Bailey named Register editorial page editor

December 9, 2018 GMT

Veteran journalist Hugh Bailey has been named editorial page editor for the New Haven Register and Connecticut Post.

“I’m looking forward to working with the communities in the Bridgeport and New Haven areas as the state moves forward under a new governor with plenty of challenges ahead,” Bailey said.

Bailey has been editor of Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s business pages since 2016. He previously worked as deputy editorial page editor for the Connecticut Post under Michael J. Daly.

“Hugh Bailey is one of the most capable, straightforward and insightful people I’ve ever worked with,” Daly said. “He will bring those qualities and more to this position, all to the benefit of the readers of those pages.”

Bailey studied history and journalism at the University of Connecticut and has a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University. He was a 2013 recipient of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, presented by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational arm of the Society of Professional Journalists.

“Hugh brings not only erudition to the job,” Daly added. “His experience on the ground as a reporter earned him the respect of his peers.”

Bailey’s fellowship project involved eight months of reporting that resulted in the three-part “Ruins Reborn” project about brownfield reclamation in the United States and Germany.

“Connecticut’s urban areas are vital to its future well-being, and I hope to help lead the discussion on how its two largest cities can help set the state’s agenda,” said Bailey, who resides in Oxford with his wife and two sons.

In his new role, Bailey will collaborate with Jacqueline Smith, editorial page editor of the Danbury News-Times and Norwalk Hour, and Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time Editorial Page Editor John Breunig.

“Bringing people together to confront the community’s biggest problems and explore its greatest opportunities is one of the most important roles a local newspaper can play,” said Matt DeRienzo, vice president of news and digital content for Hearst Media Connecticut Group, which consists of eight daily newspapers, 13 weeklies and 21 news websites. “Hugh’s knowledge and thoughtfulness about these questions makes him well-suited for this job. But he’ll be relying on and helping facilitate the collective voices of readers and community stakeholders to be successful.”