Providence Journal names Janet Hasson its new publisher

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Posted: Feb 27, 2015 1:24 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A veteran newspaper executive credited with increasing online readership and digital advertising has been named publisher of The Providence Journal.

Janet Hasson will be the second female publisher in the 185-year history of Rhode Island's largest newspaper.

Hasson has been serving as the president and publisher of the Gannett-owned Journal News Media Group in White Plains, New York, since June 2011.

She replaces Bernie Szachara, who was named interim publisher when the paper was purchased by Gatehouse Media and longtime publisher Howard Sutton retired after 15 years at the helm.

Szachara says Hasson knows how to transform the business to meet changing customer needs and recognizes the role the paper plays for Rhode Island.

The 55-year-old Hasson was previously senior vice president of audience development at the Detroit Media Partnership.