When the Peekskill Herald weekly newspaper ceased publishing in August 2000 it was the first time in the history of the city that there wasn’t a local newspaper.  The award-winning weekly was often referred to as the ‘glue’ of the community. Founded on January 9, 1986 by Regina Clarkin, Kathy Daley and Rich Zahradnik with a $7,000 credit card line, the paper filled the void created when the daily Evening Star was sold to Gannett and moved out of town.

Founding publisher Regina Clarkin continued to live in the Peekskill Cortlandt area and turned her attention to other life endeavors.  Through the ensuing 19 years, Clarkin was frequently stopped in town and asked when she would start up the Herald again.

In January 2019, Clarkin decided it was less labor intensive to deliver a weekly blog than a print newspaper so she began posting one story a week about life in Peekskill. Peekskill Herald 2.0 is a digital relative of the former print edition, featuring many of the favorite aspects of the beloved Peekskill Herald such as old pictures, personality profiles and well written stories about newsworthy events.

Regina Clarkin is the publisher of the site and regularly writes stories. She can be reached at regina@peekskillherald.com


Photo by Joe Squillante


Jim Striebich, has been a self-described news junkie since his childhood in Buffalo, NY. He’s been a live events producer for nearly 25 years, but these days if he’s not putting on a show, he’s probably posting news items to his Peekskill-focused Twitter account.

During his fifteen years in New York City, Jim worked in the events business, owned his own production company, and ran a Brooklyn-focused blog called i’mnotsayin, i’mjustsayin.

Jim, his wife Christine, and their dog Lucy moved to Peekskill in 2015. They belong to the Peekskill NAACP and Peekskill Walks. Living downtown, they’re able to enjoy the city’s walkability, it’s restaurants and music scene, and the city’s waterfront.

Jim joined Regina Clarkin at the Peekskill Herald in October 2020 and has posted many articles to the blog. When he’s not Tweeting or chasing news for the Herald, he’s likely out hiking local trails or doing carpentry around the house.

Jim is the main reporter for Peekskill Herald and can be reached at jim@peekskillherald.com