFAC’s board of directors are:

1260846930_6312Jennifer Peter | Senior Deputy Managing Editor | The Boston Globe

Jennifer Peter is senior deputy managing editor for local news, overseeing The Boston Globe’s coverage of government, politics, education, crime, religion, and everyday life in Boston, the suburbs and beyond. She previously worked as the Globe’s city editor, political editor and co-leader of one of the newspaper’s regional sections, after a 12-year career as a reporter in Boston, Virginia, Connecticut and Idaho. Peter lives in South Boston with her husband and two children, ages 6 and 8.

smithtTodd Smith | Publisher | Caledonian-Record

Todd Smith continues his family’s legacy as the fourth-generation publisher of the Caledonian-Record in Vermont and its associated daily and weekly publications. He received degrees in history and political science from Colgate University. Smith learned virtually every job at The Caledonian-Record before taking his current position. He recently served on the New England Newspaper Press Association Board of Directors. He lives with his wife and three sons in St. Johnsbury, Vt., where he is active in a number of local and civic organizations.

stantonportrait-1Mike Stanton | Investigative Journalist, Journalism Professor | University of Connecticut

Mike Stanton is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut. Before that, he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Providence Journal, where he worked for nearly 30 years and wrote extensively on political corruption and organized crime. He also ran the newspaper’s investigative team. He wrote The Prince of Providence, a New York Times bestseller about the felonious former mayor of Providence, Buddy Cianci, and is currently writing a biography of former undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano. His freelance work has been published in The Boston Globe, Yankee magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review. Stanton has received a Master Reporter award from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.


NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Donations can be made here. Major Supporters of NEFAC for this year include The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe and Boston University.