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 Whale Of A Tale

SALISBURY BEACH – Mike Paige was preparing to teach a business law course at Bentley College when he got a text last week from the Marine Mammal Rescue Team at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH, asking him if he could help a stranded mammal on the beach.  Paige,...

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Belleville Roots Concerts Are Back

NEWBURYPORT – It has been two years since the popular Irish band, Dervish, brought its brand of Irish pub music to the Belleville Congregational Church on High Street for local music lovers to clap, stomp and sing along.  That Pandemic-created void is about to end...

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Fire Destroys Beach Motel, Residences

SALISBURY BEACH – On the northern edge of the parking lot of the popular Pavilion events center, Michael’s Oceanfront Motel, an apartment house and three homes, were burned to the ground early Monday morning in a nine-alarm fire that brought firefighters from...

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Looking for a Home? Good Luck

REGIONAL – If you want to buy a home on the North Shore in 2022, two veteran Realtors have three words of advice: patience, persistence and most of all perseverance.  “Everything is cyclical,” said Katheryn O’Brien, who has sold more than 1,400 homes in her 35-year...

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Arts Collective Branding City as Cultural Hub

NEWBURYPORT – When Marc Clopton was living in California, he discovered the artistic community of Laguna Beach. The Pacific coastal town was hard to get to, but to Clopton’s surprise, people flocked there to enjoy its galleries, performing arts venues and museums. ...

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2022 Will Bring Changes

It’s January and time to turn our attention to a new Year that hopefully will be our third and final year of Covid. Keep your fingers crossed.  As we closed out 2021, so much was left for us to finish here on the beautiful North Shore.  In the economic growth...

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More Multi-Family Housing Coming

REGIONAL – The commonwealth thinks the answer to the housing shortage and climate change issues is to force communities to allow more apartments and condominiums to be built around mass transit stations.  “By allowing multifamily housing near transit, we can create...

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Historic Carousel Returning To The Beach

SALISBURY – For six decades of summers, families from throughout the East Coast flocked to the beach here to enjoy the sand, sun and crashing waves. But if asked what they remembered most about Salisbury Beach, many beachgoers would likely say the Broadway Flying...

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Foundation Pays Firefighter’s Mortgage

NEWBURYPORT — The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting first responders, veterans and their families, has paid in full the mortgage on the home of fallen Newburyport Firefighter Brett Burkinshaw. Firefighter...

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Help Design a New Skate Park

SALISBURY – Calling all skateboarders. Whether you prefer to skate on street plazas, fly around bowls, jump ramps or race through pipes, the town of Salisbury’s Parks and Recreation Commission would like to hear from you about your skating preferences as it plans a...

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