The past few weeks have been a transitional period at the Cazenovia Republican, as we said goodbye to previous editor Pierce Smith and the managing editor of Eagle Newspapers (the parent company of the Republican), Jen Wing, briefly took charge until I was able to come on board full time. I am pleased to tell everyone that last week I officially took over duties as editor of the Republican, and this is my first issue. I also wanted to take a moment (and some editorial space) to introduce myself to the community.
My name and/or face may seem familiar to many readers for a variety of reasons. My family and I have lived in Caz for going on five years now, I have occasionally contributed articles to the Republican and Pierce Smith ran articles about me in my concurrent profession as a historian and author.
But let me start at the beginning. I was raised in the town of East Rochester, a suburb of Rochester. I achieved my associate’s degree at Monroe Community College, my bachelor’s degree in English and writing at SUNY Potsdam and did some graduate work in English and history at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
My wife (who grew up in Skaneateles) and I lived in Fredericksburg, Va., for eight years after college, but, when our daughter turned five, we decided we wanted to return to Upstate New York so she could be closer to grandparents and grow up in a small town just as we did. We settled in the village of Cazenovia in 2008.
I have been a journalist for about 15 years. I started on The Racquette, the SUNY Potsdam college newspaper, where I was a reporter, then the news editor and, during my senior year, the editor-in-chief. After graduation, I worked for 14 months as a reporter on the Malone Telegram, a daily newspaper in Malone, NY, where I covered anything and everything that occurred in Franklin County.