NewsGuild Professional Staff
JOSH AUSTIN is the Guild's communications director. Josh comes to us from the Actors' Equity Association (A.E.A.), where he was the interim national director of communications as well as the publication/website content editor. While working for Equity, Josh created a quarterly, glossy magazine as well as an online news portal, providing the union (for the first time) timely content. With a background in journalism, Josh earned his BA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in professional writing/English and his master's from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in arts journalism.
KARI BIENIAS, an organizer, comes to the Guild from the Print, Publishing and Media Workers Sector of CWA, most recently as the organizing director, building its program from the ground up. She formerly served CWA Local 14156 in several elected positions including Vice-President and as its staff representative and organizer. She received her masters in labor studies from the UMASS Labor Center.
BETTINA DAMIANI joined the Guild as a Local Representative after working for over a dozen years leading Good Jobs New York, a corporate subsidy accountability organization. During her tenure, the organization provided research and analyses to the Guild about New York’s allocation of taxpayer subsidies to New York City’s media industry. Bettina is an adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies where she teaches public policy courses. She received her BA in Communication and Peace Studies from Manhattan College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. She is also a recipient of the 2006-2007 Revson Fellowship at Columbia University. She represents The Daily Beast, Kaplan, Time Inc., The Nation, Roosevelt Institute and Jacobin Magazine.
ROBERT DARAIO became a Local Representative at The Newspaper Guild of New York in August 2012, following a six-month stint as the union's Mobilization Coordinator. He negotiates and administers Guild contracts at JTA/70 Faces Media, The Foreign Policy Association, The Forward, The Hour, The Nation, The Jersey Journal, WPIX and Hudson News.
Robert serves on the NYC Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, the Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body and the New York Broadcast Trades Council, where he is the recording secretary.
After a 22-year career as a freelance camera, robotics, video, audio and videotape technician, Robert joined Tribune’s flagship television station, WPIX, in 1999 and stayed through June 2010. In 2002, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored him for his video and robotic camera work on the Emmy Award-winning WB11 News At 10.
Robert served as an IBEW Local 1212 shop steward during his years at WPIX. Earlier in his career, he served on the executive boards of IATSE Local 644 and NABET Local 15.
Robert earned an MA in Labor Studies in June 2011 from the CUNY Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.
Robert served two terms on the Board of Trustees and Police Commissioners of the Village of Ossining, N.Y., where he lives with his wife Gayle, an IATSE Local 764 wardrobe supervisor. He is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain, member of Flotilla 16-07 USCG Auxiliary, Social Media Coordinator for Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, and is a Fire Police Officer in the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department.
SUSAN DeCARAVA started as a Local Representative in December 2008. She comes from the Writers Guild of America, East, where she served as Unit Chair for two years and was instrumental in organizing that unit. Before Al Jazeera America ceased operations, she represented journalists there and negotiated their transition agreements. Currently, she represents members at Thomson Reuters, El Diario, Standard & Poor's and LAW360.
NASTARAN MOHIT worked as an organizer for the Guild beginning in 2012 on a project by project basis, notably helping Kaplan ESL teachers gain a contract and Guild representation. In 2015 she was hired full time as the Guild's Organizing Director, overseeing internal and external organizing.
ANTHONY NAPOLI came to the Local from The New York Times in February 2006. He currently serves as the Local Representative for The New York Times, Amsterdam News, Kaplan, Consumer Reports and Writers Guild. He also served as the local treasurer, which is an elected position.
Prior to his job at the Local, Anthony served as the Grievance Chair of the Times unit for three years, was elected as the unit’s First Vice Chairperson and as an Executive Board member.
Anthony was hired by the newspaper on April l, 1986, as a pot-washer in the company cafeteria. Two years later, he stepped up to a delivery clerk position in the receiving department, and became a shop steward. He was promoted in 1996 as an advertising production representative in the customer order fulfillment. He won a technical merit award from The Times for creating and implementing a process for posting web ads in the newspaper.
Anthony attended what was then C.W. Post College (now Long Island University), majoring in business management.
BARBARA NATUSCH is a local representative assigned full time to the New York Times unit. Barbara worked in The Times’ Publishing Distribution Center (PDC) for almost 14 years, beginning in 2003, handling pre-press production, advertising design, page finishing and other responsibilities. With CWA Local 14156, which represents PDC employees, she served as an officer, an executive committee member and as part of the Times' bargaining committee, among other union roles. She has been part of the public relations team with Toastmasters District 46, which includes New York's five boroughs, Westchester and Long Island.