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A brief introduction

After two years as editor for the Cazenovia Republican, Doug Campbell has been promoted to online editor for Eagle Newspapers. I was fortunately granted an opportunity to fill his position. I'd like to take this chance to properly introduce myself to readers.

Like Doug, I was raised in Cazenovia and was a student of the local school district. I thoroughly enjoyed my childhood here. With the nearby lake, abundance of parks and lake effect snow, it was an attractive area in which to grow up.

I graduated from high school with the class of 2005, and traveled downstate to the blooming metropolis of Poughkeepsie to major in communications at Marist College. It was there I submitted my first article to the student newspaper and realized my affinity for writing.

After graduating from Marist in the spring of 2009, I gained experience at a number of public media outlets and decided to venture out west. However, the open road that led me away from Cazenovia eventually brought me back to this special community.

I began working as a freelance writer, occasionally submitting articles to the paper. Doug happily accepted my contributions, even asking me to cover events on occasion. I enjoyed the process and the purpose of reporting, and was soon harassing Doug for more writing opportunities.

When I got word of a potential opening at the Cazenovia Republican, I jumped at the chance to get more involved. I am extremely thankful and optimistic for my new position as editor. Like anyone starting a new job, my first week was filled with excitement and a fair amount of stress. Doug is an excellent mentor, and has helped to make the transition easy.

I've always enjoyed Cazenovia's strong sense of community, and am honored to be covering this historically rich area of Central New York. I'm excited to write about village and town happenings, music, art and school news. As the new editor, I am committed to maintaining the degree of excellence Doug achieved at Cazenovia Republican.

If you have questions, comments, potential story ideas or submissions please e-mail me at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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