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New England Newspapers' Kevin Moran to Speak at MCLA

03/13/2014

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Kevin Moran, regional vice president of news for New England Newspapers Inc., will discuss "The Future of News: What's in it for you?" at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Wednesday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218).

The talk, which will be followed by a question and answer session, is free and open to the public.

Moran will be on campus March 17-19 as this year's MCLA Hardman Journalist in Residence. Each spring, a journalist visits the English and Communications Department at MCLA to participate in classes and workshops with students. In this position, the visiting journalist facilitates journalism and broadcasting students in their storytelling practices. This involves print, online and broadcast aspects of journalism.

According to D. Zack Finch, Ph.D., assistant professor of English/communications at MCLA, Moran brings with him a wealth of experience as a journeyman journalist, editor and regional vice president of news operations at New England Newspapers Inc.

"We're thrilled to have him on campus for three full days of activities next week. His expertise should benefit our students immensely, especially everyone working at The Beacon or taking communications and journalism classes," Finch said.

"Moran is really an ideal person for MCLA to host as this year's Hardman Journalist in Residence," Finch continued. "He'll help students to see the changing topographies of news journalism from an important aerial perspective."

Moran is the regional vice president of news for New England Newspapers Inc., overseeing the newsroom operations of The Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer, Manchester Journal and Berkshires Week. He was managing editor of The Berkshire Eagle from 2005 to 2013. He has served as editor of the North Adams Transcript and the Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer and as news editor of The York Dispatch/Sunday News in Pennsylvania.

A past president of the New England Associated Press News Executives Association, he also has been a two-time mentor with the Daniel Pearl Fellowship Foundation, which brings foreign journalists to the United States for media studies. He has won numerous awards - from news writing to editing to news design - during his 20-plus years in journalism.

Moran is an occasional voice on WAMC Northeast Public Radio and has contributed to WBUR, Vermont Public Radio and ABC World News Tonight.

Moran is leading The Berkshire Eagle in Project Unbolt, a Digital First Media effort to redefine digital journalism. The Eagle is just one of four of Digital First Media's 75-plus daily newsrooms across the country to pilot the project.

Moran attended the 2014 State of the Union Address in January. He recently authored the chapters for The Eagle and Berkshire Historical Society's pictorial book, "Berkshire Memories: The Early Years, 1880s through 1939."

He is a native of Adams and a graduate of Hoosac Valley High School and the University of New Hampshire.

Moran worked and lived on the summit of Greenland on a polar ice core project during the summer of 1991 and has played guitar in the punk rock band The Damaged since 1999. He and his family reside in Pittsfield.

He can be reached at kmoran@berkshireeagle.com. You can follow him on Twitter @iamberkshire.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/notablespeakers/hardmanlectureseries .