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Newspaper CEO Larry McDermott closes out
Journalism Alumni Speakers Series
29, 2008 --
Larry McDermott, a 1970 graduate of Arkansas State University and
current publisher of the Springfield (Mass.) Republican, is the final
speaker in the
Journalism Alumni Speakers Series hosted by ASU’s Department of
Journalism. He will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 10-11. For a
copy of the schedule, click here.)
McDermott is also the chief executive officer of The Republican and the
Sunday Republican of Springfield, Mass., a regional newspaper with
320,000 readers in western Massachusetts.
A former editor of ASU’s school newspaper, The Herald, and an
ASU graduate with a journalism degree, McDermott also worked as a
reporter at The Jonesboro Sun.
He served in
the U.S. Army for two years, during which he worked for the United
Nations in Seoul, Korea and made 10 trips inside the demilitarized zone
(DMZ) as an information specialist. He also was a copy editor at The
Korea Times, an English-language daily newspaper.
McDermott spent 18 years with The Associated Press, rising through the
ranks as a reporter, political correspondent, bureau chief, and general
executive. He held assignments in Arkansas, Virginia, Minnesota,
Michigan, and New York City.
He left AP in 1988 to join Advance Publications as editor of the group’s
statewide news operations in Michigan. Advance owns 26 daily newspapers
in cities around the country, including Cleveland, Portland and New
Orleans. McDermott became publisher of The Times in Bay City, Mich., in
1990. He was named executive editor of the Springfield newspaper in 1991
and publisher and CEO in 1999.
McDermott oversaw modernization of the newspaper’s printing and
production operations while also leading the newspaper in several
battles with public officials to gain access to information the
newspaper had sought, prevailing before the Massachusetts Supreme
Judicial Court in the case of a pedophile priest.
The newspaper has been awarded the New England Newspapers Association
First Amendment Award twice in the past three years, and McDermott was
awarded the profession’s highest individual honor in New England, The
Yankee Quill Award, in 2007 for his work on behalf of the public’s right
The Springfield Republican publishes not only the daily and Sunday
newspaper but also eight weekly newspapers in the region, as well as the
area’s only local Spanish-language newspaper, El Pueblo Latino.
McDermott serves as co-chairman, along with Supreme Judicial Court
Justice John Greaney, of the state Supreme Court’s Judiciary-Media
Committee; is a member of the Hampden County Literacy Cabinet; and is
president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association.
He was born in Parkin, Ark., and is a graduate of Parkin High School.
McDermott is single, and has three children and two grandchildren. He is
also an avid fisherman, outdoorsman and golfer.
For additional information, contact
Dr. Joel Gambill, chair, Department of Journalism, at (870)