Ari also was online editor for the Times from 1999 to 2000. He left to become the founding editor of GetLocalNews.com, one of the first citizen journalism networks. He also was an active citizen journalist, publishing occasional articles on BeniciaNews.com, the GetLocalNews pilot site and winner of an Online News Association general excellence award.
Ari was a reporter and editor in the Contra Costa Times chain for 11 years after being a reporter for daily and weekly newspapers in California, from the Central Coast to the Wine Country. (Hearst Castle was once his beat.)
He paid $1,000 on eBay for a ticket to see the Chicago Cubs in the 2003 World Series. Fortunately, the seller provided a refund.