Thane Grauel, the new executive editor of the Westport Journal.

By John Schwing

WESTPORT — Thane Grauel, a veteran journalist who has covered news in southwestern Connecticut and nearby New York for more than three decades, has been named executive editor of the Westport Journal.

He succeeds founding Executive Editor Jarret Liotta, who plans to move on at month’s end to focus on photography and video projects.

“Thane’s reporting for Westport Journal has been very strong. I’m looking forward to him applying his well-honed editing skills to the news we present to our readers,”  Doug Weber, the publisher, said in a statement announcing the change.

Crediting Liotta’s role in launching the Westport Journal a year ago, Weber said, “Jarret established the voice of Westport Journal — accurate, well-sourced, precise and delightful to read. I’ll miss his passion and sense of humor.”

Westport Journal, during its inaugural year under Liotta’s editorship, has published more than 1,700 articles, now reaches over 24,000 visitors monthly and has more than 2,500 newsletter subscribers.

“It’s been a sincere honor to help launch WJ and make it a viable part of Westport’s community eco-system,” Liotta said. “While I’m leaving to concentrate on my film and photography work, I look forward to continuing my relationship with the publication on a freelance basis.”

Grauel, a journalist for 34 years, was a reporter at the Westport News, managing editor at the Westport Minuteman, editor of The Hour in Norwalk, assistant Fairfield County editor at the Connecticut Post and a reporter for the New Haven Advocate, Fairfield County Advocate, the Journal News and Journal Inquirer. His work has appeared in newspapers nationwide, including USA Today.

Four generations of Grauel’s family have called Westport home. His great-grandparents built a Cape on Cockenoe Drive that remains to this day, the second-oldest house on the island. His late father was an artist, cab driver and movie projectionist, and his mother a chef and artist. 

He attended kindergarten through sixth grade at King’s Highway Elementary School before moving to Milford. Along the way, he delivered local newspapers and recalls chasing police cars and firetrucks on his 10-speed bicycle.

Grauel graduated from the University of Connecticut, and is a Navy veteran and scoutmaster. He lives in Norwalk with his wife, Lisa Ganga, a communications manager for the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, and their teenage children, Nathaniel and Lillian.

John Schwing, the Westport Journal consulting editor, has held senior editorial and writing posts at southwestern Connecticut media outlets for four decades. Learn more about us here.