NewsGuild Professional Staff
ANTHONY NAPOLI came to the Local from The New York Times in February 2006. He currently serves as the Local Representative for The New York Times, Amsterdam News, Kaplan, Consumer Reports and Writers Guild. He also serves as the Local Treasurer, which is an elected position.
Prior to his job at the Local, Anthony served as the Grievance Chair of the Times unit for three years, was elected as the unit’s First Vice Chairperson and as an Executive Board member.
Anthony was hired by the newspaper on April l, 1986, as a pot-washer in the company cafeteria. Two years later, he stepped up to a delivery clerk position in the receiving department, and became a shop steward. He was promoted in 1996 as an advertising production representative in the customer order fulfillment. He won a technical merit award from The Times for creating and implementing a process for posting web ads in the newspaper.
Anthony attended what was then C.W. Post College (now Long Island University), majoring in business management.
SUSAN DeCARAVA started as a Local Representative in December 2008. She comes from the Writers Guild of America, East, where she served as Unit Chair for two years and was instrumental in organizing that unit. Before Al Jazeera America ceased operations, she represented journalists there and negotiated their transition agreements. Currently, she represents members at Thomson Reuters, El Diario, Standard & Poor's and LAW360.
ROBERT DARAIO became a Local Representative at The Newspaper Guild of New York in August 2012, following a six-month stint as the union's Mobilization Coordinator. He negotiates and administers Guild contracts at JTA/70 Faces Media, The Foreign Policy Association, The Forward, The Hour, The Nation; The Jersey Journal, WPIX and Hudson News.
Robert serves on the NYC Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body and the New York Broadcast Trades Council, where he is the recording secretary.
After a 22-year career as a freelance camera, robotics, video, audio and videotape technician, Robert joined Tribune’s flagship television station, WPIX, in 1999 and stayed through June 2010. In 2002, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored him for his video and robotic camera work on the Emmy Award-winning WB11 News At 10.
Robert served as an IBEW Local 1212 shop steward during his years at WPIX. Earlier in his career, he served on the executive boards of IATSE Local 644 and NABET Local 15.
Robert earned an MA in Labor Studies in June 2011 from the CUNY Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.
Robert served two terms on the Board of Trustees and Police Commissioners of the Village of Ossining, N.Y., where he lives with his wife Gayle, an IATSE Local 764 wardrobe supervisor. He is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain, member of Flotilla 16-07 USCG Auxiliary, Social Media Coordinator for Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, and is a Fire Police Officer in the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department.
NASTARAN MOHIT worked as an organizer for the Guild beginning in 2012 on a project by project basis, notably helping Kaplan ESL teachers gain a contract and Guild representation. In 2015 she was hired full time as the Guild's Organizing Director, overseeing internal and external organizing.
BETTINA DAMIANI is the Guild's newest Local Representative. She represents members at The Daily Beast, Kaplan, and Time Inc.
JANELLE HARTMAN is the Guild's communications specialist. Janelle spent 13 years as a newspaper reporter at The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore., her hometown, before relocating to Washington, D.C., in late 1999 as a senior writer/editor for the Communications Workers of America, the Guild's parent union. In January 2011, she moved down the hall to the headquarters of The NewsGuild-CWA to serve as its commuications director. She joined the New York Guild in September 2016.