Rob Borkowski and Joe Hutnak are Rhode Island natives and veteran print and online journalists, most recently with Patch.com
The concept for Warwick Post evolved from a series of discussions in late 2013 about how to create a dynamic single-community online platform for Warwick, Rhode Island.
What resulted is the website you see today, which includes regular news updates, commentary on important issues, and a vibrant, dynamic business directory that provides easy and affordable advertising opportunities for companies seeking to do business in Warwick.
Rob graduated from University of Rhode Island in 1994 with a B.A. in journalism, and worked as reporter and editor for several local publications, including The Kent County Daily Times, Coventry Courier, and East Greenwich Pendulum, before heading north and continuing his editorial career in Massachusetts for Gatehouse Media.
Among Rob’s assignments were management of the newsrooms at the Medfield Press and Westwood Press, and contributing to the MetroWest Daily News.
In 2010, Rob returned to Rhode Island to spearhead the launch of Patch.com in the West Bay region, and served as Regional Editor during the crucial early months of the company’s expansion.
As Publisher, Rob will be taking the lead in covering Warwick and maintaining the Warwick Post’s editorial standards. You can contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the WarwickPost Facebook page.
A 1993 graduate of Rhode Island College, Joe started his career with The Kent County Times, earning the plum West Warwick beat within three months. After a stint as News Director at WKRI-AM radio, Joe took a reporter job at The Chariho Times, then earned promotion to the editorial post at The East Greenwich Pendulum.
Joe later covered Cranston for The Cranston Herald, then accepted a job as Membership Director for the Cranston Chamber of Commerce, which also included self-publication of the Chamber’s monthly newsletter.
Beginning in 2002, Joe worked in political campaigns, nonprofit administration, after-school youth programs, and education before making a return to his roots in community reporting with Patch.com as Local Editor of Johnston Patch beginning in 2010.
During his time at Patch, Joe coordinated the launch of Smithfield Patch, and in December, 2012, took a new assignment at Bristol-Warren Patch. He also served as Field Editor, providing daily content for six Patch sites in Rhode Island.
In the summer of 2015, Joe divested from Warwick Post LLC to take a public relations position for Tri-Town and South County Community Action Agencies. He is now involved with the site as an occasional contributor and editor-at-large.