SCHENECTADY — Managing Editor Miles Reed was named Thursday to succeed Editor Judy Patrick in the top newsroom position at The Daily Gazette.
Reed joined The Daily Gazette in 1995 as a reporter and was gradually promoted to copy editor, assistant Sunday editor, assistant features editor, day city editor and city editor. In June 2015, he was named managing editor.
He said Thursday he is assuming the editorial leadership of his hometown newspaper with great reverence for the outstanding Daily Gazette journalists and leaders who’ve come before him.
“My top priority is to continue the Gazette’s long and proud tradition of strong community journalism,” he said.
Reed also is excited to be involved in newspapering — print and electronic — at such a dynamic period in America.
“Now more than ever, communities need a vibrant independent press to demand accountability at all levels of government,” he said. “In this community, the Gazette fills this vital role.”
Patrick, a 35-year employee of the independently owned news organization, announced last week that she would be leaving, probably around March 30, to pursue other interests.
She said: “I’m confident Miles will sustain The Daily Gazette’s quality journalism and commitment to the communities we serve. He knows the region, he knows our audience and he’ll work hard to make each day’s paper better than the day before.”
Publisher John DeAugustine said the newspaper and website will be in good hands.
“I am extremely pleased to have such a strong editor in Miles Reed ready to take the helm,” he said. “Miles has a deep understanding of our coverage area along with the skill and drive to excel in our complex world of ever-changing technology and customer expectations.”
He added: “I feel confident he will build on the extraordinary work of Judy Patrick and continue to deliver the in-depth and interesting local coverage our community expects and deserves.”
Reed, 50, is a graduate of Niskayuna High School and the University at Albany. He lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife, Kimberly Marks Reed, and their three children.