Adirondack Journal founder Thom Randall returns as editor

WARRENSBURG The new face in charge of the Adirondack Journal is a very familiar one after all, he founded the paper. Thom Randall has accepted the position of editor of the Adirondack Journal. Randall established the newspaper in 1987, before leaving in 1995 to take a position with The Post-Star in Glens Falls. He sold the Journal in 1993 to Denton Publications. Denton Publications managing editor John Gereau welcomed the return of his former co-worker. Thom is a true veteran newspaper man and an old friend of mine. He founded this newspaper and undoubtedly knows the communities we cover and the issues of concern to our readers better than anyone. I see the editorial content in the Adirondack Journal only getting stronger under his leadership, said Gereau. Randall is one of the most recognizable reporters in Warren County, earning numerous awards and distinctions for his wide-ranging news coverage. My longevity here in the news business in Warren County is unmatched, and I believe this has definite benefits for the readers. I can understand the background and potential consequences of a news development, and put it into appropriate perspective. Competing media have reporters on the job one week, and they are gone the next not a good situation for the readers, said Randall. As editor of the Adirondack Journal, Randall would like to build on its strengths in reporting comprehensive community and school news, but also increase coverage of hard news, such as local politics, county and regional news. Other media have backed off such coverage, and Id like to boost it. People in northern Warren County want to stay informed, and Id like to see the Adirondack Journal become the vital news source they can depend on. Ill be working hard to achieve that goal, said Randall. Randall said he traditionally focused on environmental and health issues, as well as local politics including state and county government news. He also planned on writing engaging human interest and feature articles for the Adirondack Journal. My focus will be on providing compelling stories that directly influence readers lives whether its an issue that impacts their pocketbook; affects their familys health, safety or welfare; stirs their sense of justice; or touches their heart, said Randall. Randall was employed at The Post Star for a decade as a staff writer, earning 19 national and statewide awards for news coverage. His awards include a first place National Headliner Award for spot news of state 9/11 coverage in 2002; National Excellence in Journalism Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2005; multiple awards from the Associated Press for depth reporting, best feature story, continuing coverage, and spot news; the New York Newspaper Publishers Association Award of Excellence for distinguished feature writing in 2003, and distinguished breaking news in 1999 and 2000. Randalls work received national exposure in Tom Brokaws To War and Back television special in December 2005. His writing was published on the MSNBC Web site, highlighting the story of seven young guardsmen deploying to Iraq and seeing them come home after one of their own was killed. Randall is also an award-winning photographer. Gereau encourage readers to contact Randall with article ideas, news of interest and other feedback. Randall can be reached at thom@denpubs.com. I am very happy to be back at work for Denton Publications. The companys resources, circulation and readership are unmatched in their territory, said Randall. The Adirondack Journal is one of 10 weekly Denton Publications community newspapers. The newspaper serves readers in Adirondack, Athol, Bolton Landing, Brant Lake, Chestertown, Diamond Point, Lake George, Pottersville, Stone Creek and Warrensburg

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