Our Story

The Lakeville Journal (established 1897) and Millerton News (1932) are survivors, the leading sources of news for generations of inhabitants of the towns and villages of northwestern Connecticut and eastern Dutchess County in New York. They’ve withstood the online advertising migration that undermined the economic foundation of American journalism and has forced more than 2,000 local newspapers to close since 2005.

Meet our new publisher and CEO

Susan Hassler named Publisher of The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News

In advance of publication of the exciting news in this week’s editions of The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News, we wanted to inform you personally that the Foundation and the papers have a new CEO and Publisher, and to thank you again for your continued support.

Since Janet Manko’s retirement announcement in October, the board of The Lakeville Journal Foundation has conducted a search to find a successor – large shoes to fill. We are pleased to say that at its meeting in January the Board approved the appointment of Susan Hassler.

Susan Hassler will become CEO of the foundation and publisher of The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News. Susan and her family have lived in Sharon since her children started school. She has spent her professional life in the magazine business. For the past 20+ years Susan managed the editorial operations of IEEE Spectrum, the flagship magazine of IEEE, the world’s largest professional technology association. She has recruited and trained journalists, mainly in the field of science and technology, many of whom have gone on to become award-winning writers and editors.

Susan is excited to take on her new position and we expect she will start in February.

All of us at the papers and the Foundation are grateful for your contribution and we appreciate your ongoing support.

Noreen Doyle

Chair of the Board – The Lakeville Journal Foundation

A New Era

The Lakeville Journal Foundation, established in the summer of 2021, took ownership of the two papers to sustain and expand them. Building on the loyalty and passion of the readers and volunteers who have kept the papers afloat, the nonprofit foundation is dedicated to the idea that flourishing communities need flourishing community journalism.


Our goal is to report the news of our communities accurately and fairly, and to foster the free flow of information and opinion.

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Celebrating 125 Years

On August 14, 1897 The Lakeville Journal printed its first issue. During the summer of 2022, we celebrated 125 years of local journalism and invite you to browse below some highlights of this monumental event.

Highlights From Our Recent Celebration Events

The Newsprint Jubilee

The Future of American Journalism

Anniversary Day Street Fair

Opening Exhibition