In retirement, Donoghue
remains optimistic for
the future of journalism

By Noah Perkins
Bulletin Staff

After 47 years as a staff writer for The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, Mike Donoghue has advice for aspiring journalists: Be willing to do whatever needs to be done, or you're not going anywhere.

Donoghue has embodied that attitude throughout his long career, a career rife with recognition, with induction into five Halls of Fame, including as a charter member of the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame; as a winner of both the Yankee Quill Award and Matthew Lyon First Amendment Award; being named Journalist of the Year by the New England Society of News Editors; as a National Sunshine Award winner from the Society of Professional Journalists; as a recipient of an honorary degree from Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt., his alma mater, in recognition of his career; as the namesake of the New England First Amendment Coalition’s Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award; being named 10 times as Vermont Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Donoghue happily put on whatever hat he needed to wear – sportswriter, general assignment writer, photographer, darkroom technician, copy desk. He even did a three-month stint with the Free Press editorial board.

"He's a real bulldog as a reporter," Ross Connelly, until recently owner, publisher and editor at The Hardwick (Vt.) Gazette, said. "He has a nose for news; he's broken more stories statewide than most reporters ever have the chance to."

In late October 2015, Donoghue retired from the Free Press after accepting a voluntary buyout offer from the newspaper’s owner, Gannett Co. Inc., based in McLean, Va.  MORE>



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