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John Mooney
Chief Executive Officer, Founding Editor
Before founding NJ Spotlight in 2009, John Mooney covered education in New Jersey for 15 years as a reporter for The Newark Star-Ledger and The Bergen Record and as a contributing writer for The New York Times. He has won numerous state and national awards, including honors from the Education Writers Association and the American Society of News Editors. John also has spoken at conferences and other events regarding school issues facing New Jersey and the role of education journalism. He lives in Montclair, N.J.

Paula Saha
Director of Audience Development and Events
Paula Saha comes to NJ Spotlight from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where she worked as part of the public affairs team to plan events, publicize performances, and expand the Arts Center's inhouse and social media audiences. Prior to that, she spent nine years as a reporter with The Star-Ledger, where she wrote a weekly community news column and covered everything from local government to crime, education, planning, and environmental issues. Paula is a graduate of Syracuse University's masters program in newspaper journalism, where she was the recipient of the Newhouse Fellowship for Minority Journalists.

Steve Shalit
Business Development Director
Steve is charged with maximizing sponsorship value for clients across NJ Spotlight's event and media opportunities. He has many years of experience with the New York Times' digital media and events businesses.

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