Stewart Lytle

Stewart Lytle is the lead reporter for The Town Common newspaper. Before joining The Town Common, he was a national correspondent for Scripps-Howard Newspapers in Washington, D.C., covering the Pentagon and Congress. He has also written for newspapers in Dallas, TX, and Birmingham, AL.

As a national reporter for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain, Stewart wrote the inside story on military life of soldiers and sailors and their families. He landed on aircraft carriers, experienced oxygen deprivation for high-altitude flight training and crawled through the mud with Marine snipers.

One of his proudest achievements outside of journalism was assisting USAA Chairman Robert McDermott in securing federal legislation that mandated air bags in vehicles.

Stewart is also a novelist and has written non-fiction books. He is currently working on a non-fiction book and screenplay about an incident that occurred in Boston.

His first novel, Iron City Conspiracy, explores power in a city. It features a black newspaper editor solving the bombing of a historic black church in a tough Alabama town.

Following in the footsteps of his idol, Ernest Hemingway, Stewart has completed a new novel about a love affair in the midst of the Spanish Civil War. The book, Montserrat, is based on a true story and has been made into a screenplay that will become an international feature film.

A graduate of Phillips Academy and Princeton University, Stewart lives with his wife, Mary, in Newburyport.

A Great Spot for Reading

GEORGETOWN — On one of her frequent visits to the Georgetown Peabody Library, Jane Fields overheard a student asking for a copy of the Iliad, only to be told that the library had none. She returned to her home on North Street and found in her attic a copy of Homer’s...

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Ipswich Mill Strike to be Honored

IPSWICH – On June 10, 1913, Nicholetta Paudelopoulou was walking home from her shift, working at a hosiery mill in downtown Ipswich. At Estes Street, the 27-year-old encountered a large crowd of mostly Greek and Polish workers, protesting for a 20 percent wage hike. ...

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Location, Location, Location

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Singing For Peace

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Sea View Retreat Likely to Close

ROWLEY – Sea View Retreat, which has been caring for elderly clients for 67 years, is likely to close within two weeks, owner and operator Steven Comley II said Monday. “We’ve been hanging on with one finger,” Comley said. Blaming the lack of support and constantly...

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