HORNELL — Jeff Hayden, regional general manager of The Hornell Evening Tribune, Wellsville Daily Reporter and Genesee Country Express, has named Chris Potter as the new regional editor for the three Gatehouse Media newspapers.
Potter will replace John Anderson, who was named the managing editor of the Batavia Daily News. Anderson's last day is today.
"I have worked in Hornell and Wellsville since 1992 and the employees have been like family," said Anderson. "I am going to miss working with so many in the communities and the great relationships we have built. However, the newspaper is very strong in Hornell, Wellsville and Dansville and Chris Potter is a true leader. During his time in Hornell and Wellsville he earned the trust of the readers and those he reported on."
Hayden said, "Over the past 19 years John has built an editorial foundation based on excellence. John is one of the hardest working editors I have had the pleasure of working with. Chris is a very hardworking and dedicated editor. Along with our editorial staff, Chris will continue to deliver excellent daily and weekly products for our readership."
Potter, a 2005 graduate of Scio Central School, earned Communications/Journalism and Political Science degrees from St. John Fisher College.
Potter started his career at The Evening Tribune as a sports and outdoors writer in 2009. He then went on to become the Sports Editor of The Wellsville Daily Reporter in 2014, and then Regional Sports Editor about a year thereafter.
He has been recognized with a number of state awards, including recent honors for overseeing The Spectator Great 8 special section and his Section V basketball coverage.
In addition to writing, he enjoys reading, spending time in the outdoors, following the Bills, Tar Heels and Yankees, and a game of pick-up basketball. He serves on the board of Genesee River Wilds, a local non-profit organization.
"I am excited to take on a bigger role in our Hornell, Wellsville and Dansville newsrooms," said Potter. "Over the years I've spent time in every town in our coverage area, covering games and events while getting to know the people that call our region home and make it such a great place to live. Exciting things are happening in our communities. I look forward to our dedicated staff continuing to provide top-notch coverage both in print and digitally."
Anderson started his career writing sports at the Batavia Daily News and was the sports editor of the Wellsville Daily Reporter before running the Allegany County Bureau of the Olean Times Herald. He came back as managing editor of the Daily Reporter in 2003, then was named editor of the Evening Tribune, Sunday Spectator and Genesee Country Express, serving as a regional editor since 2012. He also broadcasts basketball and football games on WLSV AM790 and has been involved in several organizations in Wellsville from the Duke Hose Fire Company to the Allegany County United Way.
Anderson coached a Little League senior division team to three New York State championship appearances, winning one state title, coached Little League regular season and fall ball, has been the Wellsville American Legion Baseball coach for five years and was a coach and president of the Wellsville Youth Football League and Junior Wrestling. He has also helped coach baseball, wrestling, football and girls volleyball at the high school level while announcing the basketball games.
Between the news and sports departments, Potter and Anderson have worked on and oversaw 30 projects that won first place awards from the Associated Press, New York News Publishers Association and the New York Press Association since 2003.
(Editor's note: Chris Potter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)