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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. Motorcyclist Injured In Route 17 Crash

    Motorcyclist Injured In Route 17 Crash

    A motorcyclist survived an overnight crash on Route 17 in Waldwick, authorities said.The 52-year-old Middletown, NY victim lost control of the motorcycle on the northbound highway just north of Sheridan Avenue shortly before 2 a.m., Police Chief Mark Messner said.“No other vehicles were involved and at that time and the conditions were clear and dry,” Messner said.The rider “was alert ...

  2. Police: 'Worker' Steals $29,000 In Tools From Edgewater Site While Patrons Dine Next Door

    Police: 'Worker' Steals $29,000 In Tools From Edgewater Site While Patrons Dine Next Door

    Workers at an Edgewater construction site had left for the day when a burglar slipped in, put on a hard hat and work shirt and helped himself to $29,000 worth of tools while customers drank and dined at a restaurant next door, authorities said.He left an hour and a half later with drills, batteries, saws, and a spool of copper wire after breaking into several job boxes, they said. ...

  3. Popular Hillsdale Firefighter, 48, Found Dead In SUV In River Vale

    Popular Hillsdale Firefighter, 48, Found Dead In SUV In River Vale

    A popular Hillsdale firefighter was found dead in his SUV Thursday in the upper Hackensack River in River Vale after apparently suffering a heart attack, responders said.John Inserra, 48, was married with three young children -- two boys and a girl. He coached and was extremely active in local youth sports, including softball and wrestling.Inserra was reported missing after he headed to ...

  4. Convicted Child Porn Trafficker From Paterson Busted Again

    Convicted Child Porn Trafficker From Paterson Busted Again

    A Paterson man who spent three years in state custody for trafficking child porn was arrested by Passaic County sheriff’s officers on similar charges Thursday.Raul O. Alarcon, 32, had 150 or so child porn images on his phone when detectives raided his residence, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik said.Members of Berdnik’s Internet Crime Against Children Task Force began ...

  5. Atlantic County Man Found Dead During SWAT Raid

    Atlantic County Man Found Dead During SWAT Raid

    A SWAT team found a 27-year-old man dead of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide after forcing their way into an Atlantic County home on Thursday, authorities said.State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said his office is investigating the circumstances of the unidentified man’s death because it apparently occurred during an encounter with law enforcement.“There was no use of force ...

  6. Closter Police Officer Dragged By Paramus Driver

    Closter Police Officer Dragged By Paramus Driver

    A Closter police officer was hospitalized after being dragged by a fleeing motorist from Paramus on Thursday, authorities said.Sang Lee, 24, initially drove past several "road closed" signs on Closter Dock Road while ignoring three uniformed officers who tried to stop him, forcing a group of construction workers to flee to safety, Detective Lt. Vincent Aiello said.Two officers chased ...

  7. Palisades Interstate Parkway Pursuit: Pair Bails Out Of Stolen Car, Caught On GWB

    Palisades Interstate Parkway Pursuit: Pair Bails Out Of Stolen Car, Caught On GWB

    A stolen car chase down the Palisades Interstate Parkway ended when the 17-year-old driver and a passenger bailed out on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge and were quickly captured, authorities said.Palisades Interstate Police officers began pursuing the 2019 Honda Civic hatchback down the PIP for having stolen New York license plates, Sgt. First Class Raymond E. Walter ...

  8. Driver Dead, SUV Found In Hackensack River In River Vale

    Driver Dead, SUV Found In Hackensack River In River Vale

    A popular Hillsdale firefighter was found dead in his SUV Thursday in the upper Hackensack River in River Vale, the apparent victim of a heart attack.John Inserra, 48, was married with three young children -- two boys and a girl. He coached and was extremely active in local youth sports, including softball and wrestling.Inserra was reported missing after he headed to the a gym in ...

  9. BUSTED! Tattoos Help ID Men In Trenton Protest Firebombings, FBI Says

    BUSTED! Tattoos Help ID Men In Trenton Protest Firebombings, FBI Says

    The FBI arrested two more Trenton protesters, one of whom threw a makeshift Molotov cocktail at police and tried to set fire to a patrol car with two accomplices during an attack captured on video, federal authorities said Thursday.Kadeem A. Dockery, 29, of Trenton, and Killian F. Melecio, 20, of Columbus were taken into custody Wednesday on federal charges thanks to their distinctive ...

  10. Cliffside Park Pre-Teen Fondled By Jersey Shore 'Caretaker,' Authorities Charge

    Cliffside Park Pre-Teen Fondled By Jersey Shore 'Caretaker,' Authorities Charge

    A Jersey Shore man molested an 11-year-old Cliffside Park girl who was in his care, authorities charged.Marquis Howard, 27, of Pleasantville (Atlantic County) remained held Thursday in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.Howard was arrested Wednesday after borough police received a complaint that he’d touched “the child’s ...

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