Amanda Fries elected Guild President. Ken Crowe and Ty Stewart also join the board.

Following the departure of the Guild’s president Brian Nearing, members elected Amanda Fries as the union local’s new President, Ken Crowe as Vice President, and Ty Stewart as board member at-large on the Guild’s Executive Board.

The three elected to the posts will fill the remainder of the terms—all of which end this year—ahead of a full Executive Board election in September.

The election fills vacancies left by the departures of board members Nearing and Jennifer Rodd.

Fries previously was Vice President for the board, elected to the post in 2017. She is the Albany County and city of Albany reporter at the Times Union.

“I look forward to mobilizing our members internally and creating camaraderie among fellow co-workers who work hard each day to deliver the best product to our readers,” Fries said.

Crowe, who has previously served as President of the Guild, rejoins the Board as Vice President. He is the Troy reporter. Stewart is a graphic artist and a new board member.

Their elections occurred at the local’s membership meeting Thursdayat the meeting hall at Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

For those who couldn’t make the meeting and want to learn more about what the Guild is doing, or have questions or concerns, please reach out to

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