Steve Iwanski, the founder of Charter Books, will join the What’s Up Newp Crew for a conversation on Friday, December 18 at 11 am.

Charter Books, which has become the sponsor of our ongoing Authors’ Series, is slated to open at 8 Broadway in early 2021. In the meantime, they are offering online shopping with free local delivery, in-store pick up, and shipping. Visit www.charterbookstore.com to shop and to learn more.

Tune in for the conversation and hear about Steve’s background, his passion for books, and what plans he has for the store!

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.