About me

I joined the Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y., in January of 2001 as a copy editor for the News department. In 2004, I started working for the Life department and became editor of the section soon thereafter.
I was named Editor of the Year in January 2006 by the Suburban Newspapers Association of America (now Local Media Association) and subsequently won two awards by the same organization in 2008 for  Best Arts and Entertainment Criticism/Commentary and Best Headline.
I had a role in Las Noticias, once the Freeman’s Spanish weekly newspaper.
I am the editor of Preview, the Freeman’s weekly entertainment magazine, which won an honorable mention by the SNA in 2009 for best entertainment magazine. And I’ve edited special sections like Your Wedding, Home and Garden and Health and Fitness.
My other blog won second place in 2010 and first place in 2011 in the New York Associated Press writing contest. And I won first place in the 2011 and 2012 AP contests for online content for my work with the Freeman, as well as a third place for Column Writing in 2011.
I was chosen as one of the 25 under 35 journalists in the country by Editor & Publisher in 2011. I was promoted to engagement editor for the east region of Digital First Media in February 2012 and stayed in that role until 2015. I was born in Lima, Peru, and I’ve been living in the Hudson Valley since 1996. Today, I live in Kingston.

This is how you pronounce Ivan Lajara.



A landscape test of Facebook Spaces, now with more, uh, space
September 14, 2017
It's not every day when one gets excited about being able to do video horizontally, but that's just what was recently upgraded on Facebook Spaces, so I took it for another spin. The also add...
Making space for Facebook Spaces
August 17, 2017
An early test of the new live-stream function within Facebook Spaces, which I've previously explored.   
A Facebook live stream of Facebook Spaces for Oculus Rift
April 27, 2017
Here's a quick tour of "Facebook Spaces" on Oculus Rift.