About Us

The Berkshire Edge LLC is a locally owned, regional publication.  Our goal is to provide, regularly and in depth, content that truly reflects the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually rich and vibrant community.

Guided by respected journalistic standards, the principle of fairness, the quest for truth, a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, and an abiding admiration for the independent spirit of the Berkshires, The Berkshire Edge offers in-depth local news reports and features, perspectives on the arts, wide-ranging commentary, and a comprehensive calendar of events – all written, illustrated, and, in some cases performed, with wit, intelligence, insight and humor.

Marcie L. Setlow, Publisher

Marcie Setlow has been developing, selling and managing media projects for more than 30 years. As Director of Program Development at New York’s PBS affiliate Thirteen/WNET and as Vice President of National Program Marketing at the Pittsburgh PBS affiliate WQED, she worked on the development of television programs for national and international broadcast on such outlets as PBS, the BBC, NHK in Japan and Antenne 2 in France. She designed and managed marketing campaigns that raised millions of dollars to make these programs possible, and directly raised a large portion of these moneys herself. PBS projects with which she has been associated include NATURE, the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIALS, the Peabody-Award-winning THE BRAIN, and the FRED FRIENDLY SEMINARS. As president of Setlow Media Inc. for twenty years, Marcie and her associates consulted on project development, marketing, fundraising, and promotion for a broad range of distinguished clients, including WNET, WGBH (Boston), MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Scholastic Productions, Sesame Workshop, the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Consortium of Science Centers, the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Marcie has a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.

As a community leader, Marcie served as president of New York Women in Film & Television. In the Berkshires, she is president of the chamber music series Close Encounters With Music and board member of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.

David Scribner, Editor-in-Chief

David Scribner has worked for 36 years in newspapers and publications, most of that time at the highest editorial level of his organization. He served as editor-in-chief of two prominent and highly respected regional daily papers: for ten years at The Berkshire Eagle, published in Pittsfield, Mass., and serving Berkshire County, and for four years before that at The Middletown Press, serving Middletown, Conn., and its surrounding Middlesex County communities. As editor of these papers, David gained a reputation for lively and innovative coverage that boosted circulation and built advertising revenue. At The Eagle, he redesigned and edited Berkshires Week, the paper’s on-going and profitable vehicle for news and advertising about the upcoming week’s community and cultural activities. Before going to Middletown, David served as director of publications and public relations for Bennington College, and was founder, publisher and editor of Yankee Horsetrader magazine, which he operated for nine years. David began his reporting career with Time magazine in San Francisco and The Pacific Sun in San Rafael, Calif., and then served as reporter, photographer, and feature writer for The Bennington (Vt.) Banner. In southern Berkshire County, where The Berkshire Edge has its primary focus, he enjoys high visibility, great popularity and a loyal following due to his recent four-year stint as news editor and reporter at The Berkshire Record. David has a B.A. from Amherst College and did graduate work in English and Classics at Indiana University.

James E. (Jim) Gibbons, Vice President, Business Development

In a career that has spanned the better part of three decades, Jim Gibbons has had a hands-on role in the technological evolution of community story-telling. Jim has served in virtually every role imaginable in the newspaper publishing industry, starting as a news reporter, photographer and editor for community newspapers; moving on to sales and general management roles with newspaper companies; and eventually owning and operating multi-media companies that have specialized in producing niche print and digital publications and marketing solutions for communities throughout the northeast. Since relocating with his family to the nearby Hudson Valley from Connecticut in late 2001, he has enjoyed significant success in reviving and inventing community publications. For two years he served as Group Publisher of Taconic Press Media, presiding over eight weekly newspapers; the quarterly Dutchess Magazine and the Hudson Valley Guide. In 2003 Jim took an ownership position in Pulse Communications of the Hudson Valley and served as the company’s president and managing partner from 2003-2007. As president and owner of Rising Tide Communications of the Hudson Valley since August 2007, he has launched myriad community publications in print and online – most notably Hudson Valley Mercantile, a monthly arts and entertainment magazine catering to the ravenous cultural scene of the Hudson Valley. At The Edge, he is responsible for helping guide market and product development throughout the Berkshires and beyond.

Contributors

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