Thursday March 21, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Digital First Media on Wednesday announced the hiring of Kevin Corrado as president and publisher of New England Newspapers, Inc. and the appointment of Edward Woods as regional vice president of sales for New England Newspapers, Inc.

Corrado will lead all New England Newspaper, Inc. operations including the Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner and the Manchester Journal, all in Vermont, as well as The Berkshire Eagle, The North Adams Transcript and The Advocate in Western Massachusetts. Woods will lead all sales efforts on all platforms for the group.

"Kevin brings a wealth of experience and innovative thinking to the organization. He will be leading our digital transformation across the New England group and he has a strong and able team in place to help make this happen," said Tom Wiley, Executive Vice President for Digital First Media. "The promotion of Ed gives Kevin a key partner in implementing our audience-based selling strategies across the region. Together they will drive the performance of the NENI group."

Corrado joins New England Newspapers, Inc. after most recently serving as President and Publisher for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter and Bay Publications -- a position he has held since 2007 with Gannett Co. Inc. Mr. Corrado's career with Gannett began in 1985 as a computer operator for Gannett/USA Today in Chandler, Ariz.


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He moved up within the company before becoming IT Director for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and then IT Director for Gannett's Wisconsin Group in 2000 and then Vice President of IT in 2003. In 2005 Mr. Corrado was named Vice President of Operations for the Wisconsin Group prior to being named President and Publisher.

Corrado replaces Andy Mick who announced his retirement in January.

Woods currently serves as Publisher of the Vermont group including the Brattleboro Reformer, the Bennington Banner and The Manchester Journal. He will retain those responsibilities in addition to his new role.

"Our ability to reach audiences on a local level across our markets has always been key to our growth. I am confident that with Kevin's hiring, and through the direction of the Digital First Media leadership team, we will continue to see significant growth," said Woods. "I am excited at the opportunity to expand my role in the digital transformation at New England Newspapers while continuing my work as publisher here in Southern Vermont."

Woods joined MediaNews Group in 2005 as Publisher of The Bennington Banner and The Manchester Journal. The expansion of that role came in 2008 when The Brattleboro Reformer and affiliated publications were also placed under him.