The Patent Trader, a local institution, is long gone along with its editors and writers. One writer, Eugene Driscoll, covered Mount Kisco and surrounding towns from May 1998 to September 2003. Eugene was a dedicated journalist that would work hard to get to the heart of the story. He also covered difficult stories that required investigation.
After leaving The Patent Trader, Eugene went to work for The News-Times in Danbury. Between 2003 and 2008, he received nine reporting awards from the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his work at The News-Times of Danbury. He was the first online editor in the history of The News-Times. His most recent reporting awards came in 2008, when he won first place — and honorable mention — for Web-based, breaking news coverage.
Eugene is now the editor for the Valley Independent Sentinel, a non-profit, online-only news site dedicated to Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton in Connecticut. The Valley Independent Sentinel’s website is http://valleyindependentsentinel.org/