NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl talked with Times Union (Hearst Newspapers) Editor and Vice President Casey Seiler last Thursday, characterized by Casey as a "remarkable week" for our nation.
The two friends and colleagues -- Paul writes a weekly story for the TU -- discuss the newspaper's coverage of local protests following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, the challenge of increasing diversity in newsrooms, and the unprecedented issues involved with running a newsroom from Casey's attic in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood.
Seiler replaced longtime editor Rex Smith in January 2020. He previously served as senior editor, state editor, and entertainment editor, and was a longtime co-host of WMHT's weekly political roundup "New York Now." Before arriving in Albany in 2000, Seiler worked at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont and the Jackson Hole Guide in Wyoming.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Seiler is a Buffalo native who grew up in Louisville, Ky.