Starting Monday, reporter Michelle Miller will take over as editor. The 2003 Morris Central School graduate grew up in the area and is excited to be able to develop her career locally.
“I know the people and grew up in the general area, so I have more of a connection to what is happening. I’ve enjoyed reporting and made a lot of connections,” the 28-year-old Milford resident said.
Miller, who graduated with a dual degree in journalism and public relations, said her favorite stories include highlighting the accomplishments of local people, especially students. Being a baseball fan, she said she also likes covering events at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“Cooperstown provides a unique opportunity to get to meet a lot of the legends of the diamond. Events like Induction Weekend also bring other celebrity figures to the small village,” she said.
Miller said she has enjoyed working at The Crier, where she started in 2007, because she is able to be involved with not only reporting, but can take on other responsibilities, including layout and taking pictures.
“A smaller weekly newspaper provides more opportunity to use a variety of skills other than just writing,” she said.
Working so closely with Austin, she said she is not nervous about her new responsibilities.
“We’ve worked more as a team, so I have been able to get a pretty good grasp on things,” Miller said.
She said she hopes Austin enjoys his retirement.
Lynch said because of Miller’s “dedication, work ethic and experience, we could not think of anyone better to assume the role.”
Pollak said, “Her genuine affection for the people she brings the news to each week will serve her well as she takes on the role of editor of The Crier.”
Greg Klein, who lives in Fly Creek, started as a reporter Monday. The 42-year-old was a clerk in the sports department of The Daily Star and a contributing writer at that newspaper and The Crier before starting in his new post.