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Tim Atseff on The Campbell Conversations

By Grant Davis Reeher


Oswego, NY – Prior to his recent retirement, Tim Atseff had worked 46 years for The Syracuse Post-Standard, starting off as a copy boy and working his way up through the art department to become a managing editor for the paper, before creating and editing three regional magazines published by the paper's parent company Central New York Magazine (sometimes called The Good Life), CNY Business Exchange, and Central New York Sports. In this interview, he looks back at his time with the paper, and reflects on the new economic challenges the industry is facing. He also discusses the highpoints and lowpoints of the paper's performance, its coverage of the Destiny project and its political endorsements, and the business models for the new magazines he created.

Grant Reeher is Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute and a professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is also creator, host and program director of “The Campbell Conversations” on WRVO, a weekly regional public affairs program featuring extended in-depth interviews with regional and national writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals.