Brattleboro, Bennington editors get promotions, new roles

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BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Reformer is promoting its top newsroom leader and has selected an experienced editor to lead the news department.

On Jan. 26, Tom D'Errico, who has served as the Brattleboro Reformer's executive editor for almost eight years, will become the content marketing manager for New England Newspapers Inc., a newly created position within the company.

Michelle Karas, the managing editor of the Bennington Banner since 2013, has been appointed managing editor of the Reformer. In this role, Karas will oversee the news-gathering operations in Bennington and Brattleboro.

The appointments were announced Tuesday by Ed Woods, CEO and regional publisher, and Kevin Moran, regional vice president of news.

"These two changes in our Vermont news staff represent the forward direction that our company is taking," Woods said. "I have worked with Tom since I was appointed publisher at the Reformer in 2008 and I have come to appreciate the business mind that he brings to an editorial leadership position. In his new role, Tom will have a very positive impact throughout New England Newspapers.

"When I recruited Michelle to head up the Banner newsroom back in 2013, I knew that she would be well-received by the staff and community there," Woods continued. "Michelle has made a life for herself in the Southern Vermont area, and I am pleased that she has been able to grow in her career while working for me. I am very proud to be making both of these announcements today."

Karas, of North Bennington, brings 16 years of news experience to the Reformer newsroom. A native of Boalsburg, Pa., she holds a journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University.

"Michelle is a news-minded, community-oriented editor who knows Vermont," Moran said. "Meanwhile, Tom has done a great job leading the Reformer newsroom these years. I'm happy we're able to promote them and see them grow within our organization."

Karas is an award-winning writer and editor. Before she became managing editor of the Bennington Banner, she was the business editor of The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa.

"I'm excited to take on the new challenge of leading the Reformer newsroom," Karas said. "Tom D'Errico has done a wonderful job there as editor the past several years, and I look forward to continuing his legacy while working with him in his new position. My work in Bennington will continue with the excellent Banner team."

In his new role, D'Errico is in charge of product development and bolstering current online and in-print materials for New England Newspapers, which operates the Reformer, Banner, The Manchester Journal in Vermont, as well as The Berkshire Eagle, based in Massachusetts.

"It has been a real privilege working in and serving the Brattleboro community these past several years," D'Errico said. "From the important fundraising efforts of the Reformer Christmas Stocking to the recent overhaul of our newsroom and redesign of the newspaper, it's been a challenge that I've thoroughly enjoyed and am proud to have contributed to. I know the newsroom will continue to cover this community with the same passion I've worked hard to foster and maintain in my time as editor."


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