LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid News has hired Andy Flynn back as editor.
He will start work editing the weekly newspaper on Monday, Nov. 11. Until then, he is finishing up his duties as assistant managing editor at Denton Publications, and the News is being put together by staff of its sister paper, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
He replaces Richard Rosentreter, who has been the News' editor since 2007.
Flynn's Adirondack journalism career goes back two decades, and he also has experience in public relations, freelancing as a columnist and running his own book publishing company. He was a reporter and editor at the News in the 1990s.
"One major thing I'm looking forward to is being at the helm of the Lake Placid News during the upcoming Winter Olympics, seeing a lot of local athletes and coaches compete, and getting firsthand reports from our staff," Flynn said Wednesday, the day his hiring was announced. The Enterprise and News will send two reporters to Sochi, Russia to cover the games this coming February.
"I really enjoy working for weekly newspapers, especially the Lake Placid News, which is Lake Placid's hometown newspaper - has been since 1904," Flynn said.
Flynn, 44, grew up in Tupper Lake and lives in Saranac Lake. After graduating college and working for the Adirondak Loj, North Country Public Radio and WNBZ/WSLK radio, he began with the Enterprise in 1994 as a reporter. He switched to the News as staff writer in 1996, bounced back to the Enterprise as city editor in January 1998 and returned to the News that October as managing editor. At the end of 1999, he switched back to the Enterprise as managing editor.
His work with the News and Enterprise won many awards from state press associations.
He left the company in 2001 to work for the state of New York as spokesman for the Adirondack Park Agency's Visitor Interpretive Centers in Paul Smiths and Newcomb. On the side, he wrote a regionally syndicated newspaper column called "Adirondack Attic," focused on artifacts from the Adirondack Museum, and he and his wife Dawn bought and published the "Meet the Town" information booklet, which they expanded into multiple editions for different locations. He left the state's employment in 2009 shortly before the APA divested itself of the VICs.
He owns and runs Hungry Bear Publishing, which has published eight of his nonfiction books as well as ones by local writers Randy Lewis and Diane Chase. Flynn's latest two, published this year, are "New York's Adirondack Park: A User's Guide" and "Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories." He is now working on a biography of the Gibson Brothers, one of the U.S.'s most famous bluegrass bands that has its roots in Ellenburg Depot in northern New York.
Flynn is also a correspondent for North Country Public Radio and currently produces two programs for it: "Adirondack Attic" and "New York's Bluegrass Trail."
At Denton since 2010, he has helped manage the news team for six weekly newspapers in northern New York and one in Vermont. As part of that, he has edited the News Enterprise in the central Adirondacks and laid out that paper as well as the Adirondack Journal of Lake George, the Eagle of Middlebury, Vt., and many special sections.
He said he looks forward to reconnecting with people in Lake Placid, noting that he still lives in the same place as he did when he last edited the News.
"It's not like I've been away; I've just been in a different spot," he said.
"We are all excited to have Andy return as Lake Placid News editor," said Catherine Moore, publisher of the News and the Enterprise. "He was always self-motivated (and) goal-oriented, but had a lot to show for any initiative he set forth to do. Being extremely gifted in writing and having a genuine interest in the community, he will make every issue of the Lake Placid News strong and engaging."