Rick Hutzell is the editor of Capital Gazette Communications in Annapolis, MD, part of Baltimore Sun Media Group and Tribune Publishing. He oversees the editorial staff of The Capital, the Maryland Gazette, the Crofton West County Gazette and the Bowie Blade-News.
The newspapers and their digital site, capitalgazette.com, are the primary source of news and information for residents of Anne Arundel County. The Capital is the daily newspaper of Annapolis and central and southern Anne Arundel County, while the Maryland Gazette – one of the oldest newspapers in America – is a twice-weekly serving communities in the north and west.
A lifelong Maryland resident, Rick graduated from the University of Virginia at Wise in 1980 and earned a master’s degree in communication sciences from the University of Tennessee in 1983. He started his newspaper career at his hometown newspaper in Ocean City.
Rick joined The Capital in 1987 as an assistant city editor, and later became business editor. In 2006, he was named editor of the Maryland Gazette, and joined the company’s editorial board in 2013. The following year he was named assistant editor of Capital Gazette Communications, overseeing the weekly papers and government reporting. He was promoted to editor in May 2015. His columns on local politics and life have won awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.
He was the president of the 2008 class of Leadership Anne Arundel and served on the boards of the Chesapeake Arts Center, the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce and the West County Chamber of Commerce.
Rick is married to Chara Hutzell, a sales manager at a local hotel. They live in Annapolis and have two children, Evan and Lily. Call him at 410-280-5938, follow him on Twitter @HutzellRick or visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rick.hutzell.