Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ
Birthday: July 2
Toniann is an award-winning journalist who studied English/Journalism and Media Arts at New Jersey City University. For more than 13 years, she worked as a reporter, editor and regional editor for Union County LocalSource, a publication of Worrall Community Newspapers. In 2000, Toni took a one-year hiatus from journalism to travel the country with her husband in a tractor-trailer. She's planning to write a book about her experiences on the road.
Upon returning to the newsroom, she interviewed several celebrities, prominent polticians and professional athletes. She has won more than a dozen New Jersey Press Association awards for categories ranging from breaking news, design and opinion writing to features and First Amendment.
When she's not covering news in Cranford, Toni, a die-hard NY Yankees fan, spends time at the gym taking zumba and weight-lifting classes, cooking and collecting signed sports memorabilia.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
It depends on the issue.
Are you registered with a certain party?
Catholic, although I have attended Christian services in various churches and sang in a gospel choir.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Property taxes, redevelopment of the Birchwood Avenue property and flooding have been long-standing issues in town, but residents are also passionate about their schools.