, New Jersey's all online hyperlocal newspaper serving fourteen communities and growing, announced today that several well-respected veteran journalists from longstanding area newspapers have joined the site as beat reporters, providing enhanced hyperlocal coverage for's footprint.

"We continue to welcome such high caliber veteran journalists to our burgeoning staff of reporters," said Michael Shapiro of New Providence, Founder and Publisher of "The Alternative Press has seen consistent growth over the past few years and our news content is unparalleled in the towns we cover. These new reporters will help us continue to elevate the high-quality news our readers have come to expect." (TAP) is pleased to welcome the following new reporters covering specific beats in its network of communities:

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Marty Daks has joined TAP as a feature reporter covering business and finance. A freelance journalist, he was most recently a staff writer at NJBIZ, a statewide business journal. Marty has also written for online business publications produced by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Emory University's Goizueta School of Business, trade and other publications. Before moving into business journalism, he worked as an accountant for more than a decade.

Deb Dawson will be covering Berkeley Heights for TAP. Dawson is a 13-year journalism veteran, most recently as an editor for the Hunterdon Review and Delaware Valley News, where she covered the towns of Califon, High Bridge, and the townships of Clinton, Lebanon and Tewksbury for the paper. Prior to her years at the Review, Dawson was a county government reporter for the Hunterdon County Democrat.  She has won numerous journalism awards and is a retired Naval officer