SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 31, 2019 -- McClatchy (NYSE American: MNI) today named Adam Smeltz Executive Editor of Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania. Smeltz will assume his new role February 18, 2019. Smeltz started his career in journalism at Centre Daily Times. He was a news reporter in State College for about a decade.
“We’re looking forward to having Adam return home to Centre Daily Times in the role of executive editor and to the passion he’ll bring to an already dynamic team,” said Janet Santostefano, Centre Daily Times President & Publisher. "His positive energy and contagious enthusiasm for both Centre County and independent journalism are evident in every conversation you have with him.”
Smeltz also reported for larger news organizations, including the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where his work included a months-long team investigation into a fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System. And most recently, Smeltz worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he was chosen for a National Press Foundation fellowship and later covered the Pittsburgh City Council, Mayor Bill Peduto and the city's stricken water system.
“To rejoin the newsroom where I came up is a huge opportunity to serve, give back and shepherd the public-service reporting that central Pennsylvania needs to thrive,” Adam Smeltz said. “I’m especially thrilled to work with this staff, which shows the energy, drive and skill to find and unravel the region's biggest untold stories. In the fast-evolving digital age of news, this team is running headlong into the challenges it faces while reinvigorating the CDT's traditional best qualities -- strong community bonds, fierce independence and always putting the reader first."
Smeltz grew up in Pennsylvania’s Jefferson and Centre counties and attended State College Area High School. He then went on to graduate from Penn State University in 2005 with a journalism degree. He plans to reside in Centre County.
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