Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, was welcomed onto the Amateur Radio Newsline team in the summer of 2015 with the blessing of Bill Pasternak shortly before his passing. She is a print journalist who never gave up on radio. It took her more than half a lifetime to finally get that entry-level ticket (she’d studied for, but never took, the Novice exam at age 12). A few weeks after becoming a Technician in the summer of 2014 she upgraded to General and went binge-buying for a modest but respectable starter ham shack. (The binge-buying continues). Her newspaper career began in New York’s Hudson Valley shortly following a very brief, but highly amusing, stint as a radio advertising copywriter/producer for a small market station in suburban Long Island, N.Y. She later moved to New York City for the then-new urban upstart daily, New York Newsday, covering city and state politics and small business, and other local stories. When the paper was shut by the Times-Mirror Corp. in 1995, she transferred to Newsday’s Long Island edition, eventually becoming a Sunday feature columnist before moving over to the news desk, where she now edits copy for the daily paper and as well as its website.
Ah yes, about those squirrels: Caryn has been a New York State licensed wildlife rehabilitator since 1996, and you can guess which animal she specializes in. She and her husband, Rod Eyer, a graphic designer, also share their home with Ziggy, a rescued Shih-Tzu, and a few miles down the road, Caryn spends some of the best parts of her day with Grigio, her handsome dapple-gray quarter horse.
Her lifelong association with animals has landed her the distinctive status of being a vegetarian ham.