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Monday, December 02, 2013

Derailment: Staples Grad is Voice of MTA

It’s been a tough day for Aaron Donovan, the 1994 Staples High School graduate who has been all over the airwaves today as the spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on the Bronx, N.Y. derailment.

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Aaron Donovan: “Today was the toughest day Metro-North has ever faced.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The native Westporter got his journalism start on Inklings, the Staples newspaper, and then went on to Georgetown where he graduated in 1998. 

A six-year stint followed at The New York Times, where one of his important responsibilities included writing the daily page 2 “Inside the Times” news summary and corrections. He joined the MTA in 2007 after studying urban planning at Columbia.

“I grew up in Greens Farms, where my parents still live,” said Donovan in between fielding press inquiries on the derailment. “Our house is next to the Metro-North tracks, and I was definitely a young rail buff before becoming an employee.”

As for today’s pressure-filled activities, he said: “Today was the toughest day Metro-North has ever faced. Today’s were the first passenger fatalities in the railroad’s history.”

He said his colleagues made his job a lot easier.

“Every last member of the press office came in today regardless of what they were doing or had planned, or what their normal responsibilities are,” Donovan said.

Asked his age for this story, he replied: “I am 38 as of midnight.” Surely a birthday he will long remember.

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Posted 12/02/13 at 04:20 AM  Permalink



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