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Alan English has become publisher of Pittsfield-based New England Newspapers Inc., which publishes the Brattleboro Reformer, the Bennington Banner, the Manchester Journal, all in Vermont, and The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield. He replaced acting publisher Martin Langeveld, who will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. Langeveld replaced Edward L. Woods in July. English was most recently president and publisher of The Times of Shreveport, La. He formerly was general manager and executive editor for the Times. He also has been a newspaper executive in Arkansas, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, where he was executive editor and vice president of audience for the Augusta Chronicle. His executive work includes roles at publications owned by McLean, Va.-based Gannett Co. Inc. He began his news career in photography jobs, and he was a photo editor at New York, New Jersey and North Carolina newspapers.

Charlie Mansbach retired Nov. 16 as Page One editor of The Boston Globe. He began on the night copy desk at the Globe in January 1978. He was later promoted to assistant night editor and then night news editor. He has been the Globe’s Page One editor for 27 years. Mansbach began his 50-year newspaper career in 1966 as a reporter at what is now the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester. He later became a copy editor and then Sunday news editor there before leaving for the Globe.

Former colleague’s tribute to Mansbach


Patricia M. Sears has been named publisher of The Newport Daily Express, effective Dec. 13. She is replacing Ken Wells, who left the position in early November, according to The Caledonian-Record of St. Johnsbury. Sears co-founded the communications company Northeast Kingdom Tamarack Inc. in July 2001 and was its chief executive officer and president. She also founded the Newport Renaissance Corporation, a nonprofit organization aimed at economic and community development in Newport. Sears was the founding executive director of the corporation from July 2007 to April 2014. She has been appointed by the governor to the Vermont Aviation Advisory Council. She is chairwoman of the Northeast Kingdom International Airport committee.

Olga Peters, senior reporter at The Commons of Brattleboro for the past seven years, was named news director at WTSA-FM and -AM of Brattleboro, effective Nov. 22. Peters began her journalism career at The Commons in August 2009. She left there Nov. 11. She has received multiple awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association and the Vermont Press Association. She has been a freelancer in film and television. She was a member of the Vermont PBS Community Council from 2009 to 2015.



The Transitions were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin correspondents Georgeanne Oliver and Alejandro Serrano, undergraduate students at Northeastern University.



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