Sheila Rayam, (pictured above) a Rochester native and SUNY Buffalo State graduate, spent 30 years at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle after graduating from Buffalo State. Her most recent position was executive editor of the Mohawk Valley news operations, which included the Utica Observer-Dispatch since April 2021.*
An accomplished, experienced journalist, Ms. Rayam, 55, will start her new position at the Buffalo News on August 22 making her not only the first African American, but the second woman to serve as executive editor at the Buffalo News* in its 142-year history.
Congratulations Ms. Rayam!*