The Explorer team

We’ve been growing our team–and our ability to cover Adirondack issues important to you.

Tracy Ormsbee

Tracy Ormsbee

Publisher

Tracy Ormsbee has been with the Adirondack Explorer as publisher, overseeing all operation of the magazine, its websites and book publishing, since March of 2017.

Prior to her role at the Explorer, she was a Senior Editor at the Times Union, Albany, NY (2002-2017), overseeing Features, Sports, the Sunday report and the newspaper’s magazine division. 

She and husband Jim have two grown daughters and, as empty-nesters, spend more time hiking, paddling and skiing and have become those people who bring their dog with them wherever they go. 

Contact: [email protected].
Office: 518-891-9352, Ext. 21.
Text: 518-542-3385

Brandon Loomis

Brandon Loomis

Editor

Brandon guides the Explorer’s journalism, assigning stories and photography, advising staff reporters and collaborating with freelancers. 

He joined the Explorer in summer 2018, after working as an environment reporter for daily newspapers including the Arizona Republic, where his examination of a border wall’s effects on rare species contributed to the newspaper’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize. He previously managed reporters in Alaska’s capital as city editor at the Juneau Empire, and reported for the Associated Press in Chicago.

Brandon was born in Watertown and raised mostly in Alaska, where he worked summers in the salmon fisheries and at a pulp mill.

Contact: [email protected] or follow on Twitter @brandonloomis.

Melissa Hart

Digital editor

As the Explorer’s digital editor, Melissa Hart serves as the editor of Adirondack Almanack.(com), and helps manage the Explorer’s website, social media and community engagement. 

An upstate New York native with deep Adirondack roots, Melissa worked for newspapers in Ithaca (NY), Fairbanks (AK) and Burlington (VT) before settling in the Champlain Valley.  In addition to her time spent as a reporter and editor, Melissa brings experience working in nonprofit communications.

When not online or reading books and magazines the old fashioned way, she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, kayaking and other outdoors activities with her husband and their twin daughters.

Contact: [email protected]

Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch

Multimedia reporter

Mike Lynch has been a multimedia reporter for the Explorer since 2014 and can often be found hiking mountains, paddling rivers, or skiing down slopes. His photos complement many of the stories throughout the magazine and website, and he regularly writes recreation features. 

Mike has worked for various newspapers in New York and California. He has been a reporter in the Adirondack Park since 2006, having worked seven years as the outdoors reporter for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. 

Mike has also worked as a licensed outdoor guide and thru-paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. He is the author of 12 Short Hikes on Preserves near Lake George. 

Contact: [email protected]

Gwendolyn Craig

Gwendolyn Craig

Reporter

Gwendolyn Craig covers environmental policy impacting the Adirondacks made by the state Legislature and Adirondack Park Agency. She not only covers the decision makers, but also the people and places their policy affects. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer. 

Previously, Gwen worked for several years as a newspaper reporter in Glens Falls and in the Finger Lakes covering local governments and the environment. She also worked as a videographer and web editor for a communications firm representing nonprofits in the D.C. Metro area.

During her free time, Gwen can be found teaching ice skating or hiking. 

Contact: (518) 524-2902 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @gwendolynnn1.

Ry Rivard

Ry Rivard

Reporter

Ry writes about the use and misuse of water. 

He joined the Explorer in fall 2019 to investigate the effects of pollution, climate change and development on the Adirondacks’ lakes, streams and drinking water supplies. 

Before this, he covered water and energy in the western United States for Voice of San Diego, higher education for a website in D.C., and politics in his native West Virginia.

Contact: [email protected] or follow on Twitter @ryrivard.

Andreas Mowka

Andreas Mowka

Customer service

Andreas has been the Customer Service Go-To-Guy at the Adirondack Explorer since November 2005. He came to the Explorer after many years of customer service and office administration experience in the New York City area. 

Born in Germany and having lived and travelled worldwide, he settled down permanently in the Adirondack Mountains after hiking and vacationing here several times and developing a love for the area. 

Andreas enjoys many hobbies, guitar, dog/cats/horses, his large property and everything that goes with it. He is looking forward to automating more of the customer service area in the near future, but always glad to chat.

Contact: [email protected]

Michael Armstrong

Michael Armstrong

Office manager

Michael has been office manager for the Explorer since February of 2014, responsible for managing the daily finances, human resources, and office systems that support the Explorer’s operations.  

As a long time resident of the Adirondacks, Michael enjoys getting outside with his dog Chloe and exploring!  He also enjoys playing ukulele.  

Contact:
[email protected]. Call 518-891-9352, Ext. 24.

Betsy Dirnberger

Associate publisher

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