SCHENECTADY — A longtime Capital Region journalist is the new managing editor of The Daily Gazette.
Cailin Brown will begin her new role Sept. 28.
Her vision is to foster strong local journalism, which has long been The Gazette’s trademark focus.
It has also been the focus of many of the newsroom jobs Brown has held and the college classes she has taught.
“It is critical that citizens are aware of what’s going on in their communities,” Brown said.
That’s right out of a textbook, she said. “But it’s also real.”
Brown was born and raised in Albany and now lives in the house where she grew up. She and her husband, John, have two grown children.
She has worked for the Troy Times Record, the former Capital District Business Review, the now-defunct Knickerbocker News and, in her longest stint, the Times Union.
She taught journalism classes at Sage Colleges, Siena, Skidmore and the University at Albany before settling into a faculty position at The College of Saint Rose that ended just last week.
“I feel like I had an entire career of journalism split between newsrooms and classrooms,” Brown said.
It is an interesting time to be moving back to the newsroom.
“I think journalism is critical, especially today,” she said. “This is a time like no other in history — Black Lives Matter, the pandemic, [socioeconomic] equity, the presidential election.”
Gazette Editor Miles Reed selected Brown for the position, which has been vacant since he was promoted to editor in 2018.
“We’re delighted to be able to add a journalist of Cailin’s caliber and experience to our team,” Reed said. “She’ll add a dimension of expertise and passion for the news that will enhance all facets of our operation. We can’t wait for her to start.”
Brown was nudged toward her career by a high school teacher who encouraged her to write.
“I feel at home in a newsroom,” she said.