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Dianne Doctor ’78 lives a “rich, full and interesting” life, at least according to the editors of “The List,” a feature of New Jersey Monthly’s magazine, Park Place. Doctor was recently named to that list and featured in the Daily Record newspaper, covering Morris County, N.J.

According to the article in the Daily Record, Doctor is creator of NJMyWay.com and news director at Fox 5 News in New York City.

“Launched in December 2006, NJMyWay was an experiment with New Jersey Monthly Magazine, which continues to be a media partner, along with WWOR-TV,” states the article.

“I love news, and that is what drives me,” Doctor is quoted. “I enjoy telling stories, big and small. My passion is creating content that people will want to watch and read. I feel I have the best of both worlds because Fox 5 is such a great television station for news and entertainment and so well regarded in the tri-state area. I also enjoy the hyper-locality of the Internet; it allows you to make a direct connection with the people who are consuming your content and find smaller stories that are important and interesting. Whatever the media, great content is king.”

Doctor earned a B.A. in English from William Smith and a master’s in TV-Radio from Syracuse University.

The full text of the Daily Record article follows.


Daily Record (Morris County, N.J.)
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY RECORD
“Passion for news drives NJMyWay founder”

Sally Silverman • August 4, 2009

Dossier:
Dianne Doctor, creator of NJMyWay.com and news director at Fox 5 News in New York City, has been included on “The List,” a feature in New Jersey Monthly’s magazine, Park Place. “The List” names people who the editors feel live rich,
full and interesting lives.

NJMyWay: Created by Doctor’s company, Galloping Hill Media, the free e-mail newsletter has 4,000 daily subscribers and goes out five days a week, with news and features about statewide events. “Weekend Picks” highlight the best of New
Jersey’s weekend events, while other features include interesting people, shopping, hotels, getaways and trends.

Launched in December 2006, NJMyWay was an experiment with New Jersey Monthly Magazine, which continues to be a media partner, along with WWOR-TV.

“I love news, and that is what drives me,” she said. “I enjoy telling stories, big and small. My passion is creating content that people will want to watch and read. I feel I have the best of both worlds because Fox 5 is such a great television station for news and entertainment and so well regarded in the tri-state area. I also enjoy the hyper-locality of the Internet; it allows you to make a direct connection with the people who are consuming your content and find smaller stories that are important and interesting. Whatever the media, great content is king.”

She’s “content” in N.J.: “I also like to think that I’m doing my part to improve the image of New Jersey (we call it ‘en Jay’ in the e-mails), which is a very cool place to live, raise a family, and has wonderful vacation spots as well,” Doctor said.

Beginnings: Born in 1956 in Port Washington, N.Y., where she grew up, Doctor earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., and a master’s degree in TV-Radio from Syracuse University.

Career path: Doctor was producer/reporter at WIXT in Syracuse and in Little Rock, Ark., before returning to New Jersey in the early 1980s as a reporter at New Jersey Nightly News.

From there she worked at WOR for seven years before leaving in 1991 to join WNBC, where she was news director. She left in 2002 to become WCBS news director until 2006 to go “out on her own.” During that time, she developed Internet and video projects. “I had a great time.”

At home: Doctor has lived in Boonton Township since 2002 with her two children. Her husband, Roger Hernandez, died in September 2008. “He was my inspiration, and I was tempted to end the company when he died, but I felt he would have wanted it to continue since we worked on it together,” she said.

Outside interests: Horses are a passion, and two are stabled on her property. She also enjoys tennis, running, jogging and walking.

Mentor: Dennis Swanson, president of station operations for the Fox Television Stations.

“We worked together at WNBC-TV where he was president and general manager and co-chair of the Olympics. I was his vice president and news director. From Dennis I’ve learned competitiveness, leadership skills and management abilities that have helped me a great deal both personally and professionally,” Doctor said.