The Cannon Beach Gazette welcomes a new editor to its staff this week. R.J. Marx joins the paper, replacing recently retired editor Nancy McCarthy.
Marx comes to the north Oregon coast following an 18-year tenure at The Record-Review, a weekly headquartered in Katonah, New York, about 40 miles north of New York City. Important stories over the years included the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012; the Bedford Central School District’s “Satan Suit,” a legal challenge which helped define the parameters of public school curriculum; and the celebrity adventures (and misadventures) of local residents Martha Stewart, Richard Gere and Donald Trump. Marx managed coverage of land preservation initiatives; the growth of a regional grassroots effort to promote sustainable energy and reduce greenhouse emissions; and the fair and affordable housing settlement between affluent Westchester County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Under his helm, Marx helped guide The Record-Review to editorial and design awards at the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest in 2014. In years past, the newspaper was awarded the prestigious John C. Dorman award for “Best Overall” weekly newspaper in New York four times since 1997.
“I feel I can relate to the North Coast demographic and the community in terms of the issues that are really important here — specifically, the environment, social issues and affordable housing,” Marx said Tuesday. “I’m really looking forward to joining this very strong staff and great bunch of people. So far, my experience has been really terrific in the area, and I really invite everybody to reach out and introduce themselves.”
“Journalism is important to me because journalists, by nature, have to be brave. They have to ask the tough questions. This can lead to change, confront wrongs, and do something positive for the world we live in. I look at journalism as a day-in and day-out process. There are many great moments, but you always know that tomorrow’s going to be another story and another adventure. And I think what I feel proud about is that I’m able to maintain a steady and strong record that I feel proud of over the years.”