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Markos Papadatos crowned ‘Best Long Island Personality’ for the third consecutive year 

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By: Barbara Goldsmith, Special to the Hellenic News of America 

Markos Papadatos returns for yet another victory lap in 2022. This world-renowned editor, journalist, Amazon bestselling author, blogger, poet, and educator has amassed an illustrious body of published work that includes interviews with the most well-known names in the worlds of entertainment, sports, music, lifestyle, and magic.

His byline tally stands at over 17,000, which combined with an almost superhuman turnaround rate has affectionately earned him the nickname “Powerjournalist.”
For the sixth consecutive year, Markos triumphed in the annual “Best of Long Island” competition. He scored four wins in the “Arts and Entertainment” section this year, thus sweeping every category he was nominated in a true Adele Grammy Award ceremony fashion.

These include wins for the coveted “Best Long Island Personality” (for the third year in a row), an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times, as well as “Best Author on Long Island” (for the second year in a row), “Best Blogger from Long Island” (for the fifth year in a row), and “Best Poet” (for the second year in a row).

“To win all four of these ‘Best of Long Island’ categories is incredible. I am very thankful, honored, and humbled for this recognition. What an incredible way to kick off the New Year 2022,” Markos said.

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As always, he thanked his family, especially his amazing mother Effie, as well as his former teachers at I.S. 25 Queens and Saint Francis Prep, and college professors at Queens College for all of their guidance and support. “I say this all the time. I would not be where I am today, without Queens College! Writing for their college newspaper ‘The Knight News’ changed my life, and I am forever grateful to Queens College for everything, it really is the crown jewel of CUNY,” he said.

“Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart to everybody who believed in me and voted for me in all of these categories. I asked for votes, and all of you showered me with more love than I ever thought was imaginable,” he said, graciously.
Markos has developed a reputation for providing comprehensive arts and entertainment coverage to locals and beyond for well over 16 years. An Editor-at-Large for Digital Journal, he has primarily focused on music, entertainment, and sports news and has written an astonishing 17,000 articles.

He serves as Managing Editor of Raver Magazine, Senior Editor of the Hellenic News of America, and he is an associate producer of “The Donna Drake Show” on CBS New York.
He has interviewed big names ranging from Aerosmith to Billy Joel to Stevie Nicks to Emmylou Harris to Academy Award winners Jeff Bridges, Regina King, and Rita Moreno. His passion and flair for his craft make him an obvious choice for “Best Long Island Personality.”

Further exemplifying Markos’ passion for the written word are the countless poems that he has penned, which includes a timely collection entitled “Poems that Rave: Poetry in Quarantine.”

He is also the co-author of the Amazon bestselling book “Manifesting Your Dreams: Inspiring Words of Encouragement, Strength, and Perseverance.”
Ever grateful, Markos realized that it takes more than a Greek village to accomplish this huge milestone, so he thanked everybody who helped him along the way.

