Dear Readers,

If the last year has taught me anything, it’s that Central New York craves more local news. In the next 10 years, the region is expected to ramp up at least three major infrastructure and employment projects: Micron, the teardown of the Interstate 81 viaduct, and the revamping of public housing on Syracuse’s South Side.

This time will be an inflection point for the region. We can’t wait to cover the transformation, holding all those involved accountable and telling stories other outlets just can’t tell. 

As we prepare to bring you in depth coverage of these issues, we want to share a staff update. Our founding Editor-in-Chief Julie McMahon recently left Central Current. Over the last 18 months, Julie helped Central Current off the launch pad while winning five Syracuse Press Club awards in the process. 

“I am and will forever be proud of what Central Current has accomplished in less than two years of publishing,” Julie said. “While I am stepping down from my role as editor, I will continue to support this important public resource with a monthly donation and encourage others to do the same. In the years to come, I believe Central Current will become more and more of an integral resource for people living and making decisions in Central New York. I am confident that the future is bright for Central Current and look forward to seeing what the staff and next leadership team will achieve during this next chapter.”

We wish Julie the best in her future endeavors. I’ll be taking leadership of the organization’s editorial operations as interim managing editor. I’m excited for the opportunity. 

In the coming weeks and months, we will be looking for two more permanent leaders: a managing editor and an executive director. 

Think you’re up for the challenge? Read a bit more about the managing editor position below: 

Managing Editor

The managing editor will be responsible for the editorial direction of Central Current as well as editing and assigning stories, managing freelance assignments and collaborating with the reporters already on staff.  

Central Current currently has two reporters, one who covers government, accountability and equity and another who covers arts and culture. 

The editor will report directly to Central Current’s board of directors on editorial matters.  

  • Compensation: $50,000 to $70,000 – Commensurate with experience
  • Benefits – Health insurance, dental and eye care, retirement plan, professional development, generous PTO benefits

Read more about the position here.

If you’d like to apply, you can send a cover letter and resume to

Detailed information on the executive director position will be available in the near future.

Our team is looking forward to embracing new leadership while maintaining our commitment to cover the stories most important to Central New York. I can’t wait to see what’s next. 

Chris Libonati, interim managing editor

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