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July 10, 2013

Reporter joins The Daily Star staff

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The newest reporter at The Daily Star, 25-year-old Bera Dunau, said “a love of writing for a living” and “wanting to serve the public interest” attracted him into the profession. He started in the position Tuesday. It had been held by Richard Whitby, who left to pursue other interests May 27. Dunau will also be doing copy editing.

He is  living with his parents on the Tompkins farm where he grew up, but is planning on moving to Oneonta. He said still has a lot of friends and other connections in the area. Among his interests are writing — he is a novelist and screenwriter — as well as fishing and running.

He had worked as a general assignment staff reporter at the Berkshire Beacon in Lenox, Mass., from May 2011 until moving to The Daily Star.

“When I looked at different areas to move to in taking the next step in my career, Oneonta and The Daily Star stood out,” Dunau said Tuesday. It also gives him a chance to be closer to family.

Daily Star Editor Sam Pollak said Tuesday he was pleased Dunau has joined the reporting staff. “In a relatively short time, Bera has accumulated a wealth of experience in reporting on things that matter to people in their daily lives. While his main beats will be health care and business, his overall ability and enthusiasm will be serve him well on a wide range of stories that I’m certain will serve our readers well.”

Dunau said he was looking forward to meeting that need by “by reporting the news to the best of my ability and making sure everyone has a chance to be heard.”

He was home-schooled and graduated in 2010 from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., with a Bachelor of Arts.