Communities 4 Action Presents Leslie Yager with Media Champion Award

Leslie Yager, Greenwich Free Press, media champion award, Communities 4 Action

Stephanie Paulmeno, Leslie Yager, Ingrid Gillespie and Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Commissioner, the CT Commissioner for the Dept of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Credit Hannah Karlan

Leslie Yager, founder and editor of Greenwich Free Press, received the Media Champion Award from the board of Communities 4 Action (C4A) on Monday for her outstanding work in journalism as well as her dedication to covering issues of public health and safety in the Greenwich area.

“Leslie Yager was the recipient of Communities 4 Action’s Media Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon her in recognition of her continuous media support of the mission of Communities 4 Action in that she has kept public attention focused on public safety and public health education on the topics of alcohol, tobacco & other drugs, problem gambling, suicide, & on helping people to recognize and to live with mental illness, as well as for her outstanding articles and professional news series coverage of the scope, prevalence and personal impact of these life-devastating issues in our communities.” – Stephanie R. Paulmeno, Chairman of C4A, & Ingrid Gillespie, Executive Director

Communities 4 Action is a regional prevention initiative of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services that works closely with the Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, and New Canaan communities in order to address issues of substance abuse and the challenges of mental illness.

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On Monday, the group held its 11th annual meeting and gave a report of its successes and projects of the last year. The program highlighted issues of alcohol and drug abuse among teenagers, and focused on the rapidly growing trend known as vaping.

Stephanie Paulmeno, chairman of Communities 4 Action, championed Yager’s passion and dedication to journalism, and noted Yager’s ability to “put a human touch on her stories.”

Upon accepting her award, Yager thanked Communities 4 Action and discussed the unique qualities of Greenwich Free Press.

“These are great stories to cover,” she said. “I create my own content, and I know exactly what people are reading because of Google Analytics. Another things that makes Greenwich Free Press unique is that I happen to be a woman, and in Greenwich, there aren’t any woman reporters left. I’m also a mom and live in the community that I report on.

See also: Greenwich Police and Stamford Teen Warn about Vaping: Blackened Tongues, Exploding Devices



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  • Sarah Darer Littman

    Well deserved!!!

    • greenwichfreepress

      Thank you!!!

  • Jodi Weisz

    Leslie Yager is a champion of Intellectual Freedom, Equal Opportunity, Civic Engagement and mentorship.

    I predict many, many more awards to come for Leslie and, our community, because of her vision, work ethic and compassion.

    Congratulations, Leslie! You have put Central Greenwich on the map and have shown us all how one individual can make a community connected, responsive and engaged.

    Thank you for your service!

  • Elaine

    Way to go Leslie!
    You earned earned it!!

  • a reader

    Leslie is especially courageous for providing much needed information to the Greenwich community about heroin issues.

    Bravo, Leslie! Keep up your great work!

  • achris von Keyserling

    Leslie, YEH! You deserve such recognition for your dogged determination to cover the real news in Greenwich. You are tireless, thorough, and unrelenting.
    Thank you,
    Chris vK

  • Charlie Juergens

    Leslie really champions the “Little Guy” in Greenwich with her investigative reporting and dogged determination. So happy Leslie is being recognized for her efforts, no one deserves it more.

  • Charlie

    Sorry, I honestly didn’t mean to copy the comments of the other person who posted. Just wanted to say you’re great!

  • Vin DiMarco

    Congrats, Leslie. In celebration of your recognition, thank you for keeping it “Free”, with unbiased, uninfluenced reporting. It has been a breath of fresh air for individuals and neighborhoods throughout Greenwich. Everyone knows how hard you work at it, and you still manage to be delightful. Much appreciated!

  • Leslie Perry

    Congratulation Leslie! So well deserved. Leslie Yager is dedicated to covering all of the news in Greenwich and works to provide comprehensive reporting. Her report of the mold issues in the public housing, notices about landmark houses in Greenwich being torn down, coverage of school issues, and many other items are phenomenal. This award is very well deserved!!

  • Jeannine Madoff

    Congratulations Leslie! You deserve it!