Amy Nicole Tangel


Amy Nicole Tangel is a journalist, author, playwright and founder of, The Human Interest Story. In 2017 she published children’s book, Buster’s Backpack Adventure and in 2020 she released memoir, Hello Sunshine: A caregiver’s unexpected journey of love and loss. As a freelance journalist, her roots began with the former East Hampton Patch from 2010 to 2012 and as calendar editor of events from Bridgehampton to Montauk summer season of 2012. After her time with Patch, she was often in search for news outlets available to her who had room for human interest stories. Her passion for telling stories of inspiring and extraordinary people gave her the vision to create her own path and share the opportunity with other fellow journalists who had stories to tell. With the ever-changing times of what is considered thought provoking news and being limited by hyper-local proximities, The Human Interest Story was created.

Nicole Fuentes


Nicole Fuentes is an award-winning journalist and the first Executive Editor of all five publications at the Long Island Advance.

She started her career at the Long Island Advance back in 2011 as an intern. Since then, she has worked her way up as the New York Press Association intern, the weekend reporter, staff reporter and now, the Executive Editor.

In 2015, she graduated cum laude with her bachelor’s in communications from Hofstra University. Upon graduation, she was hired to the LI Advance as a full-time reporter and soon asked to take over as editor in 2016. A few years ago, she also took over the Advance’s sister papers The Suffolk County News and The Islip Bulletin as Executive Editor, in addition to the Tri-Hamlet News and The Tide of the Moriches.

Nicole and her husband Paul have three children Quinn, Ivy, and Millie. Nicole is also currently studying for her Masters in Journalism at Kent State University. 

Molly Altizer


Molly Altizer is a professional journalist and professor of journalism at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, where she worked for over 20 years. Her former students have worked at The Washington Post, The New York Times, People Magazine, Long Island 12 News, USA Today, The Long Island Advance, Patch.com, NBC News, CNN, Fox News and The Billings Gazette.
Altizer’s articles have appeared in Beacon Broadside, The Long Island Advance, The Tuscaloosa News, Zero to Three Magazine and St. Joseph’s College Alumni Magazine. Along with reporting, she has served as a judge in writing competitions for The National Association of Women Journalists, The NY Times, and The University Interscholastic League Press Conference. She has edited a number of publications including “Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All American Town,” by Mirta Ojito, and “The Rock and Roll Encyclopedia” by Dr. Maury Dean. She holds the Gold Key from Columbia Scholastic Press Association for her work in scholastic journalism.

Hailey Tangel

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