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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.

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  1. Haledon PD: Paterson Pair Nabbed With 1½ Ounces Of Potentially Fatal Fentanyl, 105 Heroin Folds

    Haledon PD: Paterson Pair Nabbed With 1½ Ounces Of Potentially Fatal Fentanyl, 105 Heroin Folds

    An unregistered, uninsured and uninspected BMW led Haledon police to an ounce and a half of deadly fentanyl, 105 heroin folds and the arrests of two Paterson men, authorities said.Members of their department's Investigative and Special Services Bureau were watching the 100th block of Belmont Avenue near the Silk City border following complaints of drug dealing, Capt. George Guzman ...

  2. Stolen Car Stopped By Paterson Detectives Produces Two Guns, Three Arrests

    Stolen Car Stopped By Paterson Detectives Produces Two Guns, Three Arrests

    Paterson detectives nabbed three armed men in a car reported stolen out of Clifton, authorities said.Detectives Suquan Gary, Levis Qirjako and Luis Roca spotted the 2019 Toyota Corolla -- which had been stolen the day before -- stopped at a light at the corner of Bridge Street and Memorial Drive, city Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said.They "quickly positioned their unmarked ...

  3. MURDER FOR HIRE: NJ Political Operative Admits Paying Out-Of-State Killers To Whack Associate

    MURDER FOR HIRE: NJ Political Operative Admits Paying Out-Of-State Killers To Whack Associate

    A New Jersey-based political consultant admitted Tuesday that he hired two hitmen to kill a longtime associate from Hudson County who had worked for him on various election campaigns, federal authorities said.Sean Caddle, 44, a former aide to former State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) paid the killers -- one from Connecticut, the other from Pennsylvania -- to get rid of ...

  4. Detectives Turn Tables On Scammers Who Thought They'd Conned Bergen County Grandma

    Detectives Turn Tables On Scammers Who Thought They'd Conned Bergen County Grandma

    GOTCHA! Two gutless 20-year-olds from the Bronx thought they'd conned a Woodcliff Lake woman out of $6,000 with the "grandson in trouble" scam -- only they ended up being the ones who got punked.A caller claiming to be her grandson told the intended victim that he'd been arrested and needed bail money, WCL Police Lt. Chad Malloy said.The caller gave the grandmother the name and number ...

  5. One Person -- Not Four -- Wounded In Shooting At Notorious Paterson Corner, Authorities Say

    One Person -- Not Four -- Wounded In Shooting At Notorious Paterson Corner, Authorities Say

    Authorities in Paterson corrected erroneous reports floating around that four people had been shot one night last week. It was only one, they said.The 23-year-old victim was wounded at one of the city's most notorious corners -- Governor and Carroll streets, outside the Carroll Street Apartments -- shortly after 5 p.m. last Thursday, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and ...

  6. Jersey Shore Man Who Labeled Shipment Of Iguanas As Toys Sentenced To Home Confinement

    Jersey Shore Man Who Labeled Shipment Of Iguanas As Toys Sentenced To Home Confinement

    UPDATE: A Jersey Shore man who falsely labeled a package containing 10 live iguanas bound for Hong Kong as “toys" was sentenced by a federal judge Tuesday to a plea-bargained six months of home confinement as part of three years probation.Jason Ksepka, 44, of Farmingdale, also was prohibited from "harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, trapping, capturing, or ...

  7. SWAT STANDOFF: Emerson Officer Talks Troubled Man, 27, Out

    SWAT STANDOFF: Emerson Officer Talks Troubled Man, 27, Out

    An Emerson police officer backed by a SWAT team and county negotiator talked a barricaded man out of his home.What originally came in as the possibility of weapons in the troubled 27-year-old man's home prompted borough police to summon Bergen County Regional SWAT team members and crisis negotiators just after 5:30 p.m. Monday.Officer Sean Croal got a rapport going with the man, said ...

  8. Fire Investigators Examine Fort Lee House Blaze

    Fire Investigators Examine Fort Lee House Blaze

    Firefighters contained a Fort Lee house blaze to a front bedroom after a passing lieutenant saw smoke.Fire Lt. Phil Craddock was driving on the Route 1&9 overpass around 4:45 p.m. Monday when he spotted the smoke coming from the two-story home at 2068 Jones Road just below.Firefighters knocked the blaze down in under a half hour. No injuries were reported.The rest of the house ...

  9. FACT CHECK: Do Carjackers Put Plastic Bottles In Wheel Wells To Distract Drivers?

    FACT CHECK: Do Carjackers Put Plastic Bottles In Wheel Wells To Distract Drivers?

    Despite what someone you know might have shared, carjackers aren't going around shoving empty plastic bottles between motorists' tires and wheel wells as a distraction.Next month marks four years since the mythical "warning" emerged out of Africa and worked its way around the globe.The idea, it's said, is you'll hear the sound of the bottle being crushed and get out of your car to ...

  10. CHILLING AUDIO: Local NJ Police Try To Convince Man To Drop Sword Before Shooting Him

    CHILLING AUDIO: Local NJ Police Try To Convince Man To Drop Sword Before Shooting Him

    "Patrick, drop it," a New Jersey police officer says in a calm, steady voice, pleading several times with a man wielding a 3-foot sword to surrender."Listen to me, I know you're going through some...," the officer says before his voice rises. "Patrick drop it! Get on the ground! Get on the ground!" he screams. "Drop the knife!"Then four shots are heard.The confrontation in ...

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