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Scott Berzon, Executive Director: 314-743-3672, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus: 314-743-3667, email@example.com
Ellen Futterman, Editor: 314-743-3669, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Sherwin, Managing Editor and Director of Digital Strategy: 314-743-3665, email@example.com
Elise Krug, Editorial and Development Associate: 314-743-3671, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Berger, Staff Writer: 314-743-3674, email@example.com
Shane Blatt, Senior Account Executive: 314-743-3676, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Seigel, Account Executive: 314-743-3661, email@example.com
Elaine Wernick, Account Executive: 314-743-3666, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Arbuckle, Accounting Manager: 314-743-3675, email@example.com
Technology, Production and Circulation:
Thomas Wombacher, Director of Operations: 314-743-3663, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Frager, Production Designer: 314-743-3673, email@example.com
Scott Berzon, Executive Director
Scott Berzon, a St. Louis native, is married to Jamie and the father of three children: Madelyn, Quinn and Simon. After completing an English degree from the University of Missouri, Scott pursued a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. In 1999, Scott began a career in higher education publishing spanning more than 12 years. He has worked extensively in sales, sales management and marketing. Prior to joining the team of the Light, Scott served as the J’s Director of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. In his time away from work, Scott enjoys writing, film, stand up comedy, and coaching and playing soccer.
Scott can be reached at 314-743-3672 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen Futterman, Editor
A native of Westbury, New York, Ellen Futterman broke into the world of big city journalism as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in the latter part of the 20th century. Deciding that Tinsel Town was not exciting enough for her, she moved on to that hub of glamour and sophistication, Belleville, Ill., where she became a feature writer, columnist and food editor for the Belleville News-Democrat.
A year later the St. Louis Post-Dispatch scooped her up, neither guessing at the full range of her talents, nor the extent of her shoe collection. She went on to work at the Post-Dispatch for 25 years, during which time she covered hard news, education, features, investigative projects, profiles, sports, entertainment, fashion, interiors, business, travel and movies. She won numerous major local and national awards for her reporting on "Women Who Kill" and on a four-part series about teen-age pregnancy, 'Children Having Children.'"
Among her many jobs at the newspaper, Ellen was a columnist for three years, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Critic-at-large and Daily Features (Everyday) Editor. She invented two sections from scratch, one of which recently morphed from Get Out, begun in 1995, to GO.
In January of 2009, Ellen joined the St. Louis Jewish Light as its editor, where she is responsible for overseeing editorial operations, including managing both staff members and freelancers. Under her tutelage, the Light has won 16 Rockower Awards — considered the Jewish Pulitizer’s — including two personally for Excellence in Commentary for her weekly News & Schmooze column. She also is the communications content editor for the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis.
Ellen and her husband, Jeff Burkett, a middle school principal, live in Olivette and have three children. Ellen can be reached at 314-743-3669 or at email@example.com.
Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Robert A. (Bob) Cohn is a native of St. Louis (b. 1939). He is a graduate of University City High School (Class of 1957) and is a member of the U. City High School Hall of Fame.
Bob is also a graduate of Washington University with degrees in English, Philosophy and Political Science, and a Doctor of Law degree. He is also a licensed attorney and a member of the Missouri Bar.
Interested in law and journalism since his childhood days, Bob was Editor of Student Life, the Washington U. undergraduate student newspaper and later of The Writ, the law school student newspaper.
After graduating law school in 1964, Bob worked for five years for then County Supervisor (Executive) Lawrence K. Roos. Bob was Administrative Assistant, Staff Attorney, Speech Writer and Press Secretary for Roos until 1969, when he became Chief Editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light, starting his long career at the Jewish community newspaper on July 1, 1969.
He semi-retired in 2004, but continues a very active association with the Jewish Light as Editor-in-Chief Emeritus. Bob continues to collaborate on preparing the weekly editorials, covering hard news, doing interviews and features and reviewing books, plays and films.
Bob has been an active member in the Jewish and general communities and has won numerous awards for his journalism and public service. He is a past President of Congregation Shaare Emeth, of Legal Advocates for Abused Women, the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the American Jewish Congress (now the Midwest Jewish Congress).
Bob has won several national Simon Rockower Awards for his writing and received the Fred A. Goldstein Community Service Award from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. He has received many other awards, including being inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, and the Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel/Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Award from Jews United for Justice for his many years of civil rights work. Bob has been associated with the St. Louis County Human Relations Commission since 1964, and continues to serve as Chair.
Bob is married to the former Barbara Berg. They are the parents of three children, Scott (married to the former Julie Bohm) of Chesterfield, who have three children; Julie (married to Paul Greene, of Falmouth, Maine, who have two children; and Emily Cohn of Vinalhaven, Maine and St. Louis.
