We’re nearly done announcing our speakers for TEDxBuffalo 2013. Today, we’re excited to announce one of our final speakers for our Oct. 15 event is the editor and a vice president of The Buffalo News, Mike Connelly.

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Mike Connelly

Michael Connelly

The Buffalo News

About: Mike Connelly is editor of The Buffalo News, joining the newspaper in October 2012. Before The News, he spent nearly nine years as executive editor of the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla. Under his leadership, the Herald-Tribune won its first Pulitzer Prize and had two other projects that were Pulitzer finalists.

He started his career in 1981 at The Wall Street Journal, working in New York, Miami and Chicago. He has also worked at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Baltimore Sun and Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C., where he was vice president for operations, then vice president for product development. In Florida, he served on the board of the Florida First Amendment Foundation and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.

He is a native of Iowa and a graduate of the University of Iowa.