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Jerry DeMarco

Senior Content Editor jdemarco@dailyvoice.com

Born in Newark and raised in Hudson County, Jerry DeMarco is a 38-year veteran of the news industry and a renowned breaking news reporter. He has covered local, county and state police, as well as the FBI, ATF and other federal agencies.

DeMarco joined Daily Voice in 2015 after six years running Cliffview Pilot, one of the nation's few independent breaking news sites. As an independent publisher, he helped establish Local Independent Online News, a national trade organization.

Prior to launching his own site, DeMarco served as a reporter for the Bergen Record, Stamford Advocate, Rockland Journal News, News Tribune, and Trenton Times.

DeMarco has won national recognition for his investigative work, including Clarion, Heywood Broun and Deadline Club awards. He's changed public policy and managed several major projects -- including one that helped put a corrupt public official in federal prison and another that forced a sitting New Jersey attorney general from office for her participation in a Bergen County traffic stop involving her boyfriend.

DeMarco regularly lectures at a graduate course in media relations at Fairleigh Dickinson University and previously was an adjunct professor at Lehman College in the Bronx. 

He has a Bachelor's Degree in English from St. Peter's University in Jersey City.

Jerry DeMarco's Contributions

  1. CLEARED: Grand Jury Finds Fatal Police Shooting Of Attacker Pointing Gun At Woman Was Justified

    CLEARED: Grand Jury Finds Fatal Police Shooting Of Attacker Pointing Gun At Woman Was Justified

    A Passaic man had a gun pointed at a kneeling woman in front of him when a city police officer shot and killed him, authorities said Friday.Surveillance video of the incident convinced a state grand jury to clear the officer Friday of any criminality in the death of 24-year-old Randy Sanchez nearly a year ago.Passaic police responding to several 911 calls of shots fired shortly after ...

  2. Cliffside Park Man Turns Himself In For Hit-Run Crash That Injured Girl, 16

    Cliffside Park Man Turns Himself In For Hit-Run Crash That Injured Girl, 16

    Cliffside Park detectives were closing in when a borough man surrendered Friday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that sent a 16-year-old girl to the hospital earlier in the week.Scott McLearie, who turned 64 on Thursday, was accompanied by his lawyer when Detective William Crapara served him at headquarters Friday with complaints charging him with assault by auto and endangering ...

  3. FBI Nabs Alleged NJ Accomplice Of Accused Multi-Million-Dollar Blockchain Swindler

    FBI Nabs Alleged NJ Accomplice Of Accused Multi-Million-Dollar Blockchain Swindler

    A notorious hedge fund manager who spent four years in prison for a massive scam in Canada adopted a new identity in New York, where he conspired with an Essex County woman in a $30 million blockchain investment scam that cashed in on the crypto tech boom, federal authorities charged.Edith Pardo, 68, of Bloomfield was arrested Friday by the FBI for her alleged role in the scam that U.S. ...

  4. Driver Survives Wild Route 80 Rollover

    Driver Survives Wild Route 80 Rollover

    A driver survived a wild crash off Route 80 in South Hackensack before dawn Friday with no serious injuries, responders said.The vehicle missed the Exit 65 ramp on the westbound highway around 4:30 a.m., then went through a fence and a creek before rolling over and coming to rest on Wesley Street, they said.The exit was closed pending an investigation by New Jersey State Police.The ...

  5. Dominican National Who Brought 2 Pounds Of Heroin From Rockland To NJ Sentenced

    Dominican National Who Brought 2 Pounds Of Heroin From Rockland To NJ Sentenced

    A Dominican national who smuggled more than two pounds of heroin from Rockland County into New Jersey was sentenced Thursday in Newark to a plea-bargained 34 months in federal prison.Bienvenido Perez Lazala, 31, who previously admitted his role in moving the drug, must serve the entire sentence because there's no parole in the federal prison system.Federal agents were listening as plans ...

  6. Clifton PD: Homeless Wheelchair-Bound Mugger, Accomplice Rob Supermarket Shopper

    Clifton PD: Homeless Wheelchair-Bound Mugger, Accomplice Rob Supermarket Shopper

    Two homeless men – one of them confined to a wheelchair -- mugged a Clifton resident coming out of a local supermarket, authorities said.Piotr Waszkiewica, 39, and wheelchair-bound Guy Shane Crocker, 53, approached the 66-year-old victim outside the Exito Supermarket in Botany Square on Tuesday and demanded $20, Detective Lt. Robert Bracken said.When he refused, Waszkiewica and Crocker ...

  7. Ex-Ridgewood High School Athlete Charged With Slashing Tires On Police Car, Other Vehicles

    Ex-Ridgewood High School Athlete Charged With Slashing Tires On Police Car, Other Vehicles

    A former Ridgewood High School wrestler and football player was charged Thursday with slashing tires on several vehicles in his neighborhood, as well as on a village police car.Peter Breiter, 20, “used a knife to deflate the tires while he was walking past the vehicles on Saturday [Jan. 11],” Police Chief Jacqueline Luthcke said.Breiter, who works as a produce clerk, was charged with ...

  8. Dominican National Who Brought 2 Pounds Of Heroin To NJ From NY Gets 34 Months In Fed Pen

    Dominican National Who Brought 2 Pounds Of Heroin To NJ From NY Gets 34 Months In Fed Pen

    A Dominican national who smuggled more than two pounds of heroin from Rockland County into New Jersey was sentenced Thursday in Newark to a plea-bargained 34 months in federal prison.Bienvenido Perez Lazala, 31, who previously admitted his role in moving the drug, must serve the entire sentence because there's no parole in the federal prison system.Federal agents were listening as plans ...

  9. SEE ANYTHING? Police Seek Help Finding Man Who Followed Hillsdale Girl To Door, Ran From Mom

    SEE ANYTHING? Police Seek Help Finding Man Who Followed Hillsdale Girl To Door, Ran From Mom

    A motorist who followed a Hillsdale girl home, pulled into her driveway and walked to her side door took off after being confronted by the youngster’s mother, said police who sought the public’s help finding him.The girl was walking her dog around 9 p.m. Tuesday when, she said, the dark-colored, older-model four-door sedan stopped near the intersection of Hopkins Street and Stever ...

  10. HERO: Firefighter Rescues Suicidal Woman From Route 17 Overpass Leap

    HERO: Firefighter Rescues Suicidal Woman From Route 17 Overpass Leap

    “Why don’t you kill yourself?” her boyfriend told a distraught Lodi woman.Hours later, the 24-year-old woman had climbed atop a bridge barrier above Route 17 in nearby Hasbrouck Heights and considered whether to jump.Then Joey Fehl showed up.Fehl, a Palisades Park firefighter who lives in town, faced his own ordeals. He came out the other side neither bitter nor discouraged.So he knew ...

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