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Sophie Culpepper, full-time LexObserver reporter. Former Managing Editor on the 130th Editorial Board of The Brown Daily Herald. Early-career journalist and believer in local news.

Sarah Liu, LexObserver Intern, Lexington High School senior, Musket Features Editor, passionate about telling the stories of all community members.

Seiya Saneyoshi, LexObserver Intern, Lexington High School junior, Musket Reporter.

Vivian Wang, LexObserver Intern, Lexington High School sophomore, Musket Staff Writer, Lexspects (Lexington Perspectives) News Editor.

Advisory Board – We’re always looking to expand our Advisory Board – apply here!

Lauren Feeney, resident of Lexington for almost four years, is the Director of Video Production for The Intercept, a non-profit investigative news organization. Before joining The Intercept, she spent many years as a senior digital producer for various PBS programs, including Wide Angle, Women, War & Peace, and billmoyers.com. Her short-form documentary journalism has appeared on-air and online on PBS, The New York Times, Al Jazeera English, and The Atlantic, among other outlets, and has been featured in film festivals around the world.

Harry Forsdick has been a resident of Lexington since 1978.  A graduate of Yale and MIT, from 1974 through 1996 he worked for Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN) on the development of applications illustrating the capabilities of the ARPANET and Internet.  He and his team designed and implemented prototypes of many of the applications currently in use on the Internet and World Wide Web, including electronic documents exchanged by email — a precursor to Microsoft Word and Outlook, and Google Docs and GMail. From 1985 until his retirement in 2004, he and his teams at BBN, CMGI, and Level 3 Communications built several of the first video teleconferencing applications on Internet-connected personal computers.  When the COVID-19 pandemic occurred and Zoom became an indispensable tool, he was very pleased that the importance of all of the work he did promoting video teleconferencing on the Internet finally became apparent to the greater population, not just his technical acquaintances.

When he retired in 2004, he finally had a chance to apply his experience with computers and networking to help his friends and neighbors in Lexington.  From 2002 he has been involved with: 

  • Lexington List: Founder and Moderator.  In 2002, the Lexington List was the first email discussion list aimed at allowing Lexington residents to exchange their knowledge about Lexington, and the various issues and facts needed to understand our Town.  Today there are over 1,750 members of this list. https://groups.io/g/lexington
  • LexMedia: Chair of the Board of Directors, from 2006-2011.  LexMedia is Lexington’s Cable Access Corporation https://lexmedia.org
  • Lexington Photo Scanning: Founder and Owner.  This home business, founded in 2011, concentrates on converting (scanning) a wide variety of physical media to their digital representations. https://lexphotoscan.com
  • Lexington Community Center Advisory Committee: Member. From 2012 to 2015 this group did the final design on Lexington’s Community Center. https://www.lexingtonma.gov/community-center
  • Lexington Town Meeting: Member from 2017 to present. https://lexingtontmma.org

Elizabeth Hansen, resident of Lexington for three years, is the CEO and co-founder of the National Trust for Local News, a nonprofit working with funders and communities to keep local news sustainable and in local hands. In its first transaction, the Trust worked with the Colorado Media Project, the Gates Family Foundation, the Colorado Trust, the American Journalism Project and the Colorado Sun, to acquire 24 community newspapers and place them under an innovative new structure, preserving local ownership.

Cameron Hickey, resident of Lexington for almost four years, is the founder and Director of the Algorithmic Transparency Institute. He leads an effort to develop methodologies and tools for collecting and analyzing data to increase transparency about how large digital platforms impact society. Previously, Hickey covered science and technology for the PBS NewsHour and NOVA with correspondent Miles O’Brien. Hickey has won a News and Documentary Emmy Award and a Newhouse Mirror Award for his journalism and was also a Knight Foundation Prototype Grantee for his junk news monitoring tool NewsTracker, and won a 2019 Brown Institute Magic Grant to investigate inauthentic activity on social media. His work has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, NOVA, Bill Moyers, American Experience, WNET, and The New York Times.

Nicco Mele, resident of Lexington for ten years, is a published expert on local news and former director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to that, he was the deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Nicco co-founded the Massachusetts Poetry Festival where he still serves as board chair.

We’re always looking to expand our Advisory Board – apply here!