Robert O’Leary Takes Over Digital First Media’s New York Newspapers

Newspaper vet will oversee The Saratogian, The Record, The Daily Freeman and Oneida Dispatch.

Per a note today from soon-to-be-departed The Saratogian executive editor Barbara Lombardo, there is a new man at the helm of her paper and three other Digital First Media state newspapers. Taking over for area publisher Michael O’Sullivan is Robert O’Leary (pictured).

O’Leary, general manager of The Daily Freeman since February 2014, will oversee that paper, The Saratogian as well as The Record in Troy and the Oneida Dispatch. From Lombardo’s post:

His promotion was announced Tuesday afternoon by Guy Gilmore, executive vice president of Digital First Media’s eastern division.

“Robert has done an outstanding job with print and digital advertising, as well as developing great dynamics within the leadership team,” Gilmore said, noting O’Leary’s success in Kingston.

Gilmore thanked Record and Saratogian publisher Michael F. O’Sullivan for his service, announcing that O’Sullivan had accepted a voluntary buyout effective Friday.

“It’s been my privilege to shepherd our newspapers through a time of great change in the industry, and I’m confident the papers will continue to move forward, in print and online,” O’Sullivan said.

Lombardo is part of a separate group of six Digital First employees who chose voluntary buyouts earlier this summer.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Digital First Media Properties Poised for More Rumbling

[Photo via: saratogian.com]