Thank you to the following people:
Cindy Vasko, NyCarole Luca, Ken Phillips, Jane Zeigler, Mariella Stockmal, Steve Stockmal, Michael Caprio, Jasmin LaGuerta, AnnMarie Orlando Giglio, Xeno Papasimakis, Elianna Papasimakis, Tina Wiskemann, DJ Sandra Dee, Karen Moss, Jake Resnicow, Nancy Venti Clark, Dawn Fisher, Loreno Mayer, Sothia Chhoeum, Angelica, Theresa and Diane Schneider, Shawn O’Connor, photographer Daniel Mitchell, Alan Mercer, Barbara and Arlene Goldsmith, Denise Cirolia, Bubba Sparks, Bruce Caldwell and the track and field community, Linda Prefontaine, Ari Kilian and Dawn Miller at Miler PR, Bjoern Kommerell, Zachary Smith, Marla McKenna, Donna Drake, Jessica Bellucci, Willy Sacco, Brad Everett Young, Benjamin Bryant and Tommy Zamberlan, JR Rosenberg, Anthony Turk, Bryan Floyd, Nicole Cappiello, Kelsey Elizabeth Edquist, Chad Schubert, Jack Ketsoyan, Carie Karavas, Mrs. Theodora Leperides, Vass, Leah Connolly and Ben Morling at Urban Rebel PR, Susan Niles, Martha Moore, Professor Doreen Schmitt, Billy Dufresne, Fran DeFeo, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, Anthony Langone, everybody at Marbaloo, Kimberly Wotton, Michelle Lebowitz,Avery King, Elise Anderson, Mark Logsdon, Pam Lewis and everybody at PLA Media, Pauline Esposito, Salina Solomon, Alex and Olga Moschos of Neraki, Phil Sottile, Stacey Lerman, Melani Rogers, Teresa Ann, Paul Armento, Eric Ellis, Desiree Ellis, Vedder Gabriel, Lisa Rodrigo, Lou Peragine, Nick Rice, Michael Catalano, Edvin Ortega, Steve Bitterman, Shari Bitterman, Kate Richardson, Lynn Tinsey, Nicole Cochran, and everybody at Richlynn Group, Phil Smith, Gene Englese, Toni Campiglia, Mike Savage, Demetra Lecourezos, Aubrey Wollett, Marisa Mathew, Victoria Varela, Donna Pucciarelli, Publicity Nation PR (Jill Pavel, Brittany Stearns, and Kathryn Loewer), Herman Canosa, Spiro Markatos, Christos Pavlatos, Eric Hafker and Maria Cuchifrita and family, Dawn Andrew, Alex Andrew, Todd Greenstein, Toly Rod,  Stephen Rosenbluth, Jennifer Robin Rosenbluth, Jason DeLeo, Cathy Santana Dunn, Efren Santana, Kelly Karavites, Jeff Gulko, Peter Marks, KellyAnn Kelly, Jackie Wright, Rebecca Yako, Deborah Palmo, Danielle Benya, Jane DiGioia, Cheri Berry, Michael Stover, Gigi Dimichino, Angela Ferazzoli, Virginia Barnett, Carol Barnett, Cheryl Dobbins, Priscilla Arena, Felisha Suggs, Jay Lane, Sheri Barnett, Chrissy Antosca, Claudine Webb, Scott Sexton, Stacey Slotnick, Adrienne Brown, Bettejean Spatafore, Lorraine DeFlorio Nichols, Michael and Brooke Sarysz, Cathy Nakos, Joseph Benegbi, Alexandrea Fortin, Bernadette and Jenn Pesco, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, Rosalie Tuchman, Evelyn Alberto and Alexandra “Nana” Martinez, Melanie DuPont and Jessice Katz at Katz Public Relations, Ria Kavallieratou, Dani-elle Kleha, Mickey Jack Cones, Oliver McClellan, Kim Vanderhofe, Cindi Braff, T.J. Clemente, Paul Barotti and Keith Holley of Starstruck Fan Events, Michael Zhonga, Dominiki Damoulianos, Kelly Palace and Maria Parker at Champion’s Mojo, Katie and Brant Parsons, Willie D. Stevens, Kyle Stevens, Danny Romano, Nick Tangorra, Jonathan Schulman, Kerri and Philip Barbera, James Salvato, Kristine Kennedy, Michael Beas, Dar Dowling, Anthony Bevilacqua, Ms. Kathleen Connell, Andrew Vagenas, Frances Wheeler, Jackie Clement, Clint Morris and everybody at October Coast Publicity, Tim Stark, Kyle Watson, Kimberly Jones Buckner Warren, magician Jorgos Pampoukidis, Gary Hahn, Donna Kessinger, Andrew Rossow and Mark Pellegrino of The Guardian Project, Hannah Danilova, Petros Arzoumanidis, Lisa Strickland, Brandy Reed, Susan Bernhardt, Jillian Claire, Carolann Hynes, Deb Quimby, Lindsay Fellows, Wendy-Wilson Mchenry, Mike Foland, Noreen Onorato, Jillian Onorato, Missy Ducharme, Don Murry Grubbs, Kay Waggoner Burney, Glenna Freedman, Judy and Sean Katz, Scott Adkins and Kelli Wasilauski at Adkins Publicity, Christina Kotsamanidis, Joey Amato, Zach Farnum and Erin Fligel at 117 Group, Florence Vasilatos Zuder, Donna Sullivan, Dale Ann Bradley, Shannon Danielle Cones, Sarah Elder Lyons, Elizabeth Lyons, Carrie Farley, Lisa Polizzi, Laura Desantis-Olsson, Cindy Hunt and Monarch Publicity, Amy Sciaretto, Mike Colantuoni, and Tim Tatulli at Atom Splitter PR, Michele Frantzeskos, Hillary Epstein, Kat Smith, Colleen, Maggie Houlehan and Yvette Shearer, Sharon Hershberg, Edvin Ortega, David Buckner, Chris Jehnert, Karen Tallier, Jo Weil, Donna DeMeo Wicelinksi, Maria Giokaris, Jake Basden, Nancy Vazquez, Valerie, Will Kelly, Kali Chan, Mike DelGuidice and everybody at Big Shot, Ellen McAlpin, Lauren Davidson, Nancy Anastasio, Christopher and Jessica Anastasio, Caitlyn Dwyer, Dixie Owen, Deborah Radel and Jenna Roy at DRPR, Michael Dempsey, Linda Rohe, Erica Gerard, Nikos Arholekas, David “Dibby” Warren and The Marshall Tucker Band, Ed Solorzano, and Kristin Loretta, Paula Tountasakis, Amy Starr Weldon, Candice Sirota, Jerry and Louise Bruno, Alex Blake, Claire Cook, Mary Ann Kaylor Griffiths, Kristin Palmer, Stephanie Reeves-DeVage, Beverly Praytor Clugston, Shanelle Lynn Zimmerman, Tina Healy-Leather, Melissa Mathews, pet photographer Richie Schwartz, Hailey Bailey, and Jolyn Matsumuro, among others.
“Thank you to everybody at Digital Journal, the Hellenic News of America, the Ken Phillips Group, Penny MacGregor and Star Image Entertainment, Matt Litchfield and Scott Layne at Spectrum Celebrity Events, Doug Gray and The Marshall Tucker Band, Coastal Entertainment, Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill, GreeKrave, Sammy and Alice Bozza at Samantha’s Friends, Queens College, Saint Francis Prep High School, Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall (Ricky Cappiello, Tim Murray, and Bobby Karounos), Rockwells in Pelham, the Governor’s Comedy Clubs on Long Island, The Paramount (Adam Ellis and all of the owners), for all of their support,” he said.

