The Press News Group last week welcomed Laura Weir as the new editor of The East Hampton Press.
Ms. Weir joined the company after a two-month-long search for a candidate with journalism experience and familiarity with the area.
According to Joseph Shaw, the executive editor of The Press News Group, Ms. Weir has demonstrated both. “Laura brings an energy and enthusiasm to the job, along with a great deal of experience in East Hampton Town,” he said on Thursday.
Ms. Weir, a Wainscott resident, said she wants The East Hampton Press to continue offering stories about what matters to East Hampton residents.
“I like a very community-oriented paper that focuses on the people and on stories that people don’t really hear about,” she said last week, her first at the paper. “I’d like to answer questions that people would like the answers to.”
Additionally, Ms. Weir said accuracy and fairness is a crucial part to any newspaper.
“I believe I have an innate sense of fairness, and I am also very persnickety about details,” she said. “Getting to the truth and the heart of the matter is the issue, and being accurate is very important. I think I have that penchant for wanting to be fair without sacrificing the heart of the story.”
Ms. Weir has a background in media, from community newspapers to radio and internet news outlets.
The Stony Brook University grad took her first steps in journalism at Networking Magazine in Westhampton and the Smithtown Messenger newspaper group, working as the managing editor at both publications. In 2003, Ms. Weir was hired as the editor of the Times of Smithtown, where she won awards from the New York Press Association for her election coverage and her feature writing. After some time working as the public relations specialist for the Suffolk County Police Department, working with local and national media in TV, radio and print, and for the Long Island Housing Partnership as its special projects coordinator and grant writer, she returned to newspapering as managing editor at the Hampton News in Hampton Bays and at Patch.com as a local editor.
For the last two years, Ms. Weir worked as a legislative aide in the New York State Assembly district office in Riverhead.
Now returning to news, she said she’s back to doing what she was born to do.
“I love to write,” she said. “I like to pass along information and tell a story. Once I got the bug for news, I couldn’t resist.”
Ms. Weir, 45, was formerly the interim recording secretary for the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance. She was recently inducted into the Maidstone Gun Club, where she enjoys trap shooting.
She has lived in East Hampton since her college years and now lives with her three dogs and a cat—Rusty, Happy, Skipper and Treble.