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Catherine M. Nelson
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus publisher R. John Mitchell announced Monday the promotion of Catherine M. Nelson to chief executive officer of the Herald, The Times Argus and the New England Business Journals, effective Jan. 1.
“Catherine has been the driving force behind the successes we've had in the last seven years. This new title more accurately reflects what her duties are and have been,” Mitchell said.
“She got her start with the Times Argus in the '80s, left Vermont for a national career and circumstances in her life brought her back to us and Vermont. We were lucky to get her back. She brings a national-level sales and newspaper expertise to work every day, but has values that are uniquely Vermont — she knows what matters to us is journalism and community first.”
Nelson has been the vice president and general manager of the Herald and The Times Argus since 2007, and started with NEBJ in 2006. Nelson started her career in newspapers with The Times Argus in 1982 in sales. She worked her way up through retail sales, then joined Harte Hanks Newspapers in Massachusetts, where she became sales manager and then publisher for multiple daily and weekly newspapers.
Nelson spent time as a publisher at the Worcester Community Newspapers and the Advocate Group in western Massachusetts, then became a newspaper consultant for the alternative press — including the Bay Guardian of San Francisco and Now Magazine of Toronto — and multiple community newspaper chains in the United States and Canada before joining the Lee Enterprises executive team. She moved back to Vermont to join the Herald Association in 2006.
Nelson is currently vice chairwoman of the board of the Calvin Coolidge Foundation, and serves and has served on multiple other nonprofit boards of directors, as well as being the past president of Rutland Rotary.
“Despite all the challenges facing the major newspapers nationwide, we continue to move forward here at the local level,” Nelson said. “I'm really excited to be part of creating a new model for local news by relying on the strength of our local connections and the technological innovation we've seen in the last five years.”
She added, “Throughout my career, the one constant has been that success comes from investing in the news, and in our communities which we are and will continue.”
The newspapers announced several other personnel changes.
Neal P. Goswami was promoted to the chief of the Vermont Press Bureau effective Jan. 1. Goswami joined the Press Bureau in September as a reporter from the Bennington Banner, where he was a reporter for seven years. The Vermont Press Bureau is the state's original capital news bureau, reporting year-round on legislative and state government news from Montpelier. Goswami replaces Pete Hirschfeld, who has joined Vermont Public Radio after more than 10 years with The Times Argus and the Rutland Herald.
Rich Alcott rejoined the Rutland Herald and Times Argus newsroom as a content editor in December after two years away. Alcott has more than 40 years of experience in journalism as a staff writer, copy editor, designer and radio news director. He brings design, editing and digital media skills to the newsroom.
He also spent 10 years in Japan as an instructor of the English language. Alcott has already added his skills to the copy desk and is working on expanding the newspapers' digital media offerings.
The Herald and Times Argus also hired Gareth Henderson as a copy editor for the daily newspapers and the New England Business Journals. Henderson will edit everything from business news to sports, and work to expand and improve the online coverage for the business journals and both daily newspapers.
Henderson has seven years of newspaper experience; most recently he spent five years at the Vermont Standard, leaving in 2011. Before joining The Times Argus and the Herald, he was a marketing assistant for mStoner, a Chicago-based web communications firm with an office in Woodstock.
The Rutland Herald has also hired John Shramek as a community sports reporter; he started Tuesday. Shramek graduated magna cum laude from Castleton State College in 2012 with a major in communications. He worked as an intern in the sports department of the Herald while in college, and has worked as a freelancer for the Herald since then.MORE IN Vermont News
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