BDN to make staff changes; Dowd named editor-in-chief

By Julie Harris,
Posted Dec. 18, 2009, at 7:34 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Publisher Richard J. Warren is announcing the following management changes at the Bangor Daily News effective Jan. 4, 2010:

Michael J. Dowd, a 28-year newsroom veteran, will assume the position of editor-in-chief. Dowd, 50, has been managing editor since February 2007, and in his new position replaces retiring executive editor Mark Woodward as the overseer and manager of the day-to-day operations of the newsroom for both print and online publications.

“It’s an honor to lead our dedicated and talented staff,” Dowd said. “Readers can count on us to shine a bright light on all levels of government, to be vigilant in covering crime and breaking news, and to bring you local stories about issues and people that affect our lives.”

Dowd will lead an editorial department of 67 people including reporters, photographers, editors and support personnel who work at the main office in Bangor and in the newspaper’s eight bureaus located throughout central, northern and eastern Maine.

A Bangor native, Dowd began his career at the BDN as a sportswriter and has worked as a sports columnist, state desk co-editor, city editor and night news editor. Dowd is a member of the Maine Committee on Media and Courts and is second vice president of the Maine Press Association. He will work closely with Todd Benoit, director of news and new media.

Dowd and Benoit’s duties are part of a realignment of management functions announced earlier this month in a memo to employees from Warren.

“These changes, combined with the quality and dedication of our employees, will strengthen the Bangor Daily News’ service to the community and best position us for ongoing success,” Warren said Friday.

Also effective Jan. 4, advertising director Michael Kearney will become director of sales and marketing, overseeing classified and retail advertising, new media advertising sales and marketing. Elizabeth Hansen will become director of research and market development and will work with all company departments to provide research and offer marketing strategies.

Circulation director Jim Hayes will become director of operations responsible for circulation, production and information systems. Jason Oliver, the circulation manager for the coastal edition, will assume the circulation director duties from Hayes.

“These are challenging times for our industry and the Bangor Daily News looks forward to meeting these challenges,” Warren said. “As technology advances, we will strive to provide our content to readers where they want it: in our daily or weekly print editions, on our Web site, through e-mail, on their phones or fed to their homepages. Readers and advertisers can count on us to be accessible and accountable to them.”

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