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Amy Wallace

Writer/Editor

Buffalo, N.Y.

Amy Wallace

I am a hard-working, detail-oriented journalist with more than 15 years experience in writing, editing and layout for daily and weekly publications in New York and California. I have experience as a writer, reporter and copy editor for numerous publications covering local government, education, crime, courts and lifestyles.

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Robie Drake set free

State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns sentenced Drake on Thursday to time served and ordered his release in front of a courtroom packed with media. Drake entered the courtroom still in his Niagara County prison jumpsuit and shackles, but was set to be processed back at the jail prior to his release.
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It's Senator Ortt

By Amy Wallace and Justin Sondel amy.wallace@tonawanda-news.com. Ortt defeated his Democratic opponent, Johnny Destino, 32,179 to 16,460 votes in Niagara County. Working Families Party candidate Paul Brown took 1,201 votes in unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections. Ortt won by a more than two-to-one margin across the district.
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Higgins, Weppner debate at St. Joe's

The debate, the only one so far between the two candidates in the 26th congressional district, was moderated by St. Joe's AP government teacher Ted Lina and questions were fielded by students in the AP government class. The questions were developed by the students and consisted of timely issues including gun control in light of the recent school shootings, increasing the minimum wage, how to handle the Ebola crisis and legalizing medical marijuana among others.
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WALLACE: Property taxes benefit everyone

Now I understand as much as anyone how tight household budgets can be, that many people live on fixed incomes and every penny counts but I also see the benefit of where these taxes go — our schools. It might be easy to take the public educational system in New York state for granted but what we have here is not the case everywhere.
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Martin-Brown guilty of murder

Antonio Martin-Brown was found guilty of the second-degree murder charge and a lesser charge of petit larceny by state Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia following a two-week non-jury trial. Prosecutors had charged Martin-Brown with the crime after Martin-Brown admitted stealing a check from the victim, with whom he was in a sexual relationship in the months leading up to his killing in May.
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Tonawanda Coke appeal updated

The meeting, sponsored by the Citizen Science Community Resource, was held at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center with representatives from the U.S. Attorney's office and the University at Buffalo. Assistant U.S. But residents and environmental activists heartened by a criminal sentence that included mandating Tonawanda Coke fund several community-focused health studies will have to wait.
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Syracuse offered plea deal

Christopher M. Syracuse, 26, of Hinds Street, is charged with several counts of arson in the second-, third- and fifth-degree and along with third- and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He is facing 13 total charges, felonies and misdemeanors. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the deal consisted of Syracuse pleading guilty to three counts of third-degree arson, all non-violent felonies.
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Police arrest arson suspect

North Tonawanda Police Chief William Hall said that Syracuse was interviewed by police and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and that he has confessed to all the arsons in North Tonawanda. Syracuse was charged at 9:11 p.m. with several counts of arson in the second, third and fifth degree and criminal mischief in the third and fourth degree.
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WALLACE: Just Google it

Now obviously I am not being serious when I use the term “friend” to describe Google, but I have realized that there are some similarities between the popular search engine and a good friend. First, a good friend is always there when you need them. So is Google. Anytime, day or night, you can type in your query and Google will be there to provide an answer.
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About

Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace
96 W. Girard Blvd.
Kenmore, NY 14217
(716) 874-4557
e-mail: amyj3sse@gmail.com

EDUCATION

State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y. Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, December 1994

EXPERIENCE

CITY EDITOR, "Tonawanda News," North Tonawanda, N.Y., October 2013 - present

• Budgeted the A section of the daily newspaper.
• Copy edited reporters' stories, AP wire stories, editorials, columns and proofed pages.
• Worked with managing editor and copy desk on layout, design and story ideas.
• Wrote weekly opinion column and stories covering local government, schools, crime and courts.
• Oversaw newsroom when managing editor was away.

FREELANCE WRITER, "RTT News," Williamsville, N.Y., March 2013 - October 2013

• Wrote articles from national affiliates to go on RTT News' website, an Internet news organization covering local stories throughout the United States.

FREELANCE WRITER, “Niagara Gazette,” Niagara Falls, N.Y., June 2010 - 2011

• Wrote articles covering education, local government and lifestyles for the daily newspaper.
• Assigned and worked with photographers on photos for the articles.

NIGHT CITY EDITOR, “Tonawanda News,” North Tonawanda, N.Y., January 2007- June 2010

• Budgeted the A section of the daily newspaper.
• Copy edited reporters’ stories, wire stories, editorials, columns and proofed pages.
• Worked with managing editor and copy desk on layout, design and story ideas.
• Oversaw newsroom when managing editor was away.

COPY EDITOR, “Bee Group Newspapers,” Williamsville, N.Y., March 2004 - July 2005

• Worked with managing editor to oversee editors and reporters for nine weekly newspapers.
• Copy edited byline stories for style, grammar and content.
• Worked with editors and reporters on story ideas, layout and design of newspapers and assignment of photographs.
• Served as acting editor for all nine papers when editors were sick or on vacation.
• Ran editorial meetings and supervised production of all nine newspapers.
• Wrote articles, covered local government and school board meetings as well as handling special projects such as candidate profile pages.

ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR, “San Mateo County Times,” San Mateo, Ca., May - November 2000

• Worked with managing editor and editor in chief on content, layout and design of the morning and afternoon editions of the daily newspaper.
• Responsible for completing a full budget for the morning edition which included wire stories, world news, national news, state news and local stories.
• Copy edited reporters’ stories.
• Worked with copy desk on layout, design, proof reading, headline writing and directing photographers.

EDITOR, “Independent Newspaper Group,” San Mateo, Ca., April 1997 - February 2000

• Supervised the complete publication of the “Redwood City Independent” and the “San Carlos and Belmont Independent,” a satellite office and two full-time reporters.

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Skills

  • AP style
  • Internet research
  • social media
  • copy editing
  • reporting
  • copy writing