Who We Are

Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson is a Delaware State News staff reporter whose beat includes police, crime and court coverage. Anderson has worked at newspapers in Delaware and Maryland since 1989, following graduation from the University of Kansas. He began work at the DSN in 2011 and has lived in the First State for more than 20 years.
Logan B. Anderson
Logan B. Anderson
Logan B. Anderson is the business editor for the Delaware State News and BaytoBayNews.com. He writes and gathers news focused on commerce, enterprise, and issues impacting the economy. He first joined INI in 2004 working to the weekly papers. He eventually worked his way up to the Delaware State News covering the General Assembly. Next, he went to Dorchester County, Md. to lead the Dorchester Banner. He was called back to the Delaware weeklies as their managing editor. In 2015, he took on a new reporting adventure on the West Coast. He recently returned home to Delaware and is excited to be a part of INI again.
Greg Bassett
Greg Bassett
Greg Bassett is Editor and General Manager of the Salisbury Independent. He was affiliated with The Daily Times in Salisbury for 34 years, beginning as a news intern and ending as General Manager and Executive Editor. He has also worked as a News Editor for Thomson Newspapers’ Washington Bureau and as City Editor of The Capital newspaper in Annapolis. He joined INI Delmarva in 2014 to help form Salisbury Independent.
Richard Crumbacker
Richard Crumbacker
Richard Crumbacker has been covering news in Somerset County for nearly 30 years, first with the Somerset Herald in 1985 and after 12 years there and following other pursuits he has been with the Crisfield-Somerset County Times since 2006. Born and raised in Salisbury he has lived in Somerset County most of his adult life.
Andrew West
Joe Edelen
Joe Edelen is a staff reporter for the Delaware State News covering state politics and education. Born and raised in New Castle County, he began his career with the Delaware State News in 2022 after graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in communications and journalism in 2021. At the University of Delaware, he covered Blue Hens’ football, men’s and women’s basketball, and other sports for the student newspaper and radio station.
Lena Ellwanger
Lena Ellwanger
Lena Ellwanger is a copy editor and page designer for the Dorchester Banner, Salisbury Independent and Delaware State News. She has held various editing, writing and design roles for daily, weekly, and monthly papers, as well as special sections, for more than 15 years. Lena began working for Independent News Media in 2021 and has also lived and worked in Maryland and Georgia.
Mike Finney
Mike Finney
Mike Finney is a news/features reporter for the Delaware State News, responsible for covering city of Dover news and writing insightful feature stories on interesting people in and around the state capital. His newspaper career began in 1985 and he spent 30 years as a sports reporter. He has worked for the Delaware State News, News Journal and the Dover Post. Finney and his wife, Marybeth, have two children, Sean and Erin.
Craig Horleman
Craig Horleman
Craig Horleman covers the local entertainment scene for the Delaware State News, from the celebrity acts at the local casinos to the local artists and artisans of Downstate to the vibrant scene at the Delaware beaches. A native of the First State, he graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in journalism and has lived in all three counties at one time or another. A New Castle Countian by birth, he has been a Kent Countian by choice for more than 20 years. He has assumed various roles over his 25-year-plus career with the Delaware State News and INI Delmarva and enjoys bringing all home to readers.
Yvonne Kirksey
Yvonne Kirksey
Yvonne Kirksey has been with Delaware State News since 2009 when she came on board as a Customer Service Specialist. She was the first face that greeted customers and visitors when they entered the lobby. Over the years, Yvonne developed a growing interest in the operations of the newsroom as she often worked with the managing editor, doing some clerking duties. After 8 years of being in customer service, Yvonne transferred into the newsroom in 2017 as their fulltime News clerk. In this position she supports newsroom staff by taking phone calls, managing the newsroom email account, preparing news briefs, pitching news stories, and creating calendars for print and web editions of the newspapers. Yvonne and her husband Don live in Smyrna where they have created a backyard habitat to support local wildlife. Backyard birdwatching is one of their daily activities. She and her husband are passionate about cooking, and they love to feed the people in their life. It is not unusual for them to have a dinner guest or two at least twice a wee
Tim Mastro
Tim Mastro
Tim Mastro is covering the COVID-19 pandemic for the Delaware State News. He joined the State News in December of 2012, covering high school and college sports in Kent and Sussex County. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., attended the University of Delaware and has lived in Delaware ever since.
Andrew West
Matt McDonald
Matt McDonald is a reporter for the Delaware State News and BaytoBayNews.com, covering issues impacting the greater Milford area. He joined Delaware State News in 2022, after graduating from the University of Maryland’s journalism school the year before. His foremost passion outside of work is photography; he often shoots on his grandfather’s film camera.
Kitt Parker
Kitt Parker
Kitt Parker is the Web and Social Media Editor for Independent News Media’s Delaware publications and BaytoBayNews.com. Kitt returns to the company after more than 8 years. During her hiatus she completed her graduate degree and taught at Delaware Technical Community College in the Communications Department. Kitt was born and raised in Sussex County currently residing in Milton.
Glenn Rolfe
Glenn Rolfe
Glenn Rolfe is a reporter for Independent NewsMedia Inc. He covers news for the Delaware State News and Sussex Post. His newspaper career began in 1978, with The Evening Times in Sayre, PA. He has worked for INI since 2002. Rolfe is married, with two children and two grandchildren. His passions are ice hockey and man’s best friend — dogs.
Dave Ryan
Dave Ryan
Dave Ryan is a graduate of Georgetown University. He traveled overseas for many years before settling in Dorchester County. Now the editor of the Banner, he has worked with the newspaper in a variety of capacities since 1999.
Allan Ryder
Allan Ryder
Allan Ryder is a copy editor at the Delaware State News.Originally from Pennsylvania, he is an alumnus of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism. He joined the organization in 2003, after moving to the First State.
Beth Skinner
Beth Skinner
Beth Skinner is a part-time copy editor for the Delaware State News. She first began in 1998, after graduating from the University of Delaware that year. Beth also held the roles of features editor and news services editor before taking a 14-year hiatus to raise her children in 2006. Upon return in 2020, she was back in a copy editor role. Though Beth was born and raised in New Castle, she has lived in Dagsboro, Dover and Milford, where she has resided with her husband and two sons for 20 years.
Sheri Sussman
Sheri Sussman
Sheri Sussman is a paginator for Independent News Media, Inc. She has worked for Independent News for 42 years. Sheri started out in the mailroom to pay for tuition to Delaware Technical where she studied computer programming.
Andy Walter
Andy Walter
Andy Walter is the sports editor of the Delaware State News. A lifelong resident of Delaware, he joined the State News in 1986 after graduating from UD. In his time at the DSN he has written about everything from Little League to pro games in Philadelphia and Baltimore to high school school sports, which first got him interested in sports writing. He has covered every UD home football game since the final contest of the 1986 season. He and his wife, Sharon, enjoy fostering rescue dogs.
Laura Walter
Laura Walter
Laura Walter is the Special Projects Editor for our Delaware and Maryland newspapers. She’s been on the team since 2021, writing, photographing, liaising on and leading a variety of projects. This follows 10 years as a Coastal Point newspaper reporter (from town halls to football fields, courthouse to chicken house, education to environment). She studied English and art at Washington College and was raised in Sussex County. (No relation to other Walters on staff!)
Andrew West
Andrew West
Andrew West, executive editor of the Delaware State News, leads our newsroom. He also edits the “Daybreak” newsletter and writes a “From the Editor” column. He has been with daily newspapers since graduating from the University of Delaware in 1985. He joined the Delaware State News in 1990. Outside the newsroom, West enjoys coaching soccer and participating in sand-sculpting demonstrations and competitions.