Bob Cohn can be reached at 314-743-3667 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Wombacher, Director of Operations
Tom is a St. Louis native who began his newspaper career in college at the UMSL student newspaper, The Current. He studied music, but worked in advertising and production. Tom has been with the Jewish Light in a variety of capacities since 2006 including advertising sales and graphic design. As Director of Operations, he currently oversees the Production department, subscription sales, and the office network and technology.
Tom enjoys discovering new interests and hobbies. In addition to music and newspapers, Tom participates in local triathlons and running events. He co-founded MSE Racing which hosted the St. Louis Triathlon at Creve Coeur park in 2016. He also makes home-made wine from locally sourced grapes and other fruit. In 2014 he was president of the Missouri Valley Winemaking Society.
Tom has a tolerant wife, Heather, and two sons. He can be reached at 314-743-3663 or at email@example.com.
Mike Sherwin, Managing Editor
Mike Sherwin started freelancing for the Jewish Light in 2006 and began working full time as a reporter and photographer for the Light in January, 2007. A St. Louis native, Mike received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. As managing editor, Mike oversees story and photo coverage, page design and the Light's website, stljewishlight.com. Mike can be reached at 314-743-3665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Berger, Staff Writer
Eric is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and started his journalism career in Boonville, Mo., a town of less than 10,000 people about 40 minutes west of Columbia. He is fairly certain that he was the only Jew in town. He spent one year at the Boonville Daily News as a reporter and then became news and online editor.
He then participated in a six-month internship in Israel at the Jerusalem Post, where he edited opinion pieces and helped manage the website. Next, he moved to Philadelphia to work as a staff writer at the Jewish Exponent, the second-oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the United States.
Over three years, he interviewed author Nathan Englander, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and actress Susie Essman, who stars on Eric's favorite comedy, "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He also wrote about the challenges Holocaust survivors face as they age; a deaf Jewish congregation that has been shrinking in numbers; and covered local and state elections, interviewing Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfe and his predecessor, Tom Corbett.
He won Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Professional Keystone Press and Philadelphia Press Association awards for his story about local Jews who were in Israel during the 2014 Gaza war and a feature about a 13-year-old boy taking classes remotely using a robot while undergoing cancer treatment.
He moved back to St. Louis and joined the St. Louis Jewish Light as a staff writer in October 2015. In addition to writing stories, he manages the newspaper's social media and shoots videos.
In October, he started teaching journalism classes at his alma mater, Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
He has written for the Philadelphia Daily News, Tablet magazine, and the St. Louis Beacon, an online newspaper covering the St. Louis area.
If you Google "Eric Berger journalist" you will find a science writer at the Houston Chronicle. This is not St. Louis Eric Berger, who has made it his life goal to overtake Houston Eric Berger and become the top hit on search engines.
Elise Krug, Editorial Assistant
Elise is originally from Columbus, Ohio with stops in Rochester, N.Y., Dallas, Atlanta, and finally St. Louis in 1994. She is a graduate of The University of Texas with a degree in Marketing. Writing “Mitzvot from the Heart” and “Jews in the News” for the past 10 years has allowed Elise to meet so many new people in our community and reacquaint her with others she hasn’t seen in years. And she loves to play Jewish Geography. Elise and her husband Mark, a commercial property tax specialist, live in Creve Coeur. They have two daughters: Paige (22) attends KU, and Rachel (20) attends the University of Minnesota.
Elise can be reached at 314-743-3671 or at email@example.com
Shane Blatt, Senior Account Executive
Shane brings more than 30 years of advertising sales and account management expertise to the Jewish Light. She began her advertising career in Chicago working with national advertising agencies including TMP Worldwide and Bernard Hodes Advertising. After 15 years of managing local and national accounts including healthcare, IT, financial, transportation, retail and other industries, Shane moved to the newspaper side of advertising sales. Shane continues to partner and strategize with clients to provide the most cost effective ways for them to increase revenue and maximize visibility. Companies look to Shane as their “advertising consultant” and take advantage of all various platforms of advertising including print, digital, events, sponsorships and more. Contact Shane at 314-743-3676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elaine Wernick, Account Executive
Elaine is a lifelong St. Louisan (she graduated from Clayton High School) who has been in the advertising industry for nearly 30 years. A veteran of radio as well as print media, her creativity and marketing savvy have generated legions of loyal clients who rely on her advice and promotional strategies to grow their businesses. Elaine prides herself on her ability to build and sustain relationships. There isn’t anyone she doesn’t know! In short, she is simply Fabulous!
Elaine can be reached at 314-743-3666 or email@example.com
Laura Seigel, Account Executive
Laura Seigel brings a wealth of sales and management experience, as well as a diverse background, to the STL Jewish Light. Most recently, she held an outside sales and design consultant position with Budget Blinds selling window treatments. Previously, Laura served as a sales manager, buyer and interior designer for Decor Interiors and Jewelry where she was responsible for the store’s furniture business. In addition, Laura is the proud owner of her own interior design consulting business — Defining Style — a small business she has successfully run for almost 10 years.
Laura can be reached at 314-743-3661 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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