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Longtime newsroom leader Judy Patrick to leave Gazette

Longtime newsroom leader Judy Patrick to leave Gazette

Editor and senior vice president has been with company 35 years
Longtime newsroom leader Judy Patrick to leave Gazette
Judy Patrick, right, announces her resignation to Gazette newsroom staff, Jan. 26, 2018.
Photographer: Peter Barber

The Daily Gazette Editor and Senior Vice President Judy Patrick announced Friday she will be resigning in the spring.

She said it is not a retirement, though she does not know yet what the next chapter holds. But after 35 years with The Daily Gazette, she’s ready to look for that next chapter.

“I want to consider other things that I may be able to do to contribute to society, and to journalism,” Patrick said. “I’m going to take a few months.”

Daily Gazette Publisher John DeAugustine praised Patrick and lamented her upcoming departure, likely around March 30.

“Judy Patrick was instrumental in my acclimation and growth at The Daily Gazette over the past four years,” he said Friday. “I am truly sorry to see her go, but I am happy that she is looking to the future in how she can make a bigger impact on journalism.”

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Patrick, now 61, joined The Daily Gazette on Mother’s Day in 1982, working in its Amsterdam bureau. She had a very brief part-time stint as a Times Union copy editor, but she takes pride in spending essentially her entire career at family-owned newspapers — first at The Recorder in Amsterdam, then at the old Schenectady Gazette.

She rotated through several Gazette bureaus before coming to work in its main office to be a supervising editor of a geographic cluster of reporters. She later was an arts writer and a Sunday edition writer. In 2006, she was promoted to day city editor, supervising all news reporters. In 2008, she was named managing editor, leading all of The Daily Gazette’s editorial operations.

Most recently, she was named editor — becoming responsible for the newsroom’s editorial standards and content strategy — and senior vice president. In the latter position, as an officer of the company, she was part of the executive team that has worked to diversify and expand the company’s operations.

Along the way, Patrick developed a reputation as a tireless source of guidance and, when necessary, production assistance for her colleagues and subordinates in the newsroom. She is proud of that, but also is aware of what she hasn’t been doing in that time.

“When you do these jobs, you miss out on a lot of life,” she said Friday. “I want to catch up.”

Patrick’s only child, a toddler back in 1982, is a mother herself now. Patrick dotes on her two grandchildren, who live across the state.

She plans to see more of them, and to see more of the world with her husband, Steve — including the part that’s not paved.

“Certainly, I will be putting on my hiking boots more this spring,” said Patrick, an Adirondack 46er. “Hiking is my great hobby.”

Patrick said she would likely do more writing, as well, but she has yet to identify the format or medium.

DeAugustine said the top leadership of the newsroom will be determined in the near future.

“The Daily Gazette newsroom runs like a finely oiled machine thanks to Judy,” he said. “This will give us the opportunity to find the right mix of leadership going forward.”

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