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Larry Parnass will be leaving as editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette of Northampton and Amherst Bulletin in October for a new position at The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield. Parnass has been an editor since 1988. He was first hired by the Daily Hampshire Gazette as a regional editor. Parnass was named editor in 2009. Parnass also has been arts editor and managing editor at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Parnass will report and write investigative stories in a newly created job at the Eagle. After years as a news manager, Parnass said he wanted to return to reporting.


Among the journalists taking a buyout recently from The Providence Journal are the following: Edward Fitzpatrick, leaving as political columnist to become director of media and public relations at Roger Williams University in Bristol as of Oct. 5; Bob McNamee, content editor; Tony LaRoche, section editor; Channing Gray, staff writer; Jim Donaldson, sports columnist. For 28 years, Fitzpatrick was a reporter, an editor and a columnist. He spent 16 years at the Journal, including as political columnist for the past eight years. Before joining the Journal, he was a reporter at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant and the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union. He also was city editor of The Saratogian of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. McNamee was an editor at the Journal for 26 years. Before that, he was at The Times of Pawtucket. He spent the first eight years there as a reporter. He spent the next five years as city editor and his last three years there as assistant managing editor. LaRoche was an editor at the Journal for 22 years. Before that, he was sports editor for three years at Wilson Newspapers, based in Wakefield. He later was a sports reporter at the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin. Donaldson was a sports columnist at the Journal for more than 37 years. Before that, he was a public affairs officer for the U.S. Navy. He later was employed at the Virginia News Leader, formerly of Richmond, Va., for two years.


Denis Finley, former editor in chief of The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., is becoming the new executive editor at The Burlington Free Press as of Oct. 17. Finley was a photographer, news editor, managing editor, and an editor in chief at the Virginian-Pilot. Michael Townsend, former executive editor of the Free Press, took a buyout about a year ago. He was employed with the Free Press' parent company, Gannett Co. Inc., of McLean, Va., for 27 years. In 1975, he began employment at two weekly newsppaers in Carroll County, Maryland. He then became a reporter for the Carroll County Times of Westminster, Md., and then an editor there for three years. He later became senior managing editor of the suburban editions of the Baltimore Sun. His next move was to metro editor at the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star for two years. He was promoted there to assistant managing editor and then managing editor. He had been exeutive editor of the Free Press since 2001.

The Transitions were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin staff members Ashleane Alabre, Nico Hall and Hope Oje, undergraduate students at Northeastern University.



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