Sukiennik named Vermont Managing Editor at New England Newspapers


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Greg Sukiennik is now the managing editor of New England Newspaper Inc.'s Vermont newspapers, the Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer and Manchester Journal.

Sukiennik, 47, has been editor of the Manchester Journal since October. He began work in the new position on July 3.

"I am humbled, honored and excited by the opportunity to lead all three of our Vermont newspapers," Sukiennik said. "Our ownership's goal is creating the best community newspapers in America, newspapers that love and serve their communities and uphold the First Amendment. I am confident that our talented, committed newsroom professionals in Bennington and Brattleboro will continue to do great things and produce newspapers worthy of readers' loyalty and trust."

Day-to-day operations of the Banner and Reformer newsrooms remain unchanged, according to Sukiennik. Keith Whitcomb Jr. and Mark Rondeau continue as the local editors in Bennington, and Robert Audette and Melanie Winters as the local editors in Brattleboro.

"Greg's experience and background as a reporter and editor in local news with our organization and as a reporter for the Associated Press make him perfectly suited to take on the role of leading our Vermont newsrooms," said Kevin Moran, executive editor and chief content officer of New England Newspapers.

Sukiennik will continue his involvement in the Manchester Journal, with frequent visits to Bennington and Brattleboro. As a result, Moran said the company will hire another journalist to work at the Journal.

Publisher Alan English said "it's great news for the communities we serve to add Greg's strengths across the network."

"Greg will oversee a successor to his previous work as editor in Manchester and take the lead planning more improvements to come," English said. "This will result in an addition in editorial staffing to our operations in Vermont."

The position of Vermont managing editor was eliminated under corporate ownership in 2015, but the organization's new, local owners are bringing the position back, according to Moran.

"Under local ownership now, the company continues to make smart investments in personnel that are aimed at improving the breadth and depth of coverage in Southern Vermont," Moran said. "And we are all looking forward to working together with Greg to constantly improving our journalism."

Sukiennik will be a "hands-on Vermont managing editor who will increase the quality of our reporting which has been the goal of local ownership from the outset," said Fredric D. Rutberg, president of New England Newspapers and one of its owners.

Rutberg said Sukiennik promises to be an "outstanding editor in light of his talent, energy and commitment to journalism."

"His history with our company brings an added dimension to his leadership," Rutberg said.

A 1993 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Sukiennik is a veteran reporter and editor who worked for the Vermont newspapers' sister publication, The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass., for five years as a reporter before continuing on to The Associated Press in Boston, and to in Bristol, Conn.

His career includes awards for coverage of the PCB crisis in Pittsfield in the late 1990s, from a series on the potential cleanup and re-use of the contaminated General Electric Co. industrial site to the discovery of PCB-contaminated fill in city parks and residential properties and negotiations between city, state and federal officials and GE.

Moran said personnel have been added to the Vermont newsrooms in the past year under local ownership, which returned in May 2016, including a reporter at the Reformer, a calendar editor for the newspapers, and reporters in Bennington and Brattleboro who report cooperatively with Vermont Digger and The Commons.


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