NORTH ADAMS -- Northern Berkshire will say good-bye to Advocate and Transcript Publisher Peter Lynch on May 15.
Lynch, who joined New England Newspapers Inc., owner of both papers, in the summer of 2011, has taken a management position for a privately owned media company in Virginia.
"Moving to another opportunity is really a decision that ties in with family," Lynch said. "My wife and I are going to be closer now to more of our children and our grandchildren."
Lynch said he and his wife have enjoyed being a part of the Northern Berkshire community.
"It's obviously a beautiful area, with diversity from the two colleges, and a lot of great, hard-working people," he said.
"It's been a great opportunity, particularly with all the new digital initiatives we've launched," Lynch added. The Transcript has expanded to include more digital content such as videos online, additional targeted advertising opportunities and a new application for smart phones and tablets, he said.
Lynch said he was also happy to arrive at the Transcript at a time when the office moved from its former location on American Legion Drive to Main Street.
"We're right in the heart of downtown now," Lynch said. "I know we've all gotten a lot of positive comments and compliments from the community for how we as a company took that step."
With the new location, the Transcript harkens back to days when the local paper was always in the center of town, Lynch said.
"We're an updated version of a traditional newsroom," Lynch said. "Yet we're totally cutting edge with the digital things we're doing."
Kevin Corrado, president and publisher of New England Newspapers, explained how Lynch's responsibilities will be carried out in the interim.
"Michael Foster, editor at the Transcript, will act as on-site manager upon Peter's departure," Corrado said. "I will have direct management in North Adams during the transition period."
"Although I've only known Pete for a few weeks, I did see firsthand his passion to serve the community of North Adams," Corrado added. "I appreciate his leadership and I thank him for his service to our company. I'm proud of his work and dedication he has shown and wish him all the best in the future."
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