last newspaper manFREEHOLD, NJ - As part of its Historically Speaking lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association is pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize finalist and Star-Ledger Columnist Mark Di Ionno who will give a thought-provoking talk about the role of the media and how reporting has devolved to create the crime-saturated and celebrity-obsessed media we have today.   The talk will be held on Sunday, August 25 at Carlton Station located at 2 Monmouth Avenue in Freehold, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. 


Learn about fascinating real-life events that took place in New Jersey in the 1920s and 30s, which lead to the birth of tabloid journalism, and how Charles Lindbergh became the first "celebrity" to be hounded by the press. Although Di Ionno's new book is fiction, "The Last Newspaperman" explores the real roots of tabloid journalism where it was born, in New Jersey. The book takes us to Hopewell in 1932 where the infant son of Charles Lindbergh has just been kidnapped.  The story then moves to Lakehurst, where the Hindenburg burst into flames as it was docking, and onto the Jersey shore as the Morro Castle was burning and sinking at Asbury Park.

Mark Di Ionno is a lifetime newspaperman and a four-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association's first-place award for column writing for The Star-Ledger.  Besides his work as columnist and author, he is also an adjunct professor of journalism at his alma-mater Rutgers Newark, the State University of New Jersey.  Di Ionno is also the author of three award-winning nonfiction books about New Jersey.   His book "The Last Newspaper Man" will be available for purchase.

Dr. Di Ionno's lecture is open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments will be served. 

Carlton Station is accessible for persons with disabilities.  If there are any special needs that require accommodation, please contact the Association at 732-462-1466 x16 within 24 hours of the presentation.


Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Association's Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey.  Museum hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesday through Saturday.  For membership or admission fees and further information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at

Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the

New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.