BANGOR, Maine — Executive Editor A. Mark Woodward announced Monday he is retiring from the Bangor Daily News effective Jan. 1, 2010, after 38 years with the family-owned daily newspaper.
“It is a decision reached after many months of personal reflection, discussions with my wife (herself happily retired now for two years), and careful assessment of what I might be able to accomplish for our company if I continued in my current role,” Woodward, 62, said in a prepared statement issued to colleagues.
As executive editor for the past 12 years, Woodward has emphasized the importance of community through his service on boards and organizations promoting education, economic development and elder care; in his philosophy of giving priority to local news; and in his interactions with other departments at the BDN.
Publisher Richard J. Warren praised Woodward for his leadership.
“Mark Woodward has been a considerable force at the Bangor Daily News for over 38 years. He has been a remarkable leader of both our editorial page and editorial department as editor of the former and, most recently, as executive editor of the latter. His leadership has extended well beyond the NEWS to many endeavors in the Bangor community and state of Maine. Mark retires from the BDN with the admiration and appreciation of all his colleagues,” Warren said Monday.
Woodward graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1969 with a political science degree. He joined the BDN in 1971 as a city reporter. He became editorial page editor in 1982, left the paper for eight months to be communications director for Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Washington, D.C., in 1997, and was named the paper’s executive editor later that year.
Managing Editor Michael J. Dowd will continue to oversee day-to-day operations of the newsroom while the BDN assesses its management structure.
Woodward said during an interview Monday he will miss the people the most. “The issues never go away,” he said.