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.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

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.

The Telegraph Herald, where Normandin has served as publisher since 2004, has a daily circulation of 29,000 and a Sunday circulation of 34,000. By contrast, the Telegram has a circulation of 75,738 daily and 79,650 Sunday.

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.