HAMBURG — Hamburg native Lizz Schumer has taken the helm at The Sun, taking over for former editor Jessie Owen, who has moved to South Carolina for her husband’s job. Schumer comes to The Sun from the Springville Journal, where she held the position of editor for about a year, following two years as the staff reporter at that paper.
Schumer received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from Saint Bonaventure University in 2008 and her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College in 2013. She is the author of “Buffalo Steel,” released from Black Rose Writing in October, a novel about one girl’s experience of growing up in Buffalo, leaving to find her way, and realizing it led her back to her hometown.
Schumer’s path has followed a similar trajectory, as her career brings her back to the newsroom where she interned as a high school senior.
“I’m excited to be back in Hamburg,” Schumer said. “I love the town where I grew up, and it feels like home, covering the people and places I’ve lived with, all my life.”
Schumer has worked for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Buffalo New NeXt, Buffalo Spree, Buffalo.com, USA Weekend Magazine, Auxiliary Magazine, Produce Business Magazine and others. She also served as the publicity director for the Subversive Theatre Collective, edited the Pitkin Review literary magazine and has written for a number of websites, as an essayist.
She also worked as a special assistant in the area of marketing and public relations for Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, before assisting on Hochul’s successful congressional campaign.
As a creative writer, Schumer’s work has appeared in more than 15 literary magazines, and she was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.
While at the Journal, Schumer’s work received two Local Media Association awards from the national, weekly newspaper organization: an honorable mention for best in-depth reporting and a third-place award for best editorial writing for a piece on politicians’ penchant for spouting off without considering their audiences.
Prior to working at the Journal, Schumer spent several months at the University of East London in London, UK, where she studied writing and literature. She has also studied Shakespeare at Oxford University, spent a semester studying journalism and politics at American University in Washington, D.C. and went to the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy to work on photography and Franciscan philosophy.
A photographer in her spare time, Schumer also taught creative writing and assisted with photography on a National Geographic Student Expeditions trip to Italy and Greece, last summer.
But despite her travels, Schumer said she is always glad to be back home, among familiar faces.
“I love community journalism, because it allows me to meet and learn about local people, local businesses and local events that affect real people, every day,” Schumer said. “Hamburg has always been very near and dear to my heart, and I can’t wait to explore it as a journalist, as well as a resident.”
Schumer said she intends to continue covering the community in an in-depth, unbiased manner, as well as giving local residents the news, features and events that affect them and the community they call home.
The new editor welcomes comments and submissions from readers at 649-4040 ext. 255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.