Chronicle-Express eliminates most local staff, positions as Gannett slashes local media

Big changes were announced on Wednesday at a local newspaper in Penn Yan.

The weekly Chronicle-Express, owned by Gannett Co., which serves the largest part of Yates County noted that Publisher Karen Morris, Sales Manager Candy Scutt, and Sales Executive Cheryl Maslyn have all been let go.

The cuts at the 196-year-old weekly come three months after the announcement that longtime editor Gwen Chamberlain was let go. Her position was eliminated by the company after November 2019’s merger New Media Investment Group and Gannett.

The USA TODAY reported after the sale that the combined company will achieve hundreds-of-millions in savings by “shredding overlapping costs in a challenging time for the local news industry.”

“The needs of Finger Lakes advertisers will continue to be served by The Chronicle-Express,” Senior Director of Sales Rick Emanuel said.

“Gannett values the Penn Yan market as being an integral part of the Finger Lakes,” Emanuel continued. “We look forward to serving both our readers and our advertisers in the future.”

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