Niskayuna resident Michael Matvey has been named editor of The Evangelist, the weekly newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.
Matvey succeeds Kate Blain, who resigned from the position last December.
Matvey brings 25 years of newspaper experience to the position. He worked as a senior content editor at the New York Daily News from 2004 until 2018. Before that, he worked as a writer, editor and designer at various daily publications, including The Times Union of Albany and the Times-Herald Record of Middletown.
“This is an exciting new era in The Evangelist’s long history, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Mike’s vision and creativity, along with his obvious news background, will take the publication,” said Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, in a press statement.
“While we want to continue to serve our faithful print readers going forward," added Scharfenberger, who also serves as publisher of The Evangelist and chairman of its board, "we also want to broaden our reach to those who access news mainly on digital platforms and social media. We are especially interested in creating content that will inspire and inform young people, who are so important a part of the life of the church.”
Said Matvey, "I look forward to offering our print readers cutting-edge design as well as stories that impact them, while drawing in new readers via our digital platforms and social media."
The Evangelist is published 48 times a year, covers 14 counties and has a circulation of 34,000. Readers can access news at its website: www.evangelist.org.