Denise Di Stephan
Hi and welcome to Point Pleasant Patch!
I've been writing news and feature stories since 1982, when I wrote for my college newspaper and was a stringer for The New York Times.
After college, I worked part-time and did freelance writing for newspapers and magazines, then worked for 11 years as a full-time reporter for New Jersey daily newspapers such as The Press of Atlantic City and The Asbury Park Press.
While working at the Asbury Park Press, my husband and I bought a house in Point Pleasant Borough in July, 1993 and we've been here ever since. After leaving the Asbury Park Press in January, 1998, I did a lot of freelance writing for magazines, including New Jersey Monthly, New Jersey Life and The Nation, and also did copywriting for corporate web sites.
My husband and I live with our two children.
We've spent a lot of time going to the river and ocean beaches, the boardwalk and parks and enjoy fishing, crabbing, biking and walking all over the borough and the beach.
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* How would you describe your political beliefs?
I have been a life-long registered Democrat, but have voted for candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties based on a variety of criteria, including policy positions, experience and personal traits.
* How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious?
I was raised as a Catholic, but I'm open to and respectful of all religions.