Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Executive Editor, Book Reviewer 

Rabbi Rachel Esserman is the executive editor and book reviewer for The Reporter Group. Her editorials and reviews have won awards from the American Jewish Press Association and the Syracuse Press Club. She also serves as the Jewish chaplain for Broome Development Disabilities Service Office. Her work has been published in "The Women's Torah Commentary" and "The Women's Haftarah Commentary" (both by Jewish Lights Publishing). She has also had a book of poetry, "I Stand By the River," published by Keshet Press of Temple Concord. A Reconstructionist rabbi whose first love is teaching, she sees her position on the paper as an opportunity to educate the public about Judaism.




Diana Sochor

Layout Editor 



Diana started at The Reporter in May 1996 as the editorial assistant. Prior to that, she worked at The Walton Reporter as its proofreader and briefly as its production manager. She was promoted to assistant editor in June 1999 and became the layout editor in April 2001. While she does the layout for all of The Reporter Group’s newspapers, she’s a bit of a "Jill of all trades," also juggling administrative responsibilities, editing and, once in a blue moon, a little bit of writing.

Outside of work, Diana is kept busy by her very active teen, her husband and a psycho cat. She’s also a life member of the Girl Scouts and an avid sci fi/fantasy/mystery fan.