In 2013, the Gazette’s board of directors selected industry veteran John DeAugustine to succeed John E.N. Hume III as the newspaper’s publisher, the first non-family member to fill the role. Prior to joining the Gazette, DeAugustine served as corporate vice president of circulation for Hearst Community Newspaper Group, overseeing audience development and operations space for daily newspapers in Texas and Michigan.
The Pittsburgh, Pa. area native got his start in the industry in 1991 as the circulation and operations at the Standard Observer, a small daily newspaper and commercial printing operation in Irwin, Pa. He joined the Pittsburgh Tribune Review in 1995 as its home delivery manager. Four years later, he became its director of circulation sales and marketing, and was charged with increasing sales and readership of the company’s print and digital products. From Oct. 2003 through Oct. 2005, he worked as vice president of audience development at the York Newspaper Company in York, Pa.
DeAugustine joined the staff of the Albany Times Union in 2005 as its audience development director, where he was responsible for increasing the number of paid subscriptions while also increasing the total reach of its paid and free products. In 2009, he became executive vice president and publisher of the Connecticut Post, a daily newspaper in Bridgeport, Conn.
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Since his arrival at the Gazette in 2013, DeAugustine has not only developed additional print products and a commercial printing service, but also established a call center along with events and marketing businesses. In 2016, he was part of a team tasked with redesigning both the front and back ends of the newspaper’s website, dailygazette.com.
Earlier this year, DeAugustine announced that the Gazette would be adding a new sign and graphics design and printing franchise to its Maxon Road Extension headquarters as part of its ongoing diversification initiatives. That business, Image360, officially opened on July 23. While the franchise shares space and ownership with the Gazette, the two are separate business entities.
In addition to his responsibilities as publisher of the Gazette, DeAugustine also serves on the City of Schenectady’s Smart City Advisory Committee.
DeAugustine and his wife, Vicki DeMura, a Watervliet native, reside on Saratoga Lake.