Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Education: B.A., English, Alfred University, 2003
Birthday: April 16
Welcome video: http://patch.com/A-yLp
John's Pole Dancing video: http://patch.com/A-Q3R
John Dunphy has been writing professionally since covering Sayreville and Edison for Greater Media Newspapers from 2004-2006. He became Managing Editor for Packet Publications, in Princeton, covering Lawrence Township and several other towns in the Mercer County area, where he remained until late 2008.
He has briefly taught English in South Korea twice, in 2005 and 2010, the most recent stint cut short due to a nasty case of not wanting to have gallbladder surgery done in a foreign country. In addition, John has written freelance for several publications on topics ranging from music to community government to his two biggest passions–food and the environment. He maintains (sporadically) a site, Confessions of an Acre Whore, posting reports on the latest open space and farmland acquisitions throughout the state.
Besides writing, John has a number of other interests, including cycling, reading and paying off his student loans. He also loves karaoke (when he can), meditating (when he gets around to it), nature hikes (when he's not taking a nap) and eating out (this one actually happens with regularity). With so many restaurants in Morristown, he's got his work cut out for him, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
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How would you describe your political beliefs? A left-leaning centrist not opposed to hearing opinions from all sides. Isn't that what good journalism is supposed to be about?
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious): Lazy Buddhist.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community? How are new developments like 40 Park going to pan out in the long run? When will redevelopment on Speedwell Avenue actually begin? Will the businesses opening in Morristown be able to survive (especially if multiple types of the same concept crop up)?