We are a family-owned media company that publishes The Westerly Sun, The Mystic River Press and The Express. Founded by the Utter family back in 1893, The Sun has delivered local news and stories about people and businesses in your backyard from the 19th and 20th centuries through today. The skill and professionalism of our employees make it possible for us to distribute award-winning newspapers and digital communications. The company proudly salutes the dedicated men and women who carry on the tradition of good journalism and advertising through the many different mediums available.

Meet the Team


John Layton

Regional Sales Director

John is the Regional Advertising Director for Rhode Island Media Group. He graduated from the University of Florida after earning his degrees in public relations and psychology. In 1996, he moved to Atlanta, working for an advertising and public relations firm, Michael Parver Associates, where he helped promote movie premieres for companies such as Warner Brothers, DreamWorks and Paramount. John moved to New England and joined the Newport Daily News in 1998, serving as the Classified and Internet Advertising Manager. John currently serves on the board of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce and is a Scout Leader for Troop 5 North Kingstown.  

When John is at home he enjoys spending time with his wife Kathleen and their family: Arabella, 20, Beckett, 14, Holden, 12.



Jennifer Obrey

Art Director

Jennifer is the Art Director for Rhode Island Media Group and managing the Sun Graphics Division of the organization. Jen has been with the company for over 16 years.

She relocated to Southeastern CT in 1996 from the Boston area and moved to Pawcatuck in 2006. Jennifer has been very involved with numerous local organizations over the years and currently a board member for The Friends of Stonington Crew, The Westerly Library & Wilcox Park Association and a member of the Westerly High School Designer Advisory Board. For years, she has volunteered as a coordinator of media and program design of the Stonington Schools drama productions and been very involved with many events and fundraisers with the Stonington School system.

She loves being involved with coaching and refereeing basketball though numerous organizations in town at all levels with her children (ages 20, 17, 14) or golfing and relaxing with her husband of 23+ years.


jessicaheadshot.jpgJessica Monk

digital media coordinator

Jessica Monk is the Digital Media Coordinator for Rhode Island Media Group and has been with the company for 7 years. She graduated with a Bachelors in Graphic Design from Johnson & Wales, Providence and has been in the Digital Media Industry since 2014. 

When she's not working shes spending time with with her husband, two boys and dog.


alex.jpgAlex Walker

Media Consultant

Alex is a Media Consultant at Rhode Island Media Group and has been with the company for 6 years. Primarily handling the Greater Westerly area, he is passionate about helping businesses reach their full potential through various marketing and advertising strategies.

Outside of the office, Alex enjoys traveling, socializing with friends and spending time with his amazing daughter.


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