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About the Times

Meet the Staff

Early into the new millennium, the Turley Publications family of Palmer felt that Wilbraham and Hampden should have their own weekly newspaper that would exclusively highlight what was going on in the towns. The first edition of the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, started by Turley marketing director Keith Sykes, debuted after the 2002 Peach Festival on Labor Day that year. The Times is direct mailed to all homes and businesses.

From the beginning, our goal has been to focus on the quality of family life in our towns. Along the way, we added departments and features that cover everything from town meetings to Minnechaug sports to suburban living. In 2004 and 2006, the Times was given the C. Bruce Murray Service Above Self Award for public service to the community. In 2005, we created the Editorial Advisory Board to take the pulse of the community and take a stand on the issues of Wilbraham and Hampden.

The paper has always made space available for “citizen journalists” and “citizen photographers.” With constructive opinion on town issues, we take very seriously our role in analyzing the concerns facing our towns.

Meet the Staff

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Charles F. Bennett
Editor
Charlie, a Wilbraham native, began in the newspaper business as a staff member of the first issue of the Smoke Signal, the newspaper of Minnechaug Regional High School in 1959. After graduating from Northampton Commercial College he worked in the Eastern Edition headquarters of The Wall Street Journal in Chicopee, Mass. and became the Assistant Advertising Production Manager. After 19 years he left to publish and edit The Jewish Weekly News of Western Massachusetts, which won Best Front Page in Mass. Press Association competition in 1987. After selling the weekly, he did media consulting and became public relations director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County. He covered the Wilbraham Board of Selectmen’s meeting when the Wilbraham-Hampden Times was born and became its editor in 2003. He is president of the Valley Press Club, serves on the board of the Rotary Foundation and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Charlie has been married to Susan for 45 years. They have two grown sons, Greg and Clarke, and a granddaughter. Charlie enjoys reading, cooking, kayaking, tennis and music.

 

Tim Kane
Executive Editor, Turley Publications
A 16-year veteran of the newspaper industry, Tim has been a part of the Turley team since 2005. He entered the trade with the goal to make a difference in the world by serving as a public informant and seeking the truth—and continues to work by that guiding principle today. His favorite assignment was breaking a series of stories in Ashland, Mass. about one man's battle with cancer and his quest to uncover the truth about a former manufacturer's decades of hazardous waste dumping in town. Tim has a BA from Fitchburg State College and attended the American Press Institute. Tim lives in Brookfield with his wife, Danielle, and their two sons, Timmy Jr. and Christopher. His pastimes include songwriting, drumming, writing fiction, cross-country skiing, hiking, trail maintenance, and volunteering for the Boy Scouts.

 

Dave Forbes
Sports Editor, Turley Publications
A lifelong sports fan, Dave figured a career covering sports would be the next best thing to playing them. The Chicopee resident is new to the Turley team but brings seven years experience in journalism, most recently as sports editor for nearby Stonebridge Press. His favorite assignments have included covering the Tantasqua boys' varsity basketball team during the 2006-2007 season, not to mention the 2003 New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship parade and the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship parade. Dave is a 2000 graduate of Westfield State College with a major in Communication.

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Jocelyn Walker
Sales Representative
Jocelyn grew up in South Hadley and has been resident of Belchertown since 1984. She has a degree in retail management and worked in the retail industry for 10 years before transitioning into sales. She joined Turley Publications in 2005. “Not many people can say they love their jobs, but I do! I have the privilege of meeting and working with wonderful people in the community and helping to make a difference in the success of their businesses,” says Jocelyn. Jocelyn has been married to Dan for 23 years. They have two children, 21-year-old Brendan and 18-year-old Brynn.

Tyler Witkop
Correspondent
A native of Hampden, Tyler Witkop started covering news as an intern for the Times in the fall of 2008 during his senior year of college. Always a curious individual and a passionate writer, he found himself drawn to reporting by the desire to know and communicate information. His favorite assignment was covering the groundbreaking of the new Minnechaug High School. The Class of 2005 Minnechaug grad received his BA in English Literature from Western New England College and enjoys the outdoors and shooting sports, cooking, reading, writing, and music.
David Miles
Photographer
Veteran photographer David Miles has been shooting for the Times for four years. The Korean War combat veteran has practiced his photographic arts for over 50 years. Dave is a member of the Springfield Camera Club and an active member of the Valley Photo Center in Springfield. His work has been published in National Shutterbug Magazine. Dave is well known around Wilbraham and Hampden and covers large events like the Peach Festival. He lives in town with his wife Joan and they have two grandchildren.
 


The Wilbraham-Hampden Times is a weekly newspaper of Turley Publications.
2341 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095
Editor Charles Bennett | Phone 413-682-0007