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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. SWAT STANDOFF: Elmwood Park Man Tear-Gassed Out After Threatening Officers With Knives

    SWAT STANDOFF: Elmwood Park Man Tear-Gassed Out After Threatening Officers With Knives

    A potential tragedy was averted after two Elmwood Park police officers came face-to-face Saturday with an agitated ex-con threatening them with a pair of knives, authorities said."Get the f*** out of my house!" Brian Rodriguez, 33, shouted as he descended the stairs toward them inside his mother's Obal Avenue home, Police Chief Michael Foligno said.Coolly and calmly, the officers ...

  2. Good Samaritans Rescue Child, 8, Being Molested On Passaic County Street

    Good Samaritans Rescue Child, 8, Being Molested On Passaic County Street

    A pedophile grabbed an 8-year-old riding a scooter on a suburban Passaic County street and began fondling the child before two good Samaritans rushed to the rescue, authorities said.Juan Ixcotoyac-Tiu, 25, of Bloomingdale, restrained the child near the corner of Leary Avenue and Oak Street, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Bloomingdale Police Chief Joseph Borell said in a ...

  3. Newark Barbershop Robber Shot In Face By Off-Duty Officer Headed To Fed Pen

    Newark Barbershop Robber Shot In Face By Off-Duty Officer Headed To Fed Pen

    Philip Hedgespeth picked the wrong barbershop to rob when the man in the chair turned out to be an off-duty Newark police officer who shot him in the face.Now the ex-con is headed back behind bars -- only this time it's for a federal stretch of more than nine years.Hedgespeth, 45, must serve out the entire plea-bargained sentence: Unlike in the state prison system, federal convicts ...

  4. Oxy Doc Who Traded Drugs For Sex From NJ Patients Sent To Federal Prison

    Oxy Doc Who Traded Drugs For Sex From NJ Patients Sent To Federal Prison

    UPDATE: A doctor who admitted keeping patients from New Jersey hooked by trading opioids for sex was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison.Joseph Santiamo, 65, of Staten Island must serve just about all of the 57-month sentence because there's no parole in the federal prison system.Santiamo, who saw several patients from New Jersey, previously admitted “knowingly prescribed ...

  5. GUNS R US: Feds Charge NJ Men With Selling Homemade Pistols, Rifles, More

    GUNS R US: Feds Charge NJ Men With Selling Homemade Pistols, Rifles, More

    A South Jersey man and his ex-con pal ran a black-market business selling guns and machine guns that he made at home, said federal authorities who took both into custody.David Bibler, 55, of Haddon Heights produced fully automatic pistols and rifles, as well as silencers while ex-con Francis Hillsee, 36, of Mount Laurel priced and sold them, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig ...

  6. GOTCHA! Local Police Capture Violent Ex-Con Wanted For Attempted Murder In Paterson

    GOTCHA! Local Police Capture Violent Ex-Con Wanted For Attempted Murder In Paterson

    UPDATE: What began as a local traffic stop produced the arrest of a fugitive ex-con wanted for shooting two men in Paterson late last summer, authorities said.Police in Pequannock who stopped Johnny Rodriguez, 33, of Paterson near the corner of Van Dyk Place and West Parkway around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday summoned their city colleagues after discovering an outstanding warrant.Authorities said ...

  7. Garden State Parkway Crash Jams Traffic

    Garden State Parkway Crash Jams Traffic

    Two lanes of traffic were blocked on the Garden State Parkway in Paramus late Saturday morning after a multi-vehicle collision.Paramus police, firefighters and EMS were joined at the scene by New Jersey State Police on the parkway's southbound side near mile marker 164.4 shortly before 11 a.m.Four ambulances were requested, but no serious injuries were immediately reported.Boyd A. ...

  8. Responders: Driver Involved In Hit-Run Pedestrian Crash Near GWB In Fort Lee Returns To Scene

    Responders: Driver Involved In Hit-Run Pedestrian Crash Near GWB In Fort Lee Returns To Scene

    UPDATE: A pickup truck driver who took off after hitting a pedestrian in Fort Lee returned to the scene, authorities said.Richard Giacobone, a 42-year-old former Palisades Park police officer who left the department in disgrace, received a trio of summonses in connection with the Friday night rush-hour crash, records show.A 52-year-old Fort Lee woman was in the crosswalk at a ...

  9. Hackensack Man Jailed On Child Porn Charges

    Hackensack Man Jailed On Child Porn Charges

    UPDATE: A Bergen County-based insurance underwriter for entertainers, athletes and corporate executives was released pending court action on child porn charges, records show.Matthew Heitman, 33, was arrested Thursday during a raid of his Hackensack home, Prosecutor Mark Musella said.The former Upper Saddle River resident "used the Internet to view, download, and possess more than 1,000 ...

  10. Mahwah Firefighters Make Quick Work Of Home Blaze

    Mahwah Firefighters Make Quick Work Of Home Blaze

    Mahwah firefighters doused a blaze Friday afternoon that severely damaged a township home.Flames pushed out the back porch of the garage side and through the attic of the West Crescent Avenue home after the fire broke out shortly after 1:30 p.m., responders said.Firefighters got water on it quickly, keeping the blaze from main living areas while preserving the family’s possessions.They ...

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