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Thursday, February 23, 2017

About Us

What’sUpNewp is dedicated to covering all that’s happening, new and to do in Newport County through reporting, curating and aggregating. What’sUpNewp combines native content with  the most valuable content and information from local, regional and national media sources, our readers are the most well informed about Newport County.

What’sUpNetworks was founded in 2009 by Rob Ianelli with the launch of What’sUpMartha, a lifestyle site to keep people in the know of all that was happening. Soon after came the launch of  What’sUpStowe, What’sUpTucket, and in March of 2012, What’sUpNewp.

Ryan Belmore joined the What’sUpNetworks crew in December of 2012 and acquired the company from Rob in February of 2014, Belmore continues as this day as the sole owner and editor of the company.

The What’sUpNewp Crew:

Ryan Belmore – A life-long Rhode Islander, Belmore uses his diverse career and life opportunities to put a unique spin on the content that is created on both sites. Belmore grew up around firefighting and spent many years as a volunteer/paid First Responder in Coventry, later he went on to obtain a degree in Fire Science. In a completely random move, Belmore would go on to work for the New England Patriots for almost nine years, before “retiring” in 2010. Belmore has since hosted a radio talk show on AM 1540 WADK Newport, worked for the American Cancer Society and has been an active volunteer, donor and advocate for the American Cancer Society, St. Baldrick’s and many other non-profits. Belmore was the social media coordinator for the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover, he currently serves on the Board Of Directors for the Fort Adams Trust. Belmore can also be heard these days on Radio Newport 105.9FM.

Frank Prosnitz – Has spent a better part of his career in journalism, initially as a sports and news reporter in New Jersey for two years; for 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence Journal; and for a decade as editor of Providence Business News (PBN). During his tenure at PBN, Prosnitz was recognized as among the six best business weeklies in North America by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and twice he won SABEW’s best in business awards. Additionally, he has won investigative reporting and writing awards from the New England and Rhode Island Press Associations, and twice won Media Advocate of the Year from the Small Business Administration. Prosnitz has also operated his own public relations business, served as press secretary to the Rhode Island General Treasure and as communications manager for the Rhode Island Blood Center.

Tyler Bernadyn – Tyler is a local hospitality professional, bartending at Midtown Oyster Bar Wednesday through Sunday nights on the Burgee Bar and at Caleb & Broad on Monday nights. Tyler is a graduate of Providence College and a true Rhode Islander, born and bred.

Sarah McClutchy – Sarah graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Journalism, her work has been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and online sources.

Other Contributors Include: Jillian Tullgren, Bobby Forster, Sean McNeill, Patrick Murphy, Morgan Macia and Sarah Fimple.

Have a question for any member of the What’sUpNewp Crew? E-mail info@whatsupnewp.com

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