Author archives: Lizzie Jespersen

Providence Journal #RaceInRI series wins Salute to Excellence award

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By Providence Journal news staff | Read full story here

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Journal’s series “Race in Rhode Island” has won a National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence award.

Alisha A. Pina, the series’ chief writer, accepted the award at the association’s gala on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The yearlong multimedia series by a team of writers, photographers, editors and producers, included articles and videos about racial gaps that impact the quality of life and economy in Rhode Island, and introduced ideas and people who are working to close the gaps.

“The Race In Rhode Island series reflects a commitment from the Journal to inform and spark conversations that are important to our community,” said Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson. “I’m thrilled our journalists have received national recognition by the NABJ.”

Read The Journal’s full #RaceinRI series at

GateHouse B2B media firm hires executives, rebrands as BridgeTower Media


Dolan Company, the B2B media arm of GateHouse Media, LLC, announced Aug. 3 a new company name, website and logo as part of a corporate rebranding initiative. The new brand, BridgeTower Media, incorporates all of the local legal, construction, business and political titles within Dolan as well as the business journals, magazines, research and video units of Journal Multimedia, acquired this past May.

The rebranding coincides with a reorganization of Dolan’s media brands by industry vertical and the appointment of three key executives: Amanda Orson, Chief Digital Officer; Steve Lincoln, EVP of the Legal Division; and Hal Cohen, EVP of the Business Division.   Prior to this role, Orson was Director of Marketing for, and previously ran her own marketing services agency focused on SMBs.  Lincoln was previously COO of Today’s General Counsel and a longtime executive at ALM Media.   Cohen joined BridgeTower after holding several positions at ALM Media, most recently as Vice President of its regional law titles.

“This new corporate identity underscores both the power of our publications within the local economies we serve and the exclusivity of our engaged, high-value business and professional subscribers,” said BridgeTower CEO and President Adam Reinebach. “I’m thrilled to work with this new executive team and the rest of the company to accelerate our growth and transformation.”

Since its acquisition by GateHouse in January 2016, the company has increased digital advertising revenue and significantly expanded the number of advertising programs available to its clients. BridgeTower is also driving expansion of the Best Companies Group, a research unit focused on employee satisfaction, and its growing events business, which includes several awards programs honoring women who play a critical role within their local business communities.

About BridgeTower Media

BridgeTower Media is a leading provider of business information, events and marketing services for the legal, financial, real estate and government sectors in more than 20 local markets across the United States. In addition to providing subscribers with content relevant to their daily professional activities, BridgeTower has a research unit focused on employee satisfaction, runs a video division, and develops, organizes and produces events centered on awards and education. For more information regarding BridgeTower Media, please visit


Robert Gruber named publisher of The Fayetteville Observer

Robert Gruber was announced today as the publisher for new GateHouse Media acquisition The Fayetteville Observer, as well as several military newspapers and niche products, the IWANNA classified shoppers, and the Observer’s regional commercial printing operations.

Previously, Gruber was appointed publisher of the Star News in Wilmington, North Carolina, in October of 2005. In January 2015, GateHouse Media purchased the Star News along with 13 other regional newspapers.

Gruber began his media career at his hometown newspaper in Geneva, Ohio over 37 years ago. He held advertising and marketing management positions in Vero Beach, Florida, Rock Hill, S.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Ocala, Florida. Gruber first became a publisher in 1998 in Lake City, Florida and then spent several years as publisher of the Times-Daily in Florence, Alabama prior to moving to Wilmington.

Gruber attended Cuyahoga Community College and a branch of Kent State University, where he majored in elementary education and later, business development. He also attended the New York Times business development training at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the Duke Corporate Education program.

Gruber has been a member of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce board of directors and a past board member of Partners for Economic Inclusion. He is also a member of the North Carolina Press Association and the Downtown Rotary Club, where he leads a leadership program named RYLA for more than 65 juniors in area high schools.

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