Brendel named new Executive Editor of Compass

Patrick Brendel

We are pleased to announce that Patrick Brendel is the new Executive Editor of the Cayman Compass, with responsibility for the print newspaper and the website.

Patrick Brendel
Patrick Brendel

Mr. Brendel joined the Compass in 2011. Since 2013, he has been the Editorial Writer for the newspaper and a member of the Compass’s Editorial Board.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, as well as a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He has experience as a reporter and editor for publications (both online and in print), mainly in Texas.

He is married to Rachael Brendel, a professional accountant who is Caymanian. They have three children and reside in George Town.

Mr. Brendel’s appointment as Executive Editor does not have any immediate effect on other management positions in the Compass newsroom.

Mr. Brendel reports directly to the Publisher, David R. Legge, who remains Editor-in-Chief. Norma Connolly remains Managing Editor of the Compass, a position she has held since 2013.

In making the announcement, Mr. Legge said that “Patrick is a most-extraordinary publishing professional. He brings to his new post not only a tireless work ethic (he sends out emails well into the night, and they begin again at about 5:30 the next morning), but also the highest of journalistic standards.

“Importantly, in addition to being a fine writer, he is a prolific reader, well-schooled in classical literature, history, politics, economics and both local and global affairs.

“All of us at Pinnacle Media congratulate Patrick on his expanded role at the Compass. We, and Cayman, are fortunate to have him.”

If you value our service, if you have turned to us in the past few days or weeks for verified, factual updates, if you have watched our live streaming of press conferences or sent an article to a friend... please consider a donation. Quality local journalism was at risk before the coronavirus crisis. It is now deeply threatened. Even a small amount can go a long way to sustaining our mission of informing the public. We need our readers’ financial support now more than ever.