Stewart Lytle

Stewart Lytle is the lead reporter for The Town Common newspaper. Before joining The Town Common, he was a national correspondent for Scripps-Howard Newspapers in Washington, D.C., covering the Pentagon and Congress. He has also written for newspapers in Dallas, TX, and Birmingham, AL.

As a national reporter for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain, Stewart wrote the inside story on military life of soldiers and sailors and their families. He landed on aircraft carriers, experienced oxygen deprivation for high-altitude flight training and crawled through the mud with Marine snipers.

One of his proudest achievements outside of journalism was assisting USAA Chairman Robert McDermott in securing federal legislation that mandated air bags in vehicles.

Stewart is also a novelist and has written non-fiction books. He is currently working on a non-fiction book and screenplay about an incident that occurred in Boston.

His first novel, Iron City Conspiracy, explores power in a city. It features a black newspaper editor solving the bombing of a historic black church in a tough Alabama town.

Following in the footsteps of his idol, Ernest Hemingway, Stewart has completed a new novel about a love affair in the midst of the Spanish Civil War. The book, Montserrat, is based on a true story and has been made into a screenplay that will become an international feature film.

A graduate of Phillips Academy and Princeton University, Stewart lives with his wife, Mary, in Newburyport.

Read to Win

TOPSFIELD – Reading has its rewards. The Topsfield Fair, Fiesta Shows and The International Association of Fairs and Expositions this summer promoted a ‘Read and Win’ program with at 32 libraries in Essex, Middlesex counties and southern New Hampshire. For each...

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Gateway Land For Sale

NEWBURYPORT – As you sit waiting your turn to enter the traffic rotary that links downtown and the Gillis Bridge over the Merrimack River in the city’s north end, have you wondered what are those houses and brick buildings off to east? With its unspectacular houses...

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With a Bright Future, Link House Changes Leaders

REGIONAL – When Dr. Gary Gastman became the executive director for Link House nine years ago, it had an annual budget of $1 million, and as he described the major mental health services provider, it had “good bones,” but needed “some improvements.” On Oct. 20, when...

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Sip a Pumpkin Beer, Listen to Classic Rock

TOPSFIELD -- If you enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts’ spice coffee, you may want to try True North Ale Co.’ Topsfield Fair Giant Pumpkin Ale in the Topsfield Fair’s Beer Garden, especially while listening to the classic rock sounds of Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas and special...

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Hot Sauce Helps Oceans

HAMPTON, NH – New England Hot Sauce Fest weathered the threat of storms this summer to raise more than $12,000 to help environmental groups’ fight to protect New England’s seacoast and ocean. The festival, produced by Gabe DiSaverio, owner of the Spicy Shark sauces...

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Conservation Commission Battle Gets Hotter

GEORGETOWN – The Board of Selectmen called a special meeting last week to consider ousting Carl Shreder as chair of the town’s Conservation Commission for sarcastic comments he made about using Town Hall as a fire suppression exercise. Select board member Douglas...

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Fighting Climate Change Locally

REGIONAL – If climate change and new weather patterns were not already top of mine, the city of Newburyport plans to make sure residents of all ages on the North Shore are aware of ways they can help reduce the impact of rising seas, hurricanes and storms. With almost...

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Students To Learn ‘In the Shay Way’

AMESBURY — In a “just in case letter,” Amesbury High School graduate Sgt. Jordan Shay asked that his family and friends to create a scholarship fund for students who “want to make a difference in the world.” After his battlefield death 30 miles north of Baghdad during...

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LaFrance Recognized as Heroine

IPSWICH -- Lori LaFrance is no stranger to being recognized by prestigious national organizations for her work on environmental issues with students at Ipswich High School. LaFrance, who has been teaching science for 17 years to mostly juniors and seniors, was one of...

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