The Daily Gazette appoints director of content, others to key roles

This combination photo shows (from left to right) Michael Kelly, Adam Shinder, Ken Schott and Indiana Nash.

This combination photo shows (from left to right) Michael Kelly, Adam Shinder, Ken Schott and Indiana Nash.

SCHENECTADY The Daily Gazette Co. announced Monday several editorial staffing changes, including naming Michael Kelly as its director of content.

Previously the sports editor, Kelly has been with The Daily Gazette for nearly eight years. 

“I’m thrilled to help lead our dedicated and talented team in telling the stories that matter to our readers in this new role,” Kelly said. “To get this chance in the area where I grew up is a tremendous honor.”

In his role as director of content, Kelly will oversee the news organization’s coverage across news, sports and features in The Daily Gazette, The Recorder and The Leader-Herald.

“Michael’s a multi-talented journalist with sound news judgment, keen organizational skills and strong leadership attributes,” Editor Miles Reed said. “He also has a commitment and passion for strong community journalism and great storytelling.”

Kelly, 34, lives in Schenectady. He grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. 

Kelly joined The Daily Gazette in December 2014 as a sportswriter for the company’s weekly newspapers. He joined the newspaper’s team of daily sportswriters within a year, then became the organization’s sports editor in August 2018. Along with his editor role, Kelly has covered high school and college sports. Kelly’s work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors.

The Daily Gazette also now has a new deputy director of content, sports editor and features editor.

The Gazette’s new deputy director of content is former sports reporter Adam Shinder.


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“Being a part of the team at The Daily Gazette has been the joy of my professional career, and I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role,” Shinder said. “I’m excited to help maintain our current standards of excellence and find new ways to expand and improve our coverage of the region.”

A native of the Philadelphia area and 2007 graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Shinder first came to the Capital Region when he joined The Recorder’s sports staff in September 2008. Shinder’s work in Amsterdam received awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, New York News Publishers Association and New York State Associated Press Association.

He joined the staff at the Gazette in January 2020 following its acquisition of The Recorder and continued his work covering Capital Region sports. His coverage branched out into regional news during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his duties have included helping to lead the pagination team in news and sports for The Daily Gazette, Recorder and Leader-Herald.

The Daily Gazette’s new sports editor is former associate sports editor Ken Schott.

“I am honored to take over as sports editor of The Daily Gazette,” Schott said. “We have a very talented staff that has helped make the sports section a must-read every day. I will do my best to keep us as the place for Capital Region readers to go to get those in-depth stories you can’t find anywhere else.”

Schott, 58, is a 1985 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania. He began his sportswriting career in November 1983, working part time for the York Daily Record, moved into a full-time position with the Daily Record in the fall of 1985. Schott has been with the Gazette since August 1990, minus a 10-month stint as a news assignment editor with CBS6 (WRGB) that started in September 2017.

With the Gazette, Schott has covered Union College hockey for nearly three decades. Most recently, he was the Gazette’s associate sports editor and he is the host of “The Parting Schotts Podcast.”

The Gazette’s new features editor is former special sections editor Indiana Nash.

“As features editor, I look forward to providing readers with stories about the issues, as well as the change-makers and innovators, that are impacting the Capital Region,” Nash said.

Nash started reporting at the Gazette in 2016, shortly after graduating from SUNY Oneonta and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She first covered the Town of Niskayuna before becoming an arts writer at the paper, reporting on everything from visual arts to music. In 2020, she took on the role of special sections editor, helping to produce several 40-page sections each year that highlight the Capital Region’s rich cultural landscape.

“Adam, Indiana and Ken are three of our brightest stars,” Reed said. “They’re all outstanding journalists and great team players. We’re excited to watch them grow in their expanded roles.”

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