Allow me to introduce myself, I am Melanie Santostefano, your new Arlington Heights Patch editor!
Patch.com is all about engaging and embedding in the communities we cover, so when you see me around town, be sure to say hello!
A little bit about me; I started working in radio as a writer and on-air reporter in Decatur, Illinois for NewsTalk 1340 WSOY. There, I focused only on issues affecting that town.
After a few years, I came back to the Chicago area-where I was born and raised-and began working again as a writer and on-air reporter covering Chicago and the suburbs for Shadow Broadcast/Metro Networks. I reported on stations such as WBBM AM, WLS AM, Sports Radio 670 "The Score" and 101.9 FM "The Mix".
When I learned of an opportunity with Patch.com in August of 2010, I jumped at it. Patch brings me back to my early experiences in media providing hyperlocal coverage for the towns we exist in.
Reporting and I go very well together. I'm naturally curious, and believe it a privilege to be able to help keep you as residents up-to-date on issues affecting you and your family.
I know your mayor of many years is leaving her post, a park district referendum is coming up, and schools, neighborhoods and events and activities in Arlington Heights are important to many.
Be sure to reach out to me regarding news tips and ideas, events and announcements, and all of the other moving parts that make Arlington Heights a great place to live.
Along with reporter Rachel Glaser, we will be working diligently to make Arlington Heights Patch your go-to news source for all things important to you.
The Patch Mission: To make life ridiculously easy for you and and your neighbors, and to become the leader in neighborhood content, conversations and commerce. We're going to work hard to accomplish that mission, each and every day!