COLONIE — Veteran journalist Casey Seiler has been named vice president and editor of the Times Union.
Parent company Hearst announced the promotion Tuesday.
Seiler is a native of Buffalo who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from Northwestern University. After positions at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont and the Jackson Hole News&Guide in Wyoming, he joined the TU as its entertainment editor in 2000.
Seiler led the TU’s Capitol coverage as state editor from 2008 to 2017, was named senior editor for news in 2017 and was promoted to managing editor in 2018.
Additionally, he has been co-host for more than a decade of “New York NOW,” the weekly public affairs program on WMHT television.
The promotion takes effect Feb. 1. Seiler will succeed Rex Smith, who has been the editor of the newspaper since 2002 and will now be its editor-at-large. In the new role, he will continue to oversee the Times Union’s opinion pages, write his column and undertake a variety of community and educational projects.
Smith earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism in 1980 and worked as a reporter for Newsday, managing editor of the Rensselaer Republican in Indiana and managing editor of The Record in Troy. In 1995, he joined the Times Union as managing editor/news.
For more than 25 years, Smith has cohosted a nationally syndicated radio program, The Media Project, in partnership with Northeast Public Radio.
He also is chairman of the New York News Publishers Association board of directors.