DAY NEWSROOM: NEWS EDITORS
Night City Editor
A graduate of the State University of New York at Potsdam with a dual degree in English and art, Jacinta Meyers worked as an archaeologist and then as an editor at a publishing house before stumbling into the field of journalism. Here at The Day, she is honored to oversee its award-winning newsroom five nights a week as the night city editor. She also produces the SunDay Cartoons with her partner in ink, Day Editorial Page Editor Paul Choiniere, as well as occasional illustrations, page designs and reporting.
Meyers is a 2014 transplant to southeastern Connecticut, where she constantly discovers similarities with her hometown area in Northern New York.
Like Groton, NNY has a military base that plays a major role in the local economy: Fort Drum. There's Watertown, a decaying former industrial city on a wild river, with a small but passionate populace determined to revitalize – just like Pawcatuck. It has a strong maritime identity in Clayton, the Mystic of NNY (instead of a seaport, there's the Antique Boat Museum), as well as other quaint villages along the shoreline: Sackets Harbor and Cape Vincent, so much like Essex and Stonington. The interior is farm country, with Carthage, Lowville, LaFargeville and Black River so similar to Montville, Ledyard, North Stonington and Salem. There's pockets of old money and mansions: Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands (it's not just a salad dressing!), which is like a combination of New London and Old Lyme, as well as Ogdensburg and Gouverneur, which are so much like New London and Norwich.
NNY has a Native American tribe, the proud Mohawks, and their casino in Hogansburg. There's an independent newspaper company, Johnson Newspapers, with its Watertown Daily Times. Like Preston's Norwich State Hospital, there's the shuttered St. Lawrence State Hospital, parts of which became a state prison while most of the other buildings were abandoned. Of course, NNY also has its own Millstone: the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station in Oswego. While NNY's Interstate 81 is much quieter than southeastern Connecticut's 95, both regions have big bridges and lots of colleges and rivers. Each region even has an area named Oswegatchie, and each has a Route 11 with expressway conversion plans that never seem to materialize.
So, even though she's had to trade the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway for the Long Island Sound, and Potsdam sandstone for Westerly granite, Meyers felt at home here right away. She especially doesn't miss lake-effect snow, nor the long stretches of minus-30 degree days in Februarys.
Meyers is a self-taught photographer and amateur historian with a penchant for the long 18th century. Many things fascinate her. When she's not working or volunteering in her community, she can be found wandering parks and snapping pictures, sketching in a cafe or visiting one of the region's many wonderful museums..
By Jacinta Meyers