We are thrilled to announce that Christopher Maag, a longtime reporter and columnist at The Record in northern New Jersey, will be joining Metro.
Over his 10-year career in New Jersey, Chris has become one of The Record’s most recognizable voices, working across many different genres.
He has conducted deep investigations into the struggles of the medical testing industry and the way Wall Street funding supports fossil fuel interests. He has told the dramatic story of a woman who outsmarted a serial killer and of the largely forgotten town where Flight 93 came down on 9/11. He has profiled a circus duck named Wrinkle.
“Dogs strain against their leashes. Two dozen people stop, turn and giggle. The young hold out their phones and shoot videos,” he wrote, and then he turned a story about a duck into something much deeper: “This is the primal joy of New York City, to walk outside and see something you never expected to see.”
On Metro, Chris will take on sharp enterprise across a variety of subject areas, jump on big breaking news and mine for narrative stories that bring our region’s vivid characters to life. He will help readers see things they never expected to see.
But it will not be his first byline at The Times. As a stringer for National nearly 20 years ago, Chris told the story of a man who was briefly famous for playing dead, and wrote the definitive profile of the surprisingly robust surfing community in Cleveland.
“Whether Chris was writing about a young opioid addict’s journey through New Jersey’s drug court system or spending a night at the Vince Lombardi Service Area on the New Jersey Turnpike to chronicle ‘a little community of people, all heading someplace else,’ I knew he was going to deliver something that would be surprising, informative, delightful and funny,” said Will Lamb, who was Chris’s editor at The Record. “He also was our go-to person when a big story needed in-depth reporting and the right writing touch. I know he’ll thrive in Metro.”
Chris grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa and Columbia School of Journalism. He starts next week.
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