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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Big News on College Street

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2007 at 8:18 AM

Everything changes.

Sooner or later, eh?

The Gannett chain's top man in Vermont, Burlington Free Press Publisher Jim Carey, a hometown boy and the man in charge on College Street since 1991, is being replaced.

Today's edition breaks the news:

Bradley I. Robertson, formerly vicepresident/advertising at The Des Moines (Iowa) Register, has been namedpresident and publisher of The Burlington Free Press. He replaces JamesCarey, who will become chairman of the Free Press.

Robertsonbegan his Gannett career in 1994 as a circulation analyst for The NewsJournal at Wilmington, Del. He moved to the Fort Collins (Colo.),Coloradoan as a manager of circulation sales, then became manager ofsales and marketing at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader.

In 1999, Robertson became director of circulation sales forthe Detroit Newspaper Agency. He was named director of businessdevelopment at Des Moines in 2003 and vice president of businessdevelopment there in 2004. He was named vice president of advertisingfor Des Moines a few months later. Robertson is a graduate of NorthernIllinois University with a bachelor's degree in communication.

"Tough and gruff" would be the way to describe Carey. Hasn't spoken to yours truly since he hung up the car phone on me 10 years ago right after he made the mistake of answering it. [His secretary had "mistakenly" given me the number.]

Carey was an ad sales guy. He also was a social conservative who'd been known to drive a car [his wife's?] that bore a "Jesus" bumper sticker.

But Jim Carey will be remembered most as the publisher who forbade his editorial page from taking a stand or even commenting on the great Vermont battle over same-sex marriage during the 2000 Legislative Session that passed the landmark civil-unions law.

Meanwhile, down Route 7, the editorial page writer at the Rutland Herald, David Moats [caught here on the Church Street Marketplace a few weeks ago], won a Pulitzer Prize for his editorials on the gay marriage debate, an issue Vermont, and the Rutland Herald, led the nation on.

Unfortunately, Burlington's local daily - the state's largest -  was silent.

Welcome to Vermont, Brad.

And best wishes, Jimbo!


None of us are getting any younger, but there's always room for "wiser," eh?


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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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