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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. NY Delivery Driver Gets Four Years In Prison For Seeking Sex With NJ 'Girl'

    NY Delivery Driver Gets Four Years In Prison For Seeking Sex With NJ 'Girl'

    A takeout food delivery driver from Westchester who was arrested when he showed up at a Bergen County home for sex with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison.Jacob Smith, 28, used the name “LaidbackJay” to connect on the online app with what turned out to be an undercover detective posing as an underage girl.Smith ended up becoming one ...

  2. Wife Of Instagram Celeb Jailed In Plot To Kidnap, Terrorize NJ Man Who Trashed Him Online

    Wife Of Instagram Celeb Jailed In Plot To Kidnap, Terrorize NJ Man Who Trashed Him Online

    The wife of Bergen County-based Instagram influencer "Jay Mazini” was in on a plot to kidnap, threaten and terrorize a Fort Lee man who’d posted negative comments about him on social media, authorities said Friday.Joumana Danoun, 21, of Paterson also then tried to get the victim to drop the charges, they said.Danoun joined her husband in the Bergen County Jail following her arrest ...

  3. GOTCHA! Criminal Couple Charged In Englewood Knifepoint Convenience Store Robbery

    GOTCHA! Criminal Couple Charged In Englewood Knifepoint Convenience Store Robbery

    A couple known to police robbed an Englewood convenience store owner at knifepoint – for cigarettes, authorities said.Monica Monique Peters-Gore, 52, of Teaneck, and 38-year-old registered sex offender Gary Williams of Englewood both had criminal histories when they entered the 7-Eleven on Grand Avenue, off eastbound Route 4, shortly before 4 a.m. July 15.Store surveillance video shows ...

  4. HERO: Sergeant Rescues Suspects From Burning SUV After Pursuit Ends In Crash Near NJ-NY Border

    HERO: Sergeant Rescues Suspects From Burning SUV After Pursuit Ends In Crash Near NJ-NY Border

    UPDATE: A Palisades Interstate Parkway police sergeant rescued two suspects from a burning SUV after it crashed into two other vehicles and overturned during a stolen-vehicle chase Thursday afternoon, authorities said.A group of suspects who'd become the subjects of a suspicious persons report fled the Englewood Cliffs Marina in a GMC Envoy shortly before 3 p.m., PIP Police Sgt. First ...

  5. NJ Private Eye Among Group Charged With Stalking Couple For China

    NJ Private Eye Among Group Charged With Stalking Couple For China

    A former NYPD sergeant turned Bergen County private investigator is among a group of defendants accused in a federal indictment of stalking and harassing an expatriated couple in New Jersey to return to China to face prosecution there.Michael McMahon, 53, of Mahwah helped “gather intelligence about and locate” the husband, who was wanted by People’s Republic of China for “embezzlement, ...

  6. Paterson Ex-Cons Wounded In Shooting Treated, Charged With Gun Possession

    Paterson Ex-Cons Wounded In Shooting Treated, Charged With Gun Possession

    Two Paterson ex-cons who showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds could both be headed back to prison.Rashon Johnson, 30, and Nascir Robinson, 22, each showed up at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in private vehicles within minutes of one another around 2:30 a.m. July 5, authorities said.Both men told police that they were “in the area of Park Avenue and Madison Avenue when an ...

  7. Dealer Caught With More Than 28 Pounds Of Coke Worth $720,500 In Passaic, Authorities Charge

    Dealer Caught With More Than 28 Pounds Of Coke Worth $720,500 In Passaic, Authorities Charge

    A Paterson man was busted with more than 28 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $720,500 during a fugitive roundup, authorities announced Thursday.Tydel Clark, 31, was arrested following a warranted search of a Passaic city residence and his vehicle, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and U.S. Marshal for the District of New Jersey Juan Mattos Jr. said.The news came amid a ...

  8. HERO: PIP Officer Saves Suspects From Burning SUV After Pursuit Ends In Crash Near NJ-NY Border

    HERO: PIP Officer Saves Suspects From Burning SUV After Pursuit Ends In Crash Near NJ-NY Border

    UPDATE: A Palisades Interstate Parkway police sergeant rescued two suspects from a burning SUV after it crashed into two other vehicles and overturned during a stolen-vehicle chase Thursday afternoon, authorities said.A group of suspects who'd become the subjects of a suspicious persons report fled the Englewood Cliffs Marina in a GMC Envoy shortly before 3 p.m., PIP Police Sgt. First ...

  9. Howell Township Officer Honored For Unique Approach To L.E.A.D. Instruction

    Howell Township Officer Honored For Unique Approach To L.E.A.D. Instruction

    Among its many challenges, COVID-19 required Howell Township Police Officer Jayme Higgins to refigure how to continue instructing 565 students in five schools in the L.E.A.D. "Too Good for Drugs" program.With no more in-person sessions, Higgins and his team brainstormed. Together with Officer Maureen McBride, Sgt. Paul Mazzeo and Jeanna Ribbon, Higgins came up with virtual ...

  10. 'GOING TO WAR': Armed-To-The-Teeth Trinitarios Gang Members Rounded Up In Paterson

    'GOING TO WAR': Armed-To-The-Teeth Trinitarios Gang Members Rounded Up In Paterson

    Fourteen Paterson drug dealers who defended their turf against rivals by heavily arming themselves with guns and large-capacity magazines were charged in a major sweep, state and local authorities announced Thursday.Five handguns were seized, including a “community gun” shared by members of the “400 Block” set of the Trinitarios, who authorities said dominated the heroin, cocaine and ...

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