---- — Greg Klein has been promoted to editor of the Cooperstown Crier.
Klein, 43, has been with the Crier since January, when he was hired as a reporter. The Cooperstown resident was previously a clerk in the sports department of The Daily Star, and a contributing writer at that newspaper and the Crier. He fills a position vacated by Michelle Miller, who left the Crier to pursue other opportunities.
Klein said he is excited to take over as editor. “I am grateful for the opportunity,” he added.
Daily Star publisher Mitchell D. Lynch praised Klein, noting that, “we’re fortunate to have Greg already in our Crier office. His local knowledge of the area, as he is a resident and he works at the Cooperstown Crier, will be a great asset to the readers.”
“I have a lot of respect for what my predecessors Jim (Austin) and Michelle (Miller) did in this position,” Klein said. “I hope to live up to the standards they set.”
A Syracuse native raised in the state of Maryland, Klein graduated from Auburn University in 1992 and returned to the area in 2011 to raise his son, now 8.
Klein studied journalism in college, but his career has included acting (he played a Russian henchman in season six of the Fox television show “24”), and he is preparing to produce and direct a movie trailer in 2014. Klein is the author of “The King of New Orleans,” a biography of professional wrestler Sylvester Ritter better known as the Junkyard Dog.
Klein said he hopes to continue to produce a community newspaper that Cooperstown-area residents turn to for news, sports, features and opinions.
“This is information that you can’t always get on television, on the Internet or in other papers,” Klein noted. “Community news is one of the few areas of print journalism that is still relatively healthy. My biggest goal is to ensure that we continue to have a local newspaper worth reading and that is trusted by its readers.”
Klein is joined on staff by reporter Bera Dunau, 25. Dunau covered business news and general assignment reporting for The Daily Star before joining the Crier staff.
A native of Hancock, Dunau is a 2010 graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. Before returning to the local area earlier this year, Dunau was a general assignment staff reporter at the Berkshire Beacon in Lenox, Mass.
Jessica Reynolds will join The Daily Star’s staff as a reporter on Monday. A native of Andes, Reynolds received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the State University College at Oneonta with a minor in journalism in 2012.
“We’re excited to have a local graduate come be part of The Daily Star team,” Lynch said.
Reynolds, who has been a contributing writer to the newspaper since August, will report on local colleges and health care.