It also came months after the May 14 mass shooting at the Tops Friendly Market in a predominantly Black neighborhood of East Buffalo. An 18-year-old white gunman espousing a white supremacist ideology was charged in the shooting, which left 10 dead and three injured, almost all of them Black, in one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent American history.
The attack has left the city reeling.
“Looking from afar, I was heartbroken,” Ms. Rayam said, adding that the city was still healing. “But I’m hopeful that we will be part of a discussion that helps the community to grow together, and grow stronger.”
In her new role as executive editor, Ms. Rayam said, she planned to continue leading the paper to cover the city in its entirety. “We’re going to look at everything from food insecurity, to public safety, to how residents are supporting each other.”
The News, with a print circulation of about 56,000, is among the largest in the state outside of the New York City area, but like many other medium-sized regional papers, it was ravaged by the pandemic, and had to impose pay cuts and furlough staff.