Wandering Hartford metro reporter for @hartfordcourant. Former tabloid crime nightcrawler for @PhillyDailyNews. Someday I'll figure this out. vvella@courant.com

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I cover crime, police business and other late-night craziness for the Philadelphia Daily News. Drop me a line: vvella@philly.com.

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@Vellastrations — 2,129 followers, 4,785 tweets

Nov 15, 2017

@townnewsguy @TheSuzieHunter @KariVanHorn @heystevebishop It really is. I grew up deep in the heart of rural Pa. It quite literally is made from pig junk.

Nov 15, 2017

Multiple people in Hartford have asked me if I'm still alive. Yes, to the chagrin of some. Working on a big project with my boy @PatrickRaycraft. Should hit your devices next weekend. Stay tuned. https://t.co/cRty1ey8WI

Nov 15, 2017

@townnewsguy I wrote 3,500 words yesterday, and my brain is the consistency of oatmeal.

Nov 01, 2017

@dhm I didn't know I needed this knowledge, but I'm glad I have it.

Nov 01, 2017

@CloutPage I'd pay good money for a "Gar's Gourmet" weekly column. Maybe a video tutorial to go with it.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I wrote for the Times News of the booming metropolis that is Lehighton, Pa.

Have you ever used a typewriter?


How is social media changing news?

It's changing the way stories are "broken," and how we interact with our readers.