Patrick Hickey Jr.- Founder, Editor-In-Chief
I am the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com. Despite being an avid and prolific journalist over the past seven years, I find myself wanting more. During my career, I’ve spent time covering everything from minor league hockey and baseball to the New York Mets and the NHL and interviewing everyone from David Wright to Martin Brodeur. I’ve been published in over two dozen newspapers, magazines and websites and have won several awards along the way. In addition to teaching Journalism and English at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, I am also a Weekend Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media. I’m still hungry though.
While sports writing has been a blast and still provides a tremendous rush for me, I felt a need to return to entertainment writing, an endeavor I supremely enjoyed while I was the EIC of two college newspapers. As a matter of fact, some of the greatest times in my journalistic career were those late nights in the editing and layout rooms, working with people and discussing pop culture. Sometimes, those would be the reasons why I enjoyed myself so much, aside from looking at our finished product at the end of the night.
After college, I continued writing and began teaching Journalism and felt that again, while sports writing will always be the Jennifer Love-Hewitt of my heart, I realized that I am a slave to this craft and need an Alyssa Milano of sorts. That, to me, at least, is entertainment writing. At this site, my staff -which I have gathered from my exploits as a professor and journalist- and I will be dedicated to bringing you the most up to date reviews in the entertainment world as well as reviews of older material you may not have seen, which eventually will create a one of a kind experience you’ll feel the need to see every single day, before we eventually own your soul.
Don’t fight it my friends, embrace it.
You can reach me at PatrickHickeyJr@Reviewfix.com if you have any questions or concerns. It is our goal to make this the most innovative and fun atmosphere we can. Help us make that happen.
Nick Valente- Television Editor
I’m a just Television and Radio guy from Brooklyn, planning an inevitable takeover of the world. However, I am still looking for a dumb mouse, preferably named Pinky, to accompany me. At the site, I’m a movie, television and graphic novel kind of guy and that’s what I’ll be writing for the most part.
Expect some book and music reviews as well though [insert demon horns here]. I grew up in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, the same neighborhood many of the best mafia films of our day were based on, idolizing guys like Robert DeNiro, Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino. I’m also a big sports fan and follow the New York Yankees intensely.
Rocco Sansone- Comic Books Editor
Rocco Sansone was born in Brooklyn, New York to Italian immigrant parents. He attended Kingsborough Community College where he received his Associates in Journalism and then Brooklyn College to get his Bachelors in English. He wrote for Kingsborough’s student newspaper Scepter where his biggest achievement was interviewing former Rock the Vote president Jehmu Greene. He is a “man of many interests.” These include anime/manga, video games, tabletop RPGs, YA literature, 19th century literature, the New York Rangers, and history. Among the things and places he would like to see before he dies are Japan, half of Europe, and the New York Rangers win another Stanley Cup. He lives in Brooklyn.
Manny Vivas: Video Games Editor
Manny Vivas has covered the gaming industry for numerous online publications including Examiner.com, TheGamersDrop.com and GotGame.com. He is currently enrolled in Kingsborough Community College where he is pursuing a degree in journalism. Keep up with his latest antics by following him on Twitter.
Chris Butera- Senior Music Writer
Chris Butera has been absorbed in Heavy Metal since he was 15 years old. He has been playing in bands since 2006 and has interned for extreme music label Earache Records, while writing for Reviewfix.com since its inception and more recently for Examiner.com. When he isn’t doing anything music related he’s probably reading comics or classic books, watching a horror movie or a wrestling match, or pretending to be a dinosaur.
Bradley Hopkins- Staff Writer
Coming from a backwoods small town no one’s ever heard of in Appalachia, in southwestern Virginia, I first made an attempt at a massage therapy license, followed by a stint working as a lumber worker. Now in the employ of the United States Navy, I work as an Information Systems Technician (computers and communications). It’s classified. I’m an expert in tattoos and tattoo history, and a growing student of philosophy, professional wrestling, history, politics, video games, and literature in general. I live wherever the Navy tells me to.
Marisa Vitolo- Contributing Writer
Marisa Vitolo is a contributing writer for the theatre review section. “There’s no better job than getting paid to go to the theatre and write about it.” Her love of theatre started when she was a young girl and she saw her first Broadway show, “Annie.” Coming from a background of artists; one uncle was a painter and designer, another was an Off Broadway actor and singer with the Metropolitan Opera House, and her dad dabbled in the cabaret circuit, Marisa has always been surrounded by art and culture and has a great appreciation for all aspects of it. She even attended NYC’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology for a short time studying fashion design. She has dabbled in music, playing the saxophone in high school, and later moving on to guitar, which she admits she is still a novice at. She is also an avid sports fan and loves to read books, listen to music, but most of all, backpack around the globe.