Michael Hinman becomes editor of the Heralds | Herald Community Newspapers

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Michael Hinman is the new editor of the Herald Community Newspapers. Stuart Richner, CEO of Richner Communications Inc. and publisher of the newspaper group, made the announcement last week. Hinman succeeds Scott Brinton, who led the editorial department since 2016.

The Herald community newspapers include nearly two dozen publications and more than 20 reporters and editors. Hinman will also oversee The Riverdale Press, the Bronx newspaper he joined as editor in 2017, helping the publication win 29 state awards during that time, including the New York Press’s highest honor. Association last year, recognizing general excellence.

Joining Hinman’s leadership team is longtime Nassau Herald editor Jeffrey Bessen, who becomes the Heralds’ new deputy editor.

“I’m thrilled to see two longtime members of the Richner Communications family take on expanded roles,” said Stuart Richner. “For the past five years, Michael has been a staunch guardian of The Riverdale Press’ legacy of excellence. Now he brings his uncompromising journalism and innovative storytelling to the Herald newsroom.

“Jeff has been a prominent voice in the Herald newsroom for over a decade,” Richner added. “In the role of newly created Deputy Editor, Jeff will further infuse his dogged reporting into our more than 20 editions of the Herald.

“I know that under Mike and Jeff’s leadership, our newsroom will continue to be the premier source of local information for Long Islanders. I look forward to seeing how our award-winning team will find new ways to serve our communities. »

Although born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Hinman has spent most of his adult life in central Florida. His work ranged from neighborhood newspapers like Zephyrhills News and The Laker to the larger Sunbelt Newspaper division of the Tampa Tribune. He also spent years as a real estate reporter for the Tampa Bay Business Journal, as well as the Sarasota-based Business Observer.

During her time at The Business Journal, Hinman won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Best Business Reporting Award for her series of articles focusing on the failed Trump Tower Tampa project.

“Our communities are filled with stories just waiting to be told,” Hinman said. “That’s why neighborhood newspapers like the Heralds are so essential. We’re renewing our mission to find those stories and share them — to inform you, help you, and hopefully even put a smile on your face every once in a while.

Prior to his tenure covering the five towns, Bessen was editor of the Islip Bulletin and Suffolk County News, which covered several communities on the south shore of Suffolk County.

Bessen has won a number of awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of Long Island over the years, most recently as a Press Club finalist for non-local news and reporting in 2021, and for reporting in-depth narratives. / series in 2020.

“The Heralds have always had the community in mind when producing their award-winning stories,” Bessen said. “We aim to deepen this engagement by focusing more on the broader issues – such as politics – that impact our readers.”

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