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Gordon Thomas Ward - An author, singer-songwriter, presenter, and radio host Gordon has been a regular contributor to The BRJ for many years with his series of essays and photos titled "Meanderings," which relate captivating, reflective views of the world around us.  Gordon has worked as a ministry programs director, a teacher, and a teambuilding facilitator. His works aside from the The BRJ, include songs, books, speeches, articles, poetry, and a keen interest in researching ghosts and hauntings. Tune in to Gordon's radio show, These Days, on WDVR 89.7 FM and, every Monday from 5 - 6 p.m. Visit


James Holland - A life-long fisherman and devoted conservationist, Jim Holland brings a dual perspective to The BRJ in his regular column, “What’s Hatching,” which blends his fly-fishing knowledge and advice with the importance of river conservation as seen through the eyes of a sportsman. A Delbarton and Rutgers University graduate, Jim is also a History, Economics, and Financial Literacy teacher at Villa Walsh Academ. A recent recipient of the “Ken Lockwood River Hero Award,” Jim and his colleagues at Shannon’s Fly & Tackle have garnered numerous honorsincluding being named the nation's first "Gold Endorsed Business" from Trout Unlimited. visit

Christian “C.G.” Wolfe, Senior Writer/Editor – Digging up the past is what our senior writer and editor, C.G. Wolfe, enjoys most and he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to bringing our readers the fascinating heritage and folklore that has drawn a loyal fan base of like-minded history lovers to The BRJ since our first issue, in 1999. But as the BRJ’s “utility player,” Chris brings his fun and readable style to a wide range of topics with equal passion and enthusiasm, and is also the creative force behind the magazine’s lay-out and design.

Susan Pedersen - Susan has been a contributing photographer, as well as a featured artist in The BRJ, since 2013. A native of Chester, NJ, her other talents include pen and ink drawings, watercolor, pastel, and most recently wearable Textile Art. Susan appreciates all types of photography, especially macro, capturing the simple and small things in nature the eye might miss, and has a passion for sharing her work with others so that they might see the beauty of her subjects in a new light. Susan can often be found capturing the traditions and flavor of The Essex Fox Hounds, for which she earned a Silver Award from the Art Directors Club of New Jersey in 2010.

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celebrating a sense of place

The Black River Journal is an award-winning, quarterly publication that celebrating the best of what makes our area of New Jersey the unique and special place that it is. For almost 20 years, The BRJ has been entertaining and informing a wide-range of delighted readers throughout select communities in Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties, who find common ground in their love for the boroughs, towns, and villages we call home. Each issue of The BRJ is bursting with articles exploring history, culture, art, horticulture, agriculture, conservation, sporting life, recreation, food, fun, community events, personalities, distinct places, and more… Elegant in design, folksy in feel, and highly readable, we are the hyper-local, insider’s guide to our region.

​​Lee Wolfe, Publisher/Founder – With roots in our region that reach as far back as the late 17th century, Lee Wolfe brings generations of love and respect for our area of New Jersey to the magazine she created.  Debuting as a 20-page black and white newsletter with a handful of local readers in 1999, The BRJ has evolved into a respected and highly entertianing magazine reaching thousands of eager followers under her leadership and vision. As “juggler-in-chief” Lee has her hands in all-aspects of The BRJ’s creation, from ad sales and number crunching to content, editing and design.