Matt DeRienzo

Litchfield, Connecticut  *  * 860-491-8289 * LinkedIn

Interim Executive Director, LION Publishers

February 2015 – present

Adjunct Professor, Quinnipiac University and the University of New Haven

August 2015 – present

Independent Newsrooom Consultant

October 2014 – present

Northeast Regional Editor, Digital First Media

August 2012 – October 2014

Supervises Digital First Media’s newsrooms in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Group Editor, Digital First Media

August 2011 – October 2014

Editor of Digital First Media’s publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen of Torrington, Connecticut Magazine, West Hartford News, Litchfield County Times and more.

Publisher, Journal Register Company

February 2008 – August 2011

Publisher of The Register Citizen, Middletown Press, West Hartford News, Litchfield County Times, Passport Magazine and Foothills Media Group in Litchfield County, Connecticut

Corporate Director of News, Small Dailies and Non-Daily Publications, Journal Register Company

January 2005 – February 2008

Oversaw editorial policy, training, budgeting for publicly traded newspaper chain.

Editor of The Register Citizen, Journal Register Company

December 2003 – February 2005

Editor of daily newspaper in Torrington, Connecticut

Executive Editor, Eagle Publications

August 2001 – December 2003

Editor of daily newspaper in Claremont, New Hampshire

Editor, Eagle Publications

February 2000 – August 2001

Editor of weekly newspaper in Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire.

Managing Editor, American Journal

November 1998 – February 2000

Managing editor of weekly newspaper in Southern Maine.

Correspondent, The Union Leader

December 1997 –November 1998

Correspondent for New Hampshire’s largest daily newspaper.

Reporter, American Journal

December 1993 – December 1997

Reporter for weekly newspaper in Southern Maine.


Associated Press Media Editors, Online News Association, Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association, Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce (board member), United Way of Northwest Connecticut (board member, past campaign chairman), The Diaper Bank (past board member), Newport (N.H.) Opera House (past board member).


Associated Press Media Editors Innovator of the Year (The Register Citizen open newsroom)

13th annual Robert C. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership (New Haven Register), awarded by the Associated Press Media Editors and American Society of Newspaper Editors

Editor & Publisher magazine’s “10 That Do It Right” (The Register Citizen open newsroom)

Editor & Publisher magazine’s “25 Under 35” recognizing young leaders in the newspaper industry

Digital First Media annual Public Service Award (The Register Citizen coverage of rape case)

Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services recognition of men who’ve made an impact in fighting sexual violence

Editor & Publisher magazine’s “Eppy” award for “Best News/Political Blog”

United Way of Northwest Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award

Editorial writing awards from Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, Local Media Association


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