Gazette editor Larry Parnass to depart for Eagle


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Larry Parnass, editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin, will leave the papers in October to take a position with the Berkshire Eagle.

The move was announced in a note to staff Monday.

Parnass has worked for the papers since 1988, when he was hired as the Gazette’s first regional editor. He was named editor in 2009, succeeding Jim Foudy. Other positions Parnass held at the Gazette included arts editor and managing editor.

At the Eagle, which is published in Pittsfield, Parnass will report and write in-depth and investigative stories in a newly created position. Parnass told staff that he wanted to return to reporting after years as a news manager.

“I've chosen to do that in a new place because the Eagle is rebuilding under the guidance of new local owners. I see a chance to help make a difference,” Parnass wrote. “The great work I've witnessed here (at the Gazette), and been part of, will always define my journalism.”

Jeffrey Good, executive editor of the Gazette and its sister publications, The Recorder of Greenfield and the Valley Advocate, praised Parnass’s leadership in a message to the staff.

“I am deeply saddened that Larry Parnass will depart the Gazette after giving this newspaper heart and soul for the better part of three decades,” Good said. “We and our community owe Larry a tremendous debt of gratitude for his commitment to our shared work in producing what he rightly calls ‘the daily miracle.’  

“At the same time, I hope you will join me in wishing Larry well on his new adventure,” Good concluded.

Good said he hopes to promote from among existing staff to take over Parnass’ duties, particularly the important role of overseeing the paper’s robust mix of editorials, local columnists and letters to the editor.