Alan White, who started at this newspaper as a reporter in 1973, will assume leadership of the newsroom Dec. 17.
In addition to having been a reporter, the 59-year-old White brings more than 24 years of editing experience to his new position. He will oversee The Eagle-Tribune's Greater Lawrence, Greater Haverhill and New Hampshire news staffs.
"The Eagle-Tribune is a great newspaper, and we want to be even more great," said Al Getler, publisher of The Eagle-Tribune. "Al knows how to gather the news."
Getler also is publisher of the other daily and weekly papers in the North of Boston Media Group. North of Boston Media Group is part of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., a company based in Birmingham, Ala., that owns 190 publications across the United States.
White's appointment comes after a reorganization at The Eagle-Tribune and fellow North of Boston Media dailies in Gloucester, Newburyport and Salem, Mass. To fill the position, Getler looked mainly inside the company, talking to employees about who could lead the paper forward.
"In every case, the conversation came back to Al," he said.
For the last few years as senior editor, White worked at the Daily News of Newburyport and more recently as the acting editor for the Gloucester Daily Times. In that role, White's work was praised by readers, which impressed Getler.
"That is the one thing as a publisher I never forget: Our newspaper belongs to the readers," Getler said.
White said he's excited to return to The Eagle-Tribune and head up the news-gathering efforts.
"I spent most of my career working there, trying to put out the best newspaper. I am happy to come back and do that," he said. "We have terrific people, a great staff."
While at The Eagle-Tribune, White was an editor on some of its most important stories, including those that won Pulitzer Prizes, the highest award in journalism.
"I am really proud of the fact that this paper has won two Pulitzers and has been a finalist for two others," White said. "It's a real honor, obviously, for a paper our size. For a paper our size it's pretty unheard of. It goes to show how dedicated and how hard-working and how good the staff is."