hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

March 20, 2013

Andreas named regional publisher

Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co. reorganizes


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — NORTH ANDOVER – The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co. announced on March 6 a reorganization of its executive structure, promoting Karen Andreas to regional publisher of the company’s newspapers, websites and magazines.

Andreas, 46, publisher of the Salem News for more than five years, will continue to oversee that daily in her new position as well as The Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, the Newburyport Daily News and the Gloucester Daily Times.

She will also serve as publisher of the weekly Andover Townsman, Haverhill Gazette, Derry, N.H., News and the Carriage Towne News of Kingston, N.H. The company also publishes several magazines in its newspaper markets.

Mark Zappala, 47, publisher of the Gloucester Daily Times, becomes regional advertising director for Eagle-Tribune Publishing. Al Getler, former publisher of The Eagle-Tribune, and Sheila Smith, former publisher of the Newburyport Daily News, are no longer with the company.

Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., parent corporation of Eagle-Tribune Publishing, said the reorganization is designed to refine the structure of its Massachusetts and New Hampshire properties to align them with the strategic print and digital objectives of the company in the north of Boston market.

Andreas is a 25-year veteran of the newspaper industry and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She is a former executive editor and vice president of news for Eagle-Tribune Publishing.

“Karen is an award-winning journalist who possesses all of the right skills to lead this company,” said Henry Bird, senior vice president of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. “Karen has a track record of success. She is a proven leader with the rare combination of talent, creativity and intelligence to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

Andreas, who lives in Danvers with her husband, Mike, and teen-age sons Nick and Matt, welcomed her expanded responsibilities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to grow our newspapers and websites as the leading source of local news in the North of Boston market,” Andreas said. “I’ve made my career here, including being a part of the transformation from print to digital platforms and the 24-7 news cycle. The one constant has been the belief in the power of local news. Local is our franchise.”

Andreas has received numerous awards over the years. She was recently chosen for the prestigious Judith Brown Award from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, which recognizes the accomplishments and pioneering spirit of an outstanding woman in journalism from the six-state region. She received national recognition from Inland Press for a Salem News series on opiate abuse among youth on the North Shore. Northeast Arc lauded her in June with its “Media Award” in recognition of year-round coverage of issues of interest and importance to people with disabilities and their families.

Andreas is an executive board member of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, where she was the 2012 chairman. She also sits on the board of directors of the Salem Partnership, and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development.

CNHI newspapers, websites and specialty publications are among the nation’s leading providers of local news and information. The Montgomery, Ala.,-based company serves more than 130 communities in 23 states.