One of the things we like to do from time to time is an in-depth personality profile on a newsmaker.
When Elise Stefanik was first running for political office, we assigned one of our feature writers – we had those at the time – to visit with her at her parents’ home in Willsboro and hang out with her for the day.
The goal was to get a story about who this person is, and what they are all about.
We used the same treatment on Travis Whitehead for a Sunday story this week.
Whitehead has made a name for himself as a citizen advocate in Warren County and Queensbury. Recently, he announced he was going to run for town supervisor in Queensbury.
It occurred to us that we didn’t know a lot about Travis beyond his professional resume. I wasn’t sure if he was married or had kids or what. I talked to reporter Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli about doing a personality profile to introduce our readers into who Travis is and what he is all about.
Because he has announced for political office, we did not want to the story to be about politics or issue so she steered clear of those issues.
We felt if we were going to do a story like this, we should do it now before the campaigning really kicks in later in the year.
The result was outstanding and I learned a lot about the Travis Whitehead away from public meetings.