Mike Murray : Publisher

Mike Murray


Mike Murray is a senior executive who has over 45 years’ experience, with a diverse sales and marketing background in print and digital media, including newspapers and magazines. In addition to his publishing roles, Murray has served as President of a full-service advertising agency specializing in the financial field, Senior Vice President for a major publicly traded media concern, Vice President for a private media company, and Managing Partner for a private consulting firm, with an emphasis on management restructuring and cost containment. Murray also has served as a partner in a small media group.
He has been instrumental in developing and leading consumer-related services and has been nationally recognized for his work in the media industry. Murray also has been a member of both industry and non-industry-related boards and has been a featured speaker on newspaper development.

Sarah Haase : Editor/Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Haase

Editor/Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Haase is our Arts & Entertainment Editor. Sarah oversees a team of six journalists who tell stories for Weekender, our alt-weekly; The Guide, our weekend planner; and Life, our daily, local feature section. Sarah’s new to our area, having moved here from her hometown in Westchester County, New York. She’s been a reporter in upstate New York and an editor in Oregon, where she ran a weekly newspaper. Be sure to wave if you see her driving around town in her Jeep Wrangler.

Gene Axton : Reporter/Arts & Entertainment

Gene Axton

Reporter/Arts & Entertainment

Gene fell in love with journalism after taking it up as a hobby during his undergraduate career at California University of Pennsylvania. He returned to Cal U to obtain a graduate degree in education, but he decided to pursue a career in journalism after finding out that he enjoys spending time in the newsroom more than the classroom. Gene comes to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader after various freelance work for newspapers and magazines around the Pittsburgh area. When he isn’t writing he’s making his way through his bookshelf of things written by others or digging through the dollar bin at a record store not unlike the one you should be at right now. Why aren’t you at the record store? It’s great there.

Matt Mattei : Reporter/Arts & Entertainment

Matt Mattei

Reporter/Arts & Entertainment

Matt Mattei loves hard cover books and vinyl records. He is passionate about documenting life in its most creative and experiential frequencies, and he is an avid supporter of local artists, businesses and cultural events. When he’s not writing for the A&E department, he’s usually among family or friends, pretending to be a musician.

Christie Ramos : Media Sales Consultant

Christie Ramos

Media Sales Consultant

Christie Ramos is a Media Sales Consultant for the Weekender. She has worked at the Times Leader since December of 2015. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in communications. Ramos resides in Pittston, with her boyfriend and their dog, Chrono.  She enjoys crafting, painting, singing, and most of all, making people laugh.