Sheila Rayam Named Executive Editor of Buffalo News—First Black Journalist to Lead Newsroom

From a story on by Jon Harris headlined “Sheila Rayam named executive editor of The Buffalo News; first Black journalist to lead newsroom”:

Longtime journalist Sheila Rayam has been named executive editor of The Buffalo News, the first Black journalist and the second woman to hold the position in The News’ 142-year history.

Rayam has been the executive editor of Gannett’s Mohawk Valley news operations, including the Utica Observer-Dispatch, since April 2021. Prior to that, she spent three decades rising through the ranks at the Democrat & Chronicle after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State. Rayam, a Rochester native, is scheduled to start her new role in Buffalo on Aug. 22.