7505 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA
Frederick Gaskins
Team Editor I
My Role

Metro Editor

I work with and guide a dedicated group of more than 25 editors and reporters who cover local news in the Hampton Roads area. Together, we write about local government, the military, social and political issues, and the latest business news.
My Biography

I’ve been Metro Editor at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. for more than two years. Before that, I was assistant metro editor for almost three years.

Before coming to Newport News I spent almost 20 years at USA TODAY serving as copy editor, page designer, newsmakers editor, crime and justice editor, transportation editor and — for want of a better description — coordinating national editor in the main newsroom.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, I began my career as a police reporter in Ithaca, N.Y., where the highlight of my first few weeks on the job was escaping from the local YMCA as it burned to the ground. Less than two years later, I moved to Binghamton, N.Y., about 60 miles South, to cover social services. I gave up reporting after a few years and became a copy editor, copy desk chief and Sunday editor before moving to Washington, D.C. to work at USA TODAY.

Over the course of my career I have survived and written about … the arson fire that destroyed the YMCA, edited an award-winning series of articles for USA TODAY that asked the question “Is the Drug War Racist?,” and fought against traffic and surging crowds to get to work in Roslyn, Va., after seeing a passenger jet slam into the Pentagon on sept. 11, 2001.

I joined the Daily Press in 2004 as assistant metro editor responsible for crime coverage and coverage of Newport News, Hampton, the military, the state and the region. I became metro editor, responsible for all local news coverage, in the summer of 2008.