Former Gazette day city editor Walsh to lead news team in upstate NY
ALBANY — George Walsh, a veteran reporter and editor for The Associated Press and several newspapers, has been named the news cooperative's administrative correspondent for upstate New York.
Walsh will lead staff in aggressively chasing breaking news, developing sharp, cross-format enterprise and cultivating accountability reporting, particularly in state government.
His appointment was announced Tuesday by Karen Testa, editor for the East region of the U.S., and James Martinez, news editor for New York.
"George is a great fit because he's already a proven leader in our newsroom and has a wealth of experience covering state government and politics," Martinez said.
Walsh, 59, joined the AP in 2006 in Albany as a day supervisor and has since worked to cover breaking news and help shape daily stories. Walsh brings decades of newspaper reporting and editing experience prior to AP to the job.
He worked as the day city editor and business editor at the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, where he was responsible for breaking news, state government coverage and computer assisted reporting. He represented the newspaper on the statewide AP-led project that created the first searchable database of state campaign contributions.
Walsh was also assistant managing editor/news at The Watertown Daily Times and began his career at Gannett's suburban New York City newspapers. He covered education, police, courts and business, mostly at the Rockland Journal News. He was business editor there when he was named managing editor of Gannett's Fairpress in Norwalk Conn.
Walsh has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University.
Walsh succeeds news editor Rik Stevens, who now leads AP's Northern New England operation, based in Concord, N.H.