Who We Are

Michael J. Ballway

Managing Editor

Michael Ballway joined the staff of the Agawam Advertiser News in October 2014, continuing a decade-long career in community journalism. He began as a reporter in Central Massachusetts, including a year at the daily Southbridge Evening News. He won regional press awards for transportation writing as editor of the Woburn Advocate in 2007, and for headline writing as editor of the Times & Courier of Clinton in 2008. He most recently served as a page designer and design team leader for GateHouse Media, and as a news correspondent for the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester. Michael is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he double-majored in history and religious studies. In addition to spending time with his wife and two children, he enjoys reading, classic movies, listening to music, ice skating and skiing.

Mike Lydick

Mike Lydick, a Southwick native and longtime Feeding Hills resident, has been writing for the Agawam Advertiser News since August 2011. He's a regular presence at Agawam School Committee meetings, also covering school and nonprofit events through both stories and photography. Before retiring, he worked for 35 years at the Connecticut Education Association as managing editor of its monthly magazine, CEA Advisor. Since he began writing for the Advertiser News, he says, "I've gotten to know Agawam much better than I did before, even though I've lived here 37 years." In particular, he was introduced to the Relay for Life, which he continues to support as a volunteer, through an assignment for the newspaper. Mike attended Holyoke Community College and American International College. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, reading, gardening and classic cars. He lives in Feeding Hills with his wife Dee and three cats, Jasmine, Jubilee and Bowtie Bert.

JohnJohn Baskin
Sales Associate

John has been with Turley Publications since 2006. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in 2004 and went on to earn his master’s degree from Antioch University in Keene, N.H. in 2006. While not a resident of this town, Baskin considers Agawam his “adopted home” and thoroughly enjoys his job as sales representative. Having grown up in a family-owned hardware business, he feels he understands the wants and needs of the small business owner. He and his wife, Maryanne, reside in Easthampton with their son, Wyatt.


TeriTeri Machia
Office Manager

Teri has been with the Agawam Advertiser News for 26 years. According to Machia, “What began as a part-time job for a stay-at-home mom with two children, evolved into a great opportunity to meet many wonderful people and work at a paper that I have great affection for.” Born and raised in Springfield, she and her husband Allen have been residents of Feeding Hills for 38 years. They have two children, Selena and Jeff.


Peter Spotts

Peter Spotts of Belchertown graduated Graduated Summa Cum Laude from of Western New England University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, concentration in Journalism in May 2015. He is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration. He has worked as a freelance reporter, worked for Reminder Publications, MassLive/Springfield Republican, and worked at the Belchertown Sentinel, a Turley Publication.
He also did an internship with Garvey Communications Associates, Inc., aired reports for WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, did an internship with the Springfield Republican in the Sports Department, wrote stories for print and MASSLIVE.com.
In the past he has volunteered with the Belchertown Recreation Department, Belchertown, refereeing elementary and middle school basketball games. He's volunteeered at the Clapp Memorial Libary, and and at the Western New England University's Office of Information Technology. And he has volunteered at the Stone House Museum in Belchertown, organizing and reviewing historical accounts pertaining to the Civil War.
He has also earned a wealth of sports and academic achievements.