Charlie Kratovil, award-winning hyperlocal journalist, appears on podcast of SBN’s parent company

Charlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today, is the guest on this episode of the Lubetkin on Communications PodcastCharlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today, is the guest on this episode of the Lubetkin on Communications Podcast

CHERRY HILL, NJ —(SBN)— Charlie Kratovil, a community activist and award-winning hyperlocal newspaper editor in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is the guest on the latest edition of the Lubetkin on Communications podcast, an occasional podcast produced by The Lubetkin Media Companies, the parent company of

Because of the conversation’s focus on issues facing journalists today, LMC is crossposting the podcast on SBN’s New Jersey news feed.

Kratovil started the local news website New Brunswick Today, which has broken several exclusive stories, including reports on corruption in the New Brunswick municipal water utility.

Earlier this year, he received national attention when he was forcibly ejected from a speech by White House correspondent April Ryan — an event he had been invited to cover by representatives of the organization that arranged the speech.

In the podcast conversation with SBN News Director and LMC Managing Partner Steve Lubetkin, Charlie talks about the experience and its implications for news coverage, and discusses the challenges facing hyperlocal news sites, including stable sources of financial support. New Brunswick Today got a boost in 2017 when “Full Frontal” TV host Samantha Bee interviewed Kratovil and supported his fund-raising efforts.


Charlie Kratovil’s Video of His Expulsion from April Ryan Speech

Charlie Kratovil’s Interview with Samantha Bee

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About the Author

Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at