“A very special thank you to my wonderful ‘Bay’ family… Gregori J. Martin, Kristos Andrews, Eric Nelsen, Mike Manning, Brandon Beemer, Erik Fellows, Jade Harlow, Ronn Moss, Precious Mayes, Wendy Riche, Jackie Lewis, and JR Rosenberg,” he said.
“Also, my “Studio City” family… Sean Kanan, Michele Kanan, Timothy Woodward Jr., Tristan Rogers, Philip Bruenn, Carolyn Hennesy, and Patrika Darbo,” he added.
Thanks to the awesome people and fans I met in the daytime: Michael Watters, Kathy Watters, Gina Johnny Morgan, Jennifer Edelson, Lisa Malley, Noreen Taylor, Tiffany Ladner, Jacqueline Lewis, Angela Joy Cole, Michele Lynn, Becca Carpenter, Joanie Nowak, Jamie Prevatt, Robin Ward, Penny MacGregor, Susan Farbizio, Rosalie Leto, Christine Pane Carnazza, Theresa DePierro, and Tina Rosado, among other dedicated soap fans.

Thank you to USA Swimming, the International Swimming League (ISL), and the entire swimming community for embracing me over the years, especially Michael Andrew, and the Andrew family (Peter and Tina Andrew), Nathan Adrian, Ryan Murphy, Caeleb Dressel, Jason Lezak of the Cali Condors, Lenny Krayzelburg of the LA Current, Michael Chadwick, Chad Le Clos, James Gibson and Shila Sheth at Energy Standard, and Shantel and Josh Davis (and the Breakout Swim Clinic).

“Also, if I forgot anybody, I am extremely sorry… but please know that you are all appreciated very much. I am beyond grateful for you all,” Markos said.

“Most importantly, I want to thank every single person I ever interviewed in life,” he underscored. “I love telling everybody’s stories, and I am humbled that they trust me to share their stories with the rest of the world.”

The acclaimed bilingual publication Hellenic News of America enshrined him in their Hellenic News Hall of Fame in November of 2017.

His thousands of articles are insightful, engaging, and well-received not only by fellow Long Islanders but by millions of readers worldwide. Resoundingly these wins are Long Island telling the #Powerjournalist “We love you, Markos!”

Markos loves Long Island, and Long Islanders love him in return, ranking him as the “Best Long Island personality” time and time again!

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