November 17, 2008
Providence Journal names Heslin VP, Executive Editor
PROVIDENCE , R.I. - Thomas E. Heslin, of North Providence, has been named vice president and executive editor at The Providence Journal. A 27-year veteran at the newspaper, he recently served as the interim executive editor since May and prior to that was the managing editor for new media with responsibility for projo.com's online news initiatives.
"Tom is a seasoned and talented journalist and manager who will ensure the continuation of our tradition of quality journalism and service to our community," said Howard G. Sutton, Providence Journal Company chairman of the board, president, publisher and CEO.
"His investigative reporting background, commitment to freedom of information initiatives, management experience and knowledge and commitment to the advancement of new media are skill sets that position us well for the future," added Sutton.
Heslin, 58, has been an editor at The Providence Journal since 1981, working 10 years as the Journal's metropolitan managing editor as well as serving as managing editor, state editor, regional news editor and copy editor on the night suburban and metro desks, and managing editor for investigations.
"My pledge is to bring our most prized tradition public service to the people of Rhode Island into the new age of news and information. We have a committed staff working for a loyal readership in a great state for news. I am thankful for this opportunity and honored to take on the challenge of leading this distinguished organization into the 21st century," said Heslin.
Under Heslin's leadership, the Journal's investigative team was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for its probe of corruption in the Rhode Island state court system and was recognized as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for public service in 2004 for the newspaper's coverage of the Station nightclub fire. Heslin also lead the Journal's two-year investigation of the 1991 Rhode Island banking crisis for which the newspaper received a George Polk Award and numerous other honors for investigative reporting and public service.
During his tenure as managing editor for new media, the Journal's Web site, projo.com, was awarded an EPpy from Editor & Publisher for best newspaper Web site and received top awards for multimedia from the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Newspaper Association of America and the New England Associated Press News Executives.
Heslin helped to found the New England First Amendment Coalition and ACCESS/RI, regional and state non-profit organizations dedicated to improving public awareness and access to the records and processes of government. He has served on the board of the national Freedom of Information Coalition, the Freedom of Information Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and as a New England coordinator for the American Society of Newspaper Editor's Sunshine Week project affiliated with open government and freedom of information issues. He has co-chaired the national conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors and served as the president of the New England Associated Press News Executives Association. He also has served as an adjunct faculty member for leadership seminars at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and as a member of the News/Editorial Advisory Board of the American Press Institute.
Prior to joining the Journal, Heslin was managing editor at Foster's Daily Democrat in Dover , N.H., a reporter at the Rutland (Vt.) Herald, and a reporter and editor at the weekly Sanford Star and York County Coast Star in Maine.
Heslin holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Suffolk University in Boston. In 2007, he was a fellow in the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
He and his wife, Patricia Bradbury Heslin, have three adult daughters, Kathleen L. Heslin, Kristine H. Rindge and Meghan C. Heslin as well as two grandchildren, Scarlett Jackson and Jack Rindge.
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