Richard D. Sanford, editor and publisher
Richard D. Sanford is a third-generation newspaper editor and publisher who began work at the Catskill Mountain News in 1973 as an advertising salesman.
His grandfather, Clark A. Sanford, purchased the News in 1904 and worked as its editor and publisher for 60 years until his death in 1964.
His father, Roswell R. Sanford, began working at the News in 1945 after returning home from Army service in Europe during WWII. He served the paper in various capacities including publisher until his death in 1985.
Richard Sanford is a graduate of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., and Denver University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a political science major. He and his wife Laurie, the newspaper’s business manager, live in the Town of Kortright. Their daughter Abigail, whose photos have appeared on the paper’s sports pages, is completing her sophomore year at the University of Tampa.
Sanford enjoys outdoor sports, is an amateur maple syrup maker and also enjoys making cider in the in the fall with fruit from a home orchard. He is currently a student pilot.
Among other civic activities he was a founding member of the M-ARK Group’s Board of Directors and was its first president. He is also a past director of the New York Press Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Upstate National Bank in Rochester.
Sanford is the father of grown sons, Richard D. Sanford Jr. of New York and Courtney W. Sanford of Los Angeles.