A veteran journalist with more than 30 years experience begins work today as staff writer and reporter covering the fishing industry and Gloucester’s waterfront for the Gloucester Daily Times.
Sean Horgan, a native of Danvers who grew up on the North Shore, then worked at newspapers from New England to Dallas, comes to the Times after serving as lead investigative reporter with the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News.
At the Times, he will be working in a beat designed to pick up coverage that had been carried out by the late Richard Gaines, who died suddenly June 9 at the age of 69 after a more than 40-year career in journalism, including the last 10 at the Gloucester Daily Times covering Gloucester City Hall and then focusing squarely on the fishing industry.
Times Editor Ray Lamont said that Horgan’s experience in the newspaper industry and in investigative work should prove an excellent fit for carrying coverage of the fishing industry forward, and in looking into other stories along the city’s waterfront and elsewhere.
“Sean brings a great deal of experience to the table, and is enthusiastic about diving into this beat at such an important time,” Lamont said. “I have said all along that we cannot truly replace Richard Gaines, but that we would be naming a successor. Sean is not replacing Richard; he is, however, ready, willing and able to advance the stories and coverage that Richard had delivered, and we’re very proud to welcome him to our news team.”
“I’m looking forward to being back on the North Shore,” said Horgan, who grew up in Marblehead, then later lived in Salem, where he worked as public affairs reporter with the then- Salem Evening News from 1983-85. “I’m also looking forward to covering this industry in such as important time as it is evolving and facing the hard realities fishermen are facing today.”
After his stint in Salem, Horgan went on to work as a business writer with The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio’s state capital and then returning to New England as a business writer with The Patriot Ledger in Quincy in 1986-87.
An avid baseball enthusiast, Horgan then crossed over into working as a sportswriter and columnist. He served as beat writer covering the Boston Red Sox from 1987 through 1995 for The Hartford Courant, as a sports business and enterprise writer with the Indianapolis Star from 1997 through 2000, then as beat writer covering the Texas Rangers for the Dallas Morning News from 2005 through 2009.
In those beats, as in news beats, Horgan worked on a number of investigative and sports business enterprise projects, before moving back to the East Coast, first with The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and then in Savannah.
At the Times, Horgan can be reached at 978-283-7000, ext. 3464, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.