Letter – Reporter is above reproach

Published 5:06 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

Stephen Faleski is an excellent journalist with The Smithfield Times. Not long ago he was a most deserving recipient of many of the 24 awards for journalistic and advertising excellence given by the Virginia Press Association.

Recently he was accused by school board member Michael Vines of lying on him in an interview. Sometimes journalist articles can be “suspect,” however, this is not true of Stephen Faleski. I have always found Stephen’s interviews with integrity beyond reproach, to be honest and reporting precise. I have always referred him, knowing he’ll do the same for others.

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The Smithfield Times is lucky to have a journalist of his caliber.


Valerie Cofer Butler



Editor’s note: The Times typically does not publish letters from active political candidates between the qualifying deadline and the election. We made an exception in this case, as the letter pertains to a topic that is important to the newspaper and unrelated to the letter writer’s candidacy for the Smithfield Town Council.