Iowa publisher hired to run Worcester paper
Normandin grew up in Leominster
Halifax Media Group is hiring a native of Leominster, who is currently the publisher of an Iowa newspaper, to run the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
James Normandin is scheduled to take over as publisher of the Telegram & Gazette on September 2. Efforts to reach him at the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa, were unsuccessful. Halifax officials, based in Daytona Beach, Florida, said Normandin would have no comment until he starts work in Worcester.
In a story in the Telegram on Monday, Normandin was quoted as saying he is excited to be coming home to central Massachusetts. He said nothing about his plans for the newspaper, whether more layoffs are planned, or whether Halifax is planning further expansion in the region.Halifax, founded in 2010 by three private equity firms, bought 16 former New York Times-owned newspapers in 2011 and now owns 35 newspapers in five southeastern states. The Telegram, purchased in June for an undisclosed price, is Halifax’s first newspaper holding outside the southeast. Halifax was believed to be a bidder for the Providence Journal, which was sold to GateHouse Media.
Normandin is a 1978 graduate of Leominster High School and worked in various positions at newspapers in Fitchburg, Holyoke, Framingham, and Leominster before taking jobs in New Jersey, Connecticut, and most recently Iowa.