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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. Hotel-Based Atlantic City Ex-Con Drug Dealer Gets 30 Years, No Parole, In Federal Prison

    Hotel-Based Atlantic City Ex-Con Drug Dealer Gets 30 Years, No Parole, In Federal Prison

    A drug dealer who operated out of a hotel room just off the Atlantic City boardwalk must spend the next 30 years in federal prison.Sean Figaro, 35, rejected a deal from prosecutors, went to trial and was convicted by federal jurors Camden in July 2019 of selling heroin, gun possession by a convicted felon and witness tampering, among other charges.He'll have to serve out the sentence ...

  2. Woman Charged With Threatening To Blow Up Passaic County School

    Woman Charged With Threatening To Blow Up Passaic County School

    A real estate agent was arrested after she threatened to blow up a Passaic County grammar school, authorities said Friday.Veronika L. Callirgos, 35, allegedly “became irate” during a phone conversation with an administrator at Prospect Park School No. 1 on Wednesday – a day after 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed at a school in Uvalde, Texas.Callirgos said she was going ...

  3. Boy, 14, Among Trio Charged In Armed Paterson Bodega Robberies

    Boy, 14, Among Trio Charged In Armed Paterson Bodega Robberies

    Paterson police seized two boys -- one of them only 14 -- for the gunpoint robbery of one city bodega and a botched attempt at another.Authorities also charged but didn't publicly identify a 25-year-old man who they said was also involved in the early-morning April 18 incidents.He already was in custody when police seized both juveniles days apart, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale ...

  4. 'Go Back To Your F*cking Country': NJ Woman Attacks Young Muslim Sisters, Authorities Charge

    'Go Back To Your F*cking Country': NJ Woman Attacks Young Muslim Sisters, Authorities Charge

    A New Jersey woman getting her nails done smacked a young Muslim girl in the head and told her and her sister to “go back to your f*cking country,” authorities charged. She then cursed out the young teens’ mother, they said.Nancy Jones, 59, of Clifton, was charged with a trio of bias crimes after investigators identified her in connection with the April 30 attack at New Natural ...

  5. MURDER: Lodi Woman, 44, Slain By Abusive Husband, Authorities Charge

    MURDER: Lodi Woman, 44, Slain By Abusive Husband, Authorities Charge

    A 44-year-old Lodi woman who suffered repeated assaults at the hands of her estranged husband was stabbed to death by him, authorities said.Civilians held down Joel Cinco, 48, for police after he stabbed Janet Cinco on Westervelt Place, between Willard and Arnot Street, around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, responders said.Police who were first on the scene conducted CPR before EMS took over and ...

  6. Federal Jurors Convict Ex-Paterson Police Sergeant Of Civil Rights Violations

    Federal Jurors Convict Ex-Paterson Police Sergeant Of Civil Rights Violations

    UPDATE: A federal jury convicted a now-former Paterson police sergeant of stealing money from a suspect, then lying on reports to protect himself and his department accomplices.The guilty verdicts against Michael Cheff, 51, of Oakland on Thursday followed a five-day trial in U.S. District Court in Newark.They also prompted a statement from Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh:"Michael Cheff was ...

  7. Theft Of $8.2M In HIV Meds From NJ Vets Hospital Gets Rx Tech 2½ Years Without Parole

    Theft Of $8.2M In HIV Meds From NJ Vets Hospital Gets Rx Tech 2½ Years Without Parole

    UPDATE: A former pharmacy tech was sentenced to a plea-bargained 57 months in federal prison Thursday for stealing $8.2 million worth of HIV medications from a New Jersey veterans hospital to sell on the black market, authorities said.Lisa M. Hoffman, 50, of Orange, will have to serve just about all of the term because there’s no parole in the federal prison system.U.S. District Court ...

  8. Suicidal Fair Lawn Man Who Went To Hackensack ER For Help Charged With Killing Bronx Uncle

    Suicidal Fair Lawn Man Who Went To Hackensack ER For Help Charged With Killing Bronx Uncle

    UPDATE: A Fair Lawn man accused of shooting his uncle dead in the Bronx earlier this month was being held on Riker’s Island after being extradited to New York from New Jersey to face justice, authorities said.Jonathan Mejia, 24, was brought from the Bergen County Jail to Bronx Criminal Court, where he was formally charged Wednesday with murder, manslaughter and weapons ...

  9. Responders Rescue Man Who Fell Into Trench In Old Tappan

    Responders Rescue Man Who Fell Into Trench In Old Tappan

    A passerby was hospitalized with a leg injury after he fell into an open trench Thursday morning in Old Tappan.Borough police were joined by firefighters and members of the Old Tappan First Aid Corps after finding the man, who'd fallen into the nearly 9-foot hole at the site of a massive construction project on Old Tappan Road shortly before 10 a.m.A basket was needed to lift the ...

  10. Car Rams Paramus Home: 'I Blacked Out,' Driver Says

    Car Rams Paramus Home: 'I Blacked Out,' Driver Says

    A driver told police he apparently blacked out before his sedan rammed into a Paramus home Thursday morning.An EMS unit attended to the disoriented Volvo driver following the mishap on Prospect Avenue just off Spring Valley Road and westbound Route 4 shortly after 11:30 a.m.He was taken to the Hackensack University Medical Center soon after. The extent of his injuries couldn't ...

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