HeyHey. My name is Lou DiPietro, and I'm a journalist and musician living in the Ithaca, NY, area. Journalism
A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, I started as a general assignment reporter at my hometown newspaper – the Olean Times Herald
– in 2005. I was away from the news business for several years after a move to Charlotte, NC, where I worked full-time in the city's library system and snuck in some occasional writing for WhereCharlotte
magazine. In 2011, I returned to New York, settling in Ithaca, where I found a reporting gig with the Finger Lakes Community Newspapers
. For close to three years, I covered anything and everything around Tompkins County, from school and municipal budgets and union negotiations to parades and championship twirling teams. In 2013, I was named associate editor of the Ithaca Times
, a weekly newspaper where I managed online content, laid out pages, handled the calendars (and many, many other things) while writing as time permitted. In 2015, I stepped down as editor to focus more on the writing side, penning stories for ithaca.com. See the "Journalism" tab for some of my favorites. Today, I work in communications at Cornell University.Music and Film
In my downtime, I write tunes and play gigs at bars and coffeeshops around the area. Because no one can pronounce or spell my last name, I play under the moniker "Louiston", a nickname bestowed by an old friend from a lifetime ago.
A do-it-yourself ethos is
at the heart of my song-writing and production work, an approach that was originally bred
out of limitations – i.e. little money to hire out help – but has since come to
symbolize the “by the bootstraps” spirit of my upbringing in Western New York.
I learned early that artists must make time for their work. There are no excuses
. So I make time in the early morning hours, just me, some coffee and my grandfather's old Kay acoustic. If that last sentence sounds cheesy, I'm cool with it. Then I buckle down in the winter and record those songs in my modest studio in Trumansburg. In the summer of 2015, I will release a 10-song record, Reconciler
. To hear tunes, check out the SongStream above, or click the link under "Louiston Projects" to access a public Dropbox folder with every song I've put down.
In 2012, I added the title of screenwriter to my resume. With a friend, I wrote and released "Zeus", an independent screenplay about "life, death, friends and gym teachers". I also wrote and recorded all the songs for the film. The full-length feature was selected for the Atlanta Underground Film Festival and the Buffalo International Film Festival.Etc.
I like to: hang out with my immensely talented lady, Lindsey
, run with my dog, snowboard, kayak on little Waneta Lake, bum around back home on antique bicycles, watch sports with old friends, root for the Miami Dolphins (don't ask), the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Buffalo Sabres, cook, eat, laugh, spend too much money on old lights, sprinkle sarcasm into nearly every conversation, and read big, fat novels. My favorite? Tie: Underworld
and White Noise
, both by Don Delillo. Oh, and I have a love/hate relationship with social media and am a terribly inconsistent blogger.
Thanks for reading, and come back again.