Tim Anderson: Editor’s influence will be missed

Published: 1/4/2021 5:36:14 PM

The impact of the pandemic has been wide reaching. In addition to the obviously grave health toll, we have lost numerous restaurants, businesses and so much more. It seems no aspect of our lives has been spared. And so it shouldn’t surprise me that our beloved hometown newspaper, the one you are currently reading, has also been impacted by the pandemic.

I was very disheartened to read that Brooke Hauser, formerly the editor in chief of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, has been let go. Her introductory columns to the Weekend section, back when that are was her responsibility, were “must-reads” for me. It was obvious Ms. Hauser cared about her readers’ interests; her columns directly mentioned the feedback she received and how they influenced her editorial choices.

When Ms. Hauser became editor in chief, we did not hear as regularly from her. Yet her efficacy was clear: the Gazette continued to balance articles of national and international news, with the local. And it wasn’t just news: gardening tips, sports and slices of life continued to shine throughout the Gazette. Important new voices have been included — Francie Lin and Tolley Jones are among the talented writers who now share their perspectives and have become “must read.”

And perhaps most significant during Ms. Hauser’s time as editor, the expansion to include Holyoke in the coverage. The Gazette went from Northampton/Amherst/Hadley/Easthampton-centric to covering most of the entire Valley. I believe we are all that much richer through the increased awareness of our wider community.

I cannot claim to understand the financial mechanisms of a regional newspaper during a pandemic. I have no doubt that the publisher was forced to make difficult choices. I will continue to subscribe to the Gazette, but I will miss Brooke Hauser’s work.

Even when we no longer had weekly columns from her, the overall excellence of the Gazette attested to her presence. Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Ms. Hauser; us readers are that much better due to your efforts.

Tim Anderson


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Northampton, MA 01061


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