Mike Goodwin, City Editor
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Mike Goodwin was a stockbroker, garbage collector and house painter. He has been a journalist since 1995 and the Times Union has been his home since 2002. As editor-in-chief of the municipal office, he is at the forefront of news gathering for the Capital Region newspaper.
Tim Blydenburgh, Editor-in-Chief of the Capital Region
Lauren Stanforth, Deputy City Editor
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Lauren Stanforth’s journalistic career began at The Ithaca Journal in 1996, then at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in 1998, where she worked until joining The Times Union in 2007. She became an editor in 2020.
Bethany Bump, Editor-in-Chief
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Bethany Bump writes on everything health related including national and local health policy, addiction and mental health for The Times Union. She has previously covered education, business and local government, and has won awards for her coverage of health and substance abuse issues. Bethany joined The Times Union in 2015, after a four-year stint at The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY. She graduated from SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2011 with a BA in Journalism and Political Science.
Chris Churchill, Columnist
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Chris Churchill is one of the Times Union’s best known names and faces. His columns – published on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – are widely shared on social media and have won several awards. Chris studied English and History at the University of Texas before starting his career as a journalist with small weeklies in Maine, then working for the Biddeford Journal Tribune, Waterville Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal. He started at the Times Union as an economics writer in 2007 and became a columnist in 2012.
Kenneth C. Crowe II, Editor-in-Chief
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Kenneth C. Crowe II covers Rensselaer County for The Times Union. He writes about Troy, the US Census, northeastern Albany County and everything that comes along. Screenwriting is a fascination.
Pete DeMola, Editor-in-Chief
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Pete DeMola reports on the town of Schenectady and the towns of Glenville, Rotterdam and Ballston Spa. He previously reported for the Daily Gazette and Sun Community News in the Adirondacks, where he won the 2015 New York Press Association Writer of the Year award for his investigative reporting. He previously lived in Beijing, where he reported on pop culture for several national publications and social media companies, and worked for a record label. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2005.
Lynda Edwards, Editor-in-Chief
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Lynda Edwards is a journalist, editor-in-chief of Faith & Values and content editor. She began her career with “Frontline” and as a freelance for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Monthly and Miami Herald. She was associate producer of “Nightly Business Report” at PBS and worked for The Village Voice in New York and Miami, The Associate Press and Gannett, and newspapers in Arizona, South Florida, Tennessee and Colorado. .
Robert Gavin, editor-in-chief
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Robert Gavin covers state and federal courts, criminal justice issues and legal affairs for the Times Union.
Roger Hannigan Gilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Roger Hannigan Gilson covers Columbia and Greene counties for the Times Union. He has worked as a journalist in the North Hudson Valley since 2014 and spends most of his time outdoors.
Shaniece Holmes-Brown, editor
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Shaniece Holmes-Brown is an alumnus of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania with a BA in Mass Communication and English. She has pursued a career as a journalist for several years, having written for various publications and recently served as a reporting intern for the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association on Capitol Hill in Harrisburg. She is currently a member of Hearst and covers the latest news at The Times Union.
Steve Hughes, Editor-in-Chief
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Steve covers the City and County of Albany for The Times Union. Previously, he covered police, fires and accidents as the newspaper’s last-minute reporter.
Wendy Liberatore, Editor-in-Chief
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Wendy Liberatore covers communities in Saratoga County. Before joining The Times Union, she wrote articles on the arts and dance for The Daily Gazette, Saratoga Living, and the Saratogian. She also worked for magazines in Westchester County and was an educational reporter for the Bronxville Review-Press and Reporter.
Kathleen Moore, Editor-in-Chief
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Kathleen grew up in Glenville and now lives in Schenectady. She has covered the Capital Region for various newspapers since 2000, focusing on the interesting people who breathe life into their towns, villages and towns. It now covers southern Saratoga County.
Massarah Mikati, editor-in-chief
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Massarah Mikati covers Communities of Color and breaking news for the Times Union. Previously, she was a state reporter for Johnson Newspaper Corp., covering the New York State Legislature for 10 counties in the Hudson Valley, Western New York and Northern New York. From 2017 to 2019, Massarah was a Hearst Fellow on Immigrants and Refugees for the Times Union, then Communities of Color for the Houston Chronicle. Massarah graduated from Ohio State University in 2017 with a BA in Journalism, Middle Eastern Studies, and Francophone Studies.
Paul Nelson, Editor-in-Chief
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Paul Nelson covers the cops and courts of Schenectady County as well as the suburban towns of Niskayuna and Rotterdam.
Rachel Silberstein, Editor-in-Chief
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Rachel Silberstein covers education for the Times Union. Previously, she reported on state policy.