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PIONEER PRESS NAMES
John Ambrosia, a prize-winning veteran
journalist, has been named editor-in-chief
for Pioneer Press as part of a restructur-
ing of the news department as the week-
ly newspaper publishing company contin-
ues its growth and development.
Pioneer is a group of 64 contigious week-
ly, paid, ABC audited, home delivered
community papers serving more than 120
Chicago suburbs and Chicago neighbor-
hoods with a circulation of 250,000.
Ambrosia returns to Pioneer, where he
once worked as a reporter, managing edi-
tor and an associate executive editor,
after serving as vice president of Niche
Publications at the Chicago Sun-Times
Ambrosia has experience in every news-
paper discipline, from design and produc-
tion to circulation and advertising, said
Publisher Larry Green., who made the
"John¹s diverse background coupled with
his editorial and design skills will benefit
Pioneer as our papers are reshaped to
meet the demands of changing markets
and as we expand our online presence,"
said Green. Ambrosia began his journal-
ism career as a copy clerk for the Sun-
He joined Pioneer as a staff writer on the
Maywood Herald, where he won numer-
ous awards for reporting. While at
Pioneer, he also served as managing edi-
tor of the Lake Zurich and Wauconda
Courier, and later as associate executive
editor for the Northwest Group of papers.
"It¹s a great pleasure to return to Pioneer
Press and work with such a talented
group of editors and staff," Ambrosia
said. "We will continue to provide unique
and outstanding local coverage while
expanding our editorial focus."
LONGTIME BOSTON GLOBE
COLUMNIST BRINGS POPULAR
REAL ESTATE COLUMN TO THE
Real estate journalist Nena Groskind,
who authored the popular "Realty Q&A"
column for the Boston Globe for nearly
30 years, brought her wit and wisdom to
a new weekly Boston Herald column that
began this winter.
Groskind will author "House Counsel,"
an advice column that will run every
Friday in the Herald's "Real Estate
Friday" section. Each week, Groskind
will answer questions from Herald read-
ers or update them on the latest trends in
Groskind is former editor of Banker &
Tradesman, a weekly trade paper cover-
ing real estate and banking in
Massachusetts. She has also written or
collaborated on several books, including
Bob Vila's Guide to Buying Your Dream
Locally, Groskind is best known for the
weekly advice column she wrote in the
Globe from 1976 until late 2004, when
the paper discontinued the feature as part
of a change in its coverage direction.
JOE BROWNE DEAD AT 81
Active in the newspaper business since
1955, primarily in the greater
Philadelphia region, Joe Browne passed
away last month at the age of 81.
He retired as vice president of the
Burlinton County Times (NJ) in 1993.
"He was the key component for building
this newspaper," said Stan Ellis, publisher
of the Burlington County Times. "His
God and his family were the most impor-
tant things to him, but the BCT was prob-
ably a close third."
In 1983, Browne left the Burlington
County Times to become marketing
director for Ingersoll Publications in
Princeton, NJ. He returned to the
Burlington County Times in 1986, when
he was named publisher.
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