Ronald Agrella Returns to The Boston Globe as Editor,

Ronald Agrella returned to The Boston Globe as editor of, according to a memo from deputy managing editor for multimedia Bennie DiNardo to the editorial staff, obtained by Romenesko. The memo read:

I’m excited to share the great news that our old colleague, Ronald Agrella, has agreed to return to the fold as the next editor of

Ron led the features section of the Web site to national prominence, receiving Editor & Publisher EPpy awards in 2009 for the arts and entertainment and Things to Do sections. Ron helped us create our thriving online events system, pioneered new chat tools, and oversaw creative online presentations of our Oscar coverage. Ron’s keen sense of the kinds of stories, features, and presentations that appeal to the online community will be invaluable as continues to grow and evolve along with the new

Prior to his time here overseeing features and business, Ron was editor-in-chief of (the home of the Syracuse Post-Standard), and senior vice president of editorial at and the former Community Newspaper Company’s, one of the earliest attempts in Boston at creating highly localized content for the Web.

He started his career as a staff news writer at the Beverly Times and Salem Evening News after graduating from UMass Amherst in 1991. Most recently, Ron has been serving as director of Web communications at the president’s office of his alma mater.

Ron, his wife, and two children live in Rowley.

Ron will rejoin us Dec. 13 — just in time to reprise his annual Christmas Eve role coordinating’s chat with “Santa.”