SCHENECTADY The Daily Gazette has named Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Mahoney its new editorial page editor. He will replace longtime editor Art Clayman, who is retiring after 37 years at the newspaper.
Mahoney’s appointment comes at the same time as two other new hires at the newspaper, which include a new advertising director and a reporter-at-large.
“The lifeblood of any company is its people, and for us to continue to deliver the highest quality products and outstanding results for our customers we need to have the very best team,” said Daily Gazette Publisher John DeAugustine.
Mahoney, a Poughkeepsie native who lives in Queensbury, worked at the Post-Star in Glens Falls for 23 years before joining the New York State Bar Association in 2011 as associate director of media services and public affairs. Over the span of his career, Mahoney has won more than 40 national and state awards — most notably the 2009 Pulitzer for editorial writing for his Post-Star coverage on the perils of local government secrecy.
His career in journalism dates to 1985 when he worked as a broadcast journalist for Poughkeepsie radio stations. He later served as a legislative correspondent and governmental relations liaison for the Statewide News Service at the state Capitol in Albany. He joined the Post-Star in 1988 as a staff reporter, working his way through the ranks as city editor, regional editor, editorial writer and, finally, editorial page editor.
Mahoney will begin his new role March 31. Clayman will remain as editorial page editor emeritus, writing editorials on a part-time basis and helping with the transition.
Clayman has been the Gazette’s editorial page editor since 1980 and opinion editor since 1990, when the Gazette launched its Sunday edition. He has belonged to the National Conference of Editorial Writers and won four awards for editorial writing and an honorable mention award for column writing from the New York State Associated Press Association.
“Art’s been with us for 30-plus years,” said DeAugustine. “He does a phenomenal job. The readership of the editorial page of the Gazette is much higher than any other newspaper that I’ve had the privilege to work with, so it’s critical for us to ensure that we are continuing the tradition that Art has built. And Mark, with his deep understanding of the region, excellent writing skills and strong opinions, makes a perfect fit for our team.”
The Gazette also recently named Randy Lewis as advertising director.
Lewis comes from the Times Union, where he worked for 16 years. He served 11 years as sales manager of auto and real estate advertising. He began his new role Feb. 28.
The Gazette has also hired former Times Union columnist Mark McGuire as its new at-large reporter. He will begin March 24.
For the past year, McGuire has served as manager of publications at Albany Medical Center, but is probably best known for his career in journalism, which stretches to 1985 when he worked as a reporter at the Leader-Herald in Gloversville.
McGuire joined the Times Union in 1990 after a brief stint at the North Jersey Herald & News. He went on to cover a variety of beats ranging from politics and local media to sports and pop culture. He was a sports columnist from 2007 to 2012 before shifting to hard news and pop culture from 2012 to 2013. He has won more than a dozen awards from the New York State Associated Press Association and spent time as an adjunct journalism professor at The College of Saint Rose and University at Albany.
“He is a writer who has deftly handled a variety of topics and successfully established himself as a voice in the community,” said Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. “I’m happy to welcome him back to the world of journalism and look forward to the contributions he will make to The Gazette.”