Providence Journal appoints first female executive editor

The Providence Journal

Karen A. Bordeleau is the new executive editor of The Providence Journal, the paper announced Thursday. She succeeds Thomas E. Heslin, who the announcement says "is retiring for health reasons."



Bordeleau is the first woman to edit the 183-year-old paper. She began at the paper in 1996 and is also an adjunct professor at Emerson College, where she teaches ethics. She's been the paper's acting executive editor since June.



The Journal sought staff members to take buyouts last fall. Eleven did. The paper reportedly laid off 23 staffers in November. When I called to verify some of those layoffs, Bordeleau took the call.



Here's the memo to employees from Publisher Howard Sutton:

To All Employees:

I am pleased to announce that effective Monday, April 29, Karen Bordeleau will be promoted to Senior Vice President Executive Editor of The Providence Journal Company.

Karen is a seasoned and talented journalist and manager who will help ensure that our tradition of quality journalism and service to our community continues.

Please join me in congratulating Karen on this well-deserved promotion.

Howard Sutton

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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