Henry Powderly

Journalist, Editor

professional portfolio + personal projects


Posted on 11 Jun 2008 0 comments

Henry E. Powderly II is a journalist, writer and musician living on Long Island, NY, working as a regional editor for AOL’s hyperlocal news platform, Patch.com.

At Patch, Henry manages 25 sites, encompassing the company’s footprint in Long Island’s Suffolk County and ┬áin Brooklyn.

IMG_0591Henry has hired and managed more than a dozen editors at Patch and as a regional editor has shaped coverage strategies for a diverse slate of local communities. From day-to-day coverage of community, school, business, police and government news to 24/7 coverage of local disasters such as Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy and the Blizzard of 2013, Henry has shaped thousands of articles.

Henry is also an adjunct professor at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, teaching there for four years about core elements of journalism such as authenticity and verification as well as the finer critical thinking skills that a news consumer can use to judge the reliability of information.

Henry has also spoken on media panels across the region on topics including social media for reporters, business reporting, hiring, pitching the media and online journalism.

Before working at Patch, Henry spent several years working as Web Editor for Long Island Business News, a position he earned after working as an assistant editor for the business-focused publication. Henry has also worked for community weeklies in Ulster County in upstate New York and a print-on-demand publisher in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Henry earned his bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and he has written a range of unpublished poetry and prose, including two novels. He is working on a chapbook of nature poetry, a series of short fiction pieces inspired by Harvard Sentences and a collection of longer stories. Some of his favorite writers are Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Nikos Kazantzakis, Haruki Murakami, Jack Kerouac, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg and J.D. Salinger.

Screen Shot 2013-05-27 at 9.00.59 PMHe is also a saxophonist, pianist and composer, having studied at Manhattan School of Music and The New School before moving to New Paltz. He has played professionally in New York City and in the Ulster/Dutchess and Orange County areas. His favorite musicians/composers are John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Dmitri Shostakovitch, Erik Satie, Charles Mingus and Bill Evans.

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