We suppose it's about time to announce that Nathan Brown, who has been a reporter here at the Enterprise for just shy of four years, is leaving us at the end of this week to work for a bigger paper downstate. His last day will be Friday.
Nate will start in October with the Times Herald-Record, which is based in Middletown and covers the broad expanse of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties in New York, plus Pike County, Pa. and Sussex County, N.J. He'll get the paper's hometown city hall beat; Middletown has about 26,000 people. The paper's circulation is roughly 80,000.
We're proud to have another Enterprise alumnus move up to a bigger paper. Others work in the newsrooms of the Albany Times Union, Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton, Post-Star of Glens Falls, Poughkeepsie Journal and Journal-News of Westchester County. At the Times Herald-Record, Nate follows 1980s Enterprise reporter Chris Mele, who was city editor there before crossing over into Pennsylvania to become executive editor of the Pocono Record.
Replacing Nate here will be Chris Morris, who grew up in Saranac Lake and for the last two years has been news director of WNBZ and the other Mountain Communications radio stations. Chris will start here Monday, Sept. 26, covering the same beats as Nate: Lake Placid, North Elba, Essex County, politics and a few scattered other things. They are beats Chris knows well and covers already, so he should flow right in. He will also continue the Election Inbox political blog Nate has maintained on our website since 2009.
Chris is friendly and inquisitive, full of local knowledge, contacts and experiences. He's an avid reader and a good writer to boot. He's come a long, long way since he used to intern in our sports department in high school, and we expect great things from him.
Still, replacing Nate is going to be one heck of a chore. He's a machine; rare is the reporter who could crank out so many stories so quickly, and so free of errors. He is meticulously fair and accurate, and extraordinarily intelligent and learned. Plus, he's a great guy to be around in general.
While Nate's seriousness won him awards for investigative reporting (2008, on the town of Franklin's highway superintendent scandal) and breaking news coverage (2009, on a dog stabbed to death in Saranac Lake), it was his wit that earned him honors for headline writing in 2010 ("Fuming but still smoking," for another reporter's story about higher cigarette prices not driving people to quit), as well as some snappy leads. Here's a possible favorite, from his Jan. 26, 2008, feature on Camp Gabriels' 11-year history as a prison, college dorm and tuberculosis sanatorium: "Except, arguably, for the decade or so when it was a forestry college, nobody who came to Camp Gabriels ever really wanted to be there."
This is a big step up for Nate, and a feather in our cap. We'll miss him and hope he keeps in touch.
Meanwhile, please join us in welcoming Chris Morris to our news reporting team.