A Sun Staff Report
LOWELL — Boston Herald Editor in Chief Joe Sciacca has been named to oversee the editorial operations of seven daily newspapers in Digital First Media’s Northeast Cluster, the media company announced yesterday.
As regional editor in chief, Sciacca will oversee DFM’s papers in Massachusetts and New York. Those papers include the Boston Herald; The Sun of Lowell; Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg; the Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y.; The Record of Troy, N.Y.; The Saratogian of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and Oneida Daily Dispatch of Oneida, N.Y. Also included, are the Nashoba Valley Voice and the Dracut Dispatch.
“Joe has the deep journalism experience and innovative approach needed to lead the editorial operations of our Northeast properties,” said Regional Publisher Kevin Corrado. “The audience reach of our cluster and the combined impact of our journalism is a powerful combination. Joe’s appointment to this new position will ensure that we make the most of our synergies and best practices while preserving the individual identities of each of our excellent publications.”
Sciacca joined the Herald in 1983 and became editor in chief in 2010. He has four decades of daily newspaper experience as a reporter, political columnist and editor, starting out as a correspondent for The Sun and reporter for the Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, before moving to the Herald.
He was awarded the Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication awarded by Franklin Pierce University, which selected him as visiting fellow this year. Under his leadership, the Herald has been recognized nationally for multimedia innovation.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to build upon the great work done by the exceptional editorial staffs at these newspapers — all of which are rooted in the communities they serve. There is an incredible passion and spirit we share as journalists across our region,” Sciacca said. “Working closely with Kevin and the rest of DFM’s talented Northeast Cluster team, I know we’ll have even more success in serving our print and digital readers in the years to come.”
A senior editor at The Sun will be named soon, Sciacca said.