Video of Announcement Press Conference

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Matt DeRienzo has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter, editor, publisher and corporate editorial director and has been recognized nationally for leading newsroom innovation. He teaches journalism at Quinnipiac University, writes a monthly column for Editor & Publisher magazine, and serves as interim executive director of LION Publishers, a national network of local independent online news site publishers. Previously, he served as group editor of Digital First Media's publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen and Connecticut Magazine, and Northeast regional editor for Digital First Media. He also served as publisher of The Register Citizen, Middletown Press and a group of weeklies in Northwest Connecticut, and before that was corporate director of news for small dailies and non-daily publications for the former Journal Register Company. In early 2011, The Register Citizen was named one of Editor & Publisher magazine's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right," and DeRienzo was named to its annual "25 Under 35" list of leaders in the newspaper industry. In the fall of 2011, The Register Citizen was awarded the Associated Press Managing Editors Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe, an "open newsroom" launched in Torrington, Connecticut, in December 2010. He led a team of more than 100 journalists in covering the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 and 2013, and has been honored for his editorial writing and leadership of public service and investigative reporting. In 2014, his efforts at the New Haven Register were recognized with the APME's and ASNE's Robert C. McGruder Award for Leadership in Newsroom Diversity. DeRienzo is a former longtime board member of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and served as co-chairman of the United Way's annual fundraising campaign in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2011, he received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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2 Responses to Video of Announcement Press Conference

  1. Doug Palladino says:

    Tear down the old buildings, level them all and design modern buildings that could house, businesses, art gallerys, a school for modernizing the local work force to attract new industry and try to create a really self sufficiant complex that will propel Torrington into a 21 centry a model of artistic and enviromental design. Useing the old buildings to house the same old New England type of run down general store to me is short sighted and keeps Torrington in the same old rut.

    • Michelle Tolmoff says:

      Think West Hartford get great restaurants a Max’s would be awesome! Clothing stores would help the local community store owners too… I wrote to H&M for Howard’s but no go… Maybe an Urban Outfitters… We have enough antique, pizza, and hair salons in town. UCONN Torrington downtown would help significantly especially with an MBA, Entraprunerial studies program….

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