May 31, 2009
Providence Journal Promotes Heslin Senior V.P. & Executive Director
PROVIDENCE , R.I. - Thomas E. Heslin, of North Providence, R.I., has been named senior vice president and executive editor at The Providence Journal. A 27-year veteran at the newspaper, Heslin was vice president and executive editor since November 2008, having served as the interim executive editor starting in May 2008. Prior to that, he was the managing editor for new media with responsibility for projo.com's online news initiatives .
" This promotion is a well-deserved recognition of Tom's contributions to The Providence Journal. He believes passionately that what journalists do matters to our readers and to our democratic society. He is an excellent leader who successfully copes with the chaos and variety that drive daily journalism," said Howard G. Sutton, Providence Journal Company chairman of the board, publisher, president and CEO.
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
"This is a great honor. I appreciate the confidence expressed by the publisher. We are stewards of a strong institution, proud of our history and mindful of our responsibility. With a skilled and committed news staff, we look forward to the challenges and opportunities to accomplish meaningful journalism in this dynamic age of information."
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 Heslin's 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 he is the current president 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.
In 2007, Heslin was a fellow in the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. This year, Heslin was honored as a distinguished alumnus of Suffolk University in Boston, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 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 three grandchildren, Scarlett Jackson, Jack Rindge and Ty Rindge.
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