NJ's largest newspaper gets new publisher

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2009 7:03 PM

New Jersey's largest newspaper is getting a new publisher.

Penn Jersey Advance President Richard Vezza will assume the additional role of publisher of The Star-Ledger of Newark.

Advance Publications newspaper group President Donald Newhouse announced Tuesday that George Arwady, who has been publisher of The Star-Ledger since 2004, will become publisher of The Republican of Springfield, Mass.

The Republican's publisher, Larry McDermott, is retiring on Dec. 31.

A native of Union City, the 61-year-old Vezza began his journalism career in 1974 as a night police reporter for The Hudson Dispatch in Hudson County. After working as an editor and publisher at several New Jersey papers, he joined The Star-Ledger's sister company, Penn Jersey Advance, in 2000 as its president.

Vezza told The Star-Ledger Tuesday that he envisioned it remaining as a daily newspaper and is not planning any major changes, despite continuing troubles in the newspaper industry.

Vezza will assume his new role on Jan. 1.

The 62-year-old Arwady is a Brooklyn native who grew up in New Jersey and spent 34 years of his career working in Michigan.

The Republican will be the fifth Advance daily newspaper where he has been publisher.

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