Bruno runs the day-to-day operations of Jaffe Communications, responsible for budgeting, planning, business development and managing and developing staff.
Prior to joining Jaffe in July 2009, Bruno worked for nearly two decades at daily newspapers, getting to know New Jersey intimately while working in seven counties and covering news events large and small throughout the state.
Like the old joke about New Jersey, Bruno's career in newspapers can pretty much be summed up with the question: "What exit?"
He started his career at Exit 13 of the NJ Turnpike as a business reporter for the The Daily Journal in Elizabeth, covering the banking and insurance industry. When the paper folded, he landed a job at Exit 2 of the NJ Turnpike as a reporter for the Gloucester County Times before moving to Exit 154 of the Garden State Parkway as a reporter for The Herald-News in Passaic and later Exit 154 of the GSP as a reporter for The Record of Hackensack. At The Record, he headed south again to Exit 7A of the NJ Turnpike to work in the Statehouse bureau, where he covered environmental issues, the Legislature and the governor’s office and was eventually promoted to bureau chief.
In 2002, Bruno moved to Exit 10 of the NJ Turnpike as Middlesex County bureau chief for The Star-Ledger before moving Exit 142 of the Garden State Parkway to serve as the newspaper's city editor, where he was responsible for more than a dozen reporters and columnists covering New Jersey’s largest city for the state's largest paper. In this role, Bruno was responsible for planning, administration, supervision and other functions associated with running a multifaceted, fast-paced operation.
After leaving The Star-Ledger in 2008, Bruno took a position as director of communications with The North Ward Center, the Newark-based non-profit founded by Stephen N. Adubato Sr. While working there, he developed an interest in charter schools and a passion for education reform as he worked to promote The Robert Treat Academy, the Blue Ribbon charter school founded by The North Ward Center in 1997. Bruno blogs about all things Newark on the The Patch.
Though he is a native of Hartford, Connecticut, Bruno knows New Jersey better than most natives. He knows the state's backroads and cities, as well as its highways, businesses, diners, bars, and the good, bad and the ugly of New Jersey politics.
Bruno is a graduate of Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., with a dual undergraduate degree in chemistry and philosophy and earned his graduate degree in journalism from New York University. Bruno is also a master developer in Joomla, a web-based content management system, an expert in online reputation management and a guru of social media practice.
In his free time, Bruno is an avid swimmer biker and runner and competes in triathalons.