John J. DeAugustine has been named publisher of The Daily Gazette, a family-owned daily newspaper based in Schenectady, N.Y. He succeeds John E.N. Hume III, who has been publisher since 1990. Hume, whose family has owned The Gazette for over a century, will remain at the paper as publisher emeritus as well as vice president of the board of directors.
DeAugustine was most recently corporate vice president of circulation for the Hearst Community Newspaper Group, overseeing audience development and operations space for seven daily newspapers and four weekly papers in Texas and Michigan. He was executive vice president and publisher of the Connecticut Post from 2009 through 2012.
Much of his early publishing career was focused on overseeing circulation, or audience development, efforts at companies including the Times Union of Albany and the York Newspaper Co.
"The Gazette's board of directors is pleased to welcome John DeAugustine to be the first non-family publisher of our newspaper," said Elizabeth Lind, board president. "John is a strong leader, with a solid knowledge of our industry and our region. Those qualities will help us continue our tradition of strong journalism and community service as well as to grow in the changing media marketplace."
“There are tremendous opportunities available to The Gazette now,” DeAugustine said. “It's a really exciting time to be in this business. Over the past 15 years, the newspaper industry has changed dramatically. The way we deliver media and the way we monetize our audience is dramatically different now than it was five years ago, and even more different than it was 15 years ago. “
DeAugustine is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where is majored in applied mathematics. In 2009-2010, while publisher of the Connecticut Post, he was also a fellow at Columbia Journalism School's Punch Sulzberger Program, a leadership training initiative for senior news executives.