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Meet the County Historian

photo County Historian Bill Buell standing next to the historical marker at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady's Stockade.A Glenville native, Bill attended the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central Schools and graduated in 1971. He also went to SUNY-Schenectady and the University at Albany where he earned a bachelors degree in history.

Bill spent more than forty years as a Gazette reporter, first working in the sports department for two decades and then as a feature writer in the news department for another two decades. As a sportswriter his beats included tennis, boxing and bowling, and in the features department he focused on local theater, personal profiles and stories dealing with local history.

He continues as a regular contributor to the Gazette, writing occasional feature stories as well as monthly columns on local history and racquet sports.

Bill has talked to some of the biggest names in sports, including Mike Tyson and Billie Jean King, and has also interviewed major stars in the entertainment industry, including Carol Burnett and Pete Seeger, to name just a few.

He has also won numerous writing awards, including a New York Press Award for his series on the history of the General Electric Company. He has also produced three books; “George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady,” “Historic Schenectady County,” and “Historic Albany: City and County.”