Rex Smith
Albany Times Union
Rex Smith was named editor of the Albany Times Union in July 2002. Previously, Smith had been the paper's managing editor/news.

Smith has spent over two decades in newspaper reporting and editing, including 15 in New York State's Capital Region. He has been a key player on the team that helped the Times Union win recognition as the best newspaper in its circulation class in New York State.

Smith has spent 11 years in journalism in key editing roles with Capital Region newspapers, but his introduction to the area came in 1987 when he was named Albany bureau chief and national correspondent for Newsday, the Long Island newspaper he joined as a reporter in 1980.

In 1991, he became editor of The Record in Troy, N.Y., before joining the Times Union in 1995 as managing editor/news. He still lives in Troy.

Smith began his newspaper career in 1974 as managing editor of the Rensselaer Republican in Rensselaer, Ind., then worked as a legislative aide and press secretary to U.S. Rep. Floyd Fithian, D-Ind., from 1975 to 1979 before going to graduate school.

He holds a bachelor of arts, cum laude, in American studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a master of science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Smith is a past president of the New York State Associated Press Association, was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2001 and 2002, and is a host of "The Media Project," a nationally syndicated weekly program produced by Northeast Public Radio.

The Times Union has a daily circulation of 101,210 and a Sunday circulation of 147,059 (Audit Bureau of Circulation, March 2002).