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April 29. 2013 8:23PM

Keene Sentinel hires former Nashua Telegraph publisher

KEENE - Terrence L. Williams has been named president and chief operating officer of the Keene Sentinel.

Williams was president and publisher of Telegraph Publishing Co., the publisher of The (Nashua) Telegraph and nashuatelegraph.com for almost 19 years.

Williams said Monday he will be responsible for increasing circulation as well as the digital audience, overseeing sales, the interactive media department, marketing and promotion for The Keene Sentinel, SentinelSource.com and its affiliated print and online publications, including the monthly ParentExpress, three community weeklies, KeeneNH.com and other special publications.

News operations will continue under the direction of executive editor Paul R. Miller, publisher Thomas M. Ewing said Monday in The Keene Sentinel.

Williams "will bring not only the experience and skills that have earned The Telegraph its reputation for quality journalism and achievement and notable innovation in its service to its community, but also his passion for the critical role that a community news organization like The Sentinel plays in serving readers and advertisers," Ewing said.

Williams, 55, began his news career as a reporter and editor for Foster's Daily Democrat of Dover and The Lowell Sun in Massachusetts. He had been with the Telegraph almost 25 years, he said.

"Started out in news department there, became publisher in 1994 and held that position until a couple of weeks ago," he said.

Williams said he had "a long and enjoyable career" at The Telegraph, but during the recent acquisition of the newspaper by the Ogden Newspapers group of West Virginia it became clear the new owners wanted to bring in their own publisher.

"When it became apparent to me they wanted their own person I looked for other opportunities and was extremely fortunate to find an opportunity here in Keene," Williams said.

Greg Pohl has replaced Williams as publisher at The Telegraph.

Williams, who currently lives in Londonderry, said he plans to relocate to the Keene area to be closer to work. He and his wife, Julie, a teacher in a middle-school gifted children program, have two grown children, Heather and Christopher.

Williams said The Keene Sentinel already has a great website and online presence and is excited to work with the "high energy" staff, who cover and know the Monadnock region well.

"It's a strong interest area for me. We did a lot of that work at the Telegraph," he said of expanding online news coverage. "I kind of view my role here as kind of being helpful and being of assistance in a variety of different ways."


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