Diane has more than 25 years experience in journalism. As a staff writer at the Star-Ledger she focused on local reporting, covering government and politics in Essex and Middlesex County. For more than a decade Ms. Walsh was assigned also to the Essex County courthouse, providing daily coverage of sensational trials, like the precedent-setting Margaret Kelly Michaels' nursery school abuse case and the brutal Glen Ridge sexual assault with a baseball bat. In 2005 she was named Star-Ledger Bureau Reporter of the Year in recognition of the in-depth coverage of Middlesex, especially its mighty Democratic Party. That same year when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for its breaking news coverage of former Gov. James McGreevey's resignation, Ms. Walsh contributed by interviewing his old friend and mentors, adding local perspective to the stunning announcement of his departure due to a gay love affair with a former aide. Since leaving the Star-Ledger, Ms. Walsh joined the staff of state Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, the Republic Whip, working as his press secretary. Ms. Walsh is a graduate of New York University. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, she was born and raised in Union City and now lives with her husband and son in Westfield.