The Capital Gazette
“I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper.” That tweet by Capital Gazette reporter Chase Cook became a rallying cry.
On June 28, a man with a grudge against the Annapolis-based newspaper stormed the newsroom and killed five staff members: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.
Through unimaginable grief and terror, the newspaper staff united behind the leadership of editor Rick Hutzell to not only cover the story but never miss publishing an edition. Reporters and photographers used a Westfield Annapolis Mall garage, across the street from the newspaper, as their temporary newsroom as police investigated the shooting.
The staff was later honored by Time Magazine on one of four covers for Time’s annual Person of the Year issue focusing on “The Guardians and the War on Truth.”
As editor of Capital Gazette Communications, Hutzell not only supervises The Capital Gazette but also the Maryland Gazette, the Crofton West County Gazette and the Bowie Blade-News. A lifelong Maryland resident, Hutzell came to The Capital Gazette in 1987 as an assistant city editor, later moving to the business editor position.
The Maryland Gazette appointed him editor in 2006 and he joined the company’s editorial board in 2013. A year later, he was named assistant editor of Capital Gazette Communications. Hutzell has held his current position since 2015.