Originally From: Linden, NJ
Birthday: February 14
• Bio: Born and raised in Union County, N.J. and editor of Summit Patch. Camilo H. Smith has over 10 years of journalism experience in print and online publications. He spent seven years as a copy editor and contributing writer at the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in Paid Content, MSNBC.com, The Newark Star-Ledger, latimes.com, Reader's Digest, Latina magazine and various music publications. He's a graduate of Brandeis University and most recently Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied digital journalism.
Camilo was a freelancer for New Brunswick Patch, where he covered local businesses.
Before working full-time for Patch, he was a student at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism where he concentrated in digital journalism and focused on hyper-local reporting and immigration issues. He began his journalism career as a reporting intern at the Newark Star-Ledger. He followed that experience by working as a copy editor at Long Island Newsday and ventured west to work at the Los Angeles Times as a copy editor for several years.
His favorite things about N.J. in no particular order: Wildwoods, the mall and South Mountain Reservation.
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I don't hold any particular party affiliation. I find truths on both the conservative and liberal sides of the coin.
How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious?
I'm casually spiritual. I was raised Catholic and attended a Catholic high school in Newark, N.J. I earned my bachelor's degree from a predominantly Jewish university.
Local Hot Button Issues
What do you think are the two or three most important issues facing the community?
County taxes, parking and downtown businesses.
• Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I work to report fairly on these issues and continue to look and read what the community and city officials have to say about them.