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About mattderienzo

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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Investors buy huge piece of downtown Torrington, plan to involve community in revitalization

The Connecticut city whose citizens put up their own money up to save its local baseball team is now taking the same approach with downtown revitalization. A large block of properties in the heart of downtown Torrington has been purchased … Continue reading

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Major Announcement About Downtown Torrington Planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1

Please join us at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Bender Showrooms, 29 Main St., Torrington, CT, for a major announcement about the future of downtown Torrington. And check back with this site on Friday for full details. Speakers at … Continue reading

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Bender Showrooms Opens in Downtown Torrington

TORRINGTON — Bender Showrooms, which hosted a grand opening in June, is one of the latest businesses to open up in downtown Torrington. The showroom offers bath and kitchen solutions and is the only official dealer of Kohler products in … Continue reading

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