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.

When Sewage Flows Down the River

MERRIMACK VALLEY – Warm weather is coming, and boaters, yacht owners, kayakers, dogs and ducks must again contend with raw sewage floating down the Merrimack River. While the fight up and down the river to rid it of untreated sewage is limping along, the city of...

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Local Banks in Strong Shape

REGIONAL – As the federal and state government take steps to protect regional banks from the current crisis, North Shore banks issued statements to reassure depositors that all is well. “With unsettling financial headlines dominating the news recently, I want to...

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Nurses Picket Anna Jaques

NEWBURYPORT – The Massachusetts Nurses Assn. (MNA) joined city and state leaders on the picket line at Anna Jaques Hospital (AJH) Thursday afternoon, protesting for better salaries, more staff and resources at the community hospital. Anna Jaques and the MNA have a...

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The Pink House on Glass

NEWBURY – The Pink House, standing alone on a narrow plot of land next to the Great Marsh, may be the most photographed and painted structure in New England. There is even a Pink House clothing line. And now, the well-known image of the house with its checkered past...

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Tennis, Pickleball Players Learning to Co-Exist

NEWBURYPORT – For much of its five-year history here, pickleball seemed like a Nor’easter brewing as tennis players, neighbors of pickleball courts and even the Pioneer League of baseballers and softballers at Lower Atkinson Common wished this new game would go back...

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Ready for St. Paddy’s Month?

REGIONAL – Why celebrate St. Patrick’s Day only one day a year? How about all month long, beginning this weekend? The Belleville Roots Music Series is opening St. Paddy’s Month this Sunday, March 5, “a wee bit early,” the concert series announcement said, with the...

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Making Pirate Booty

AMESBURY – On the second floor of CI Works, which houses dozens of small manufacturing firms, Charles Doyle can be found in a well-lit room, surrounded by history books and strange-looking machines, replicating ancient coins from Biblical, Roman and Greek times. A new...

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