Mrs. Ailes comes to the papers after a successful career in broadcasting. She is a 20-year veteran of NBC News, CNBC, and America's Talking, the forerunner of MSNBC. In 2008, she brought her intensity of journalistic focus to The Putnam County News & Recorder as publisher, and in 2009 she took on the same role for The Putnam County Courier. In addition, Mrs. Ailes has continued the newspapers' strong civic involvement, and has expanded their charitable efforts. Those include scholarships for worthy local students.
Mrs. Ailes began her career at NBC News Radio and NBC News after graduating with a B.S. Degree in Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. She was the first producer hired at CNBC and part of a 3-person team responsible for launching the network in April 1989. Mrs. Ailes later became Director of Business Programming at CNBC, before becoming Vice President of Programming at America’s Talking, the predecessor to MSNBC.
Mrs. Ailes is the owner of the Hudson Valley Freedom Press, where she publishes the 147-year-old Putnam County News & Recorder, which hits newsstands on Wednesdays; and the Putnam County Courier, New York State's oldest, continually published weekly, established in 1841 and available every Thursday.