Gazette appoints new opinion editor

  • Chad Cain.

Published: 2/20/2019 8:05:58 AM

Dear readers, I’m writing to share some important news: I recently appointed Chad Cain as the Gazette’s new opinion editor. He will be in charge of the Amherst Bulletin’s opinion page as well. 

Chad has worked at the Gazette for nearly 12 years, in a number of different roles, including general assignment reporter, special sections editor and night managing editor. He also has years of experience working on the Gazette opinion page. He is a great fit for this position — fair and evenhanded — and I’m excited to see him in this new role.

I’ll still be very involved with the opinion page as editor in chief and as a member of the editorial board, but I’m happy to see the page get the full attention it deserves.

To celebrate the occasion, we brought back a favorite feature of the past, the “ID” column, and asked our UMass intern Angela Kirchner to uncover some interesting tidbits about your new opinion editor.

Please continue to send your letters and columns to We look forward to hearing from you.

ID: Chad Cain

City of residence: Holyoke 

Place of birth: Colville, Washington

Who lives with you: My wife, Meg, a veterinarian, and our three kids, Nicholas, 12, Owen, 10, and Emily, 8.

Education: I went to high school near Spokane in Washington state. I went to the University of Montana for college. I majored in journalism and minored in history.

Pets: A dog, Champ, and two cats, Goldie and Millie.

Hobbies: Mostly kid things, hiking with the kids, biking with the kids. I coach basketball for my middle child right now. 

Five things you can’t live without: Coffee in the morning, comedy shows at night, the newspaper, my family, and fantasy sports.

Favorite movie: “A River Runs Through It,” based on the Norman Maclean book.

Last big item you bought: A Chrysler Town & Country van. Practical purchase.

Top of your bucket list: There are two trips I want to take. I want to go to Italy in the next couple of years. My brother and his family are living there. I also want to go to Denmark. My wife’s family had an exchange student from there when she was in high school, and they invited us to come stay with them.

Life-changing experience: The biggest is having kids. Nothing quite as life-changing as that.

Strangest job you’ve had: I worked at a gravel pit in college. I drove a small tractor and moved gravel from one pile to another. I drove a school bus, too.

One thing you would change about yourself: Get in better shape.

Latest tweet or Facebook status: I don’t use Facebook regularly, and I haven’t tweeted in years.

Little-known fact about you: I was Homecoming King.

What sets you off? People who are rude.  

Best advice you’ve ever gotten: From my dad, who said you’ll have lots of friends in your life, but you’ll only have a few you can call good friends, so keep them. 

Favorite sports teams: The Seattle Seahawks and Gonzaga basketball.

What gives you the creeps? Spiders and snakes.

People who knew you in high school thought you were: A nice guy. I got along with everybody.

Parting shot: I just hope I’ll be able to continue the success this page has had over the years. I’m following some great editors. I hope we keep getting lots of letters like we’ve had, and lots of columnists. And we welcome any ideas anyone has.

Compiled by Angela Kirchner

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