Tom Tripicco is the new managing editor at The Berkshire Eagle.
Tom Tripicco is the new managing editor at The Berkshire Eagle. (Stephanie Zollshan / Berkshire Eagle Staff)

PITTSFIELD -- Thomas Tripicco, a 25-plus year veteran of the news industry, including eight years at The Berkshire Eagle, has been named the new managing editor.

Kevin Moran, regional vice president of news for New England Newspapers Inc., also announced that Eagle reporter Jenn Smith has been promoted to the newly created position of community engagement editor.

Both editors began in their new roles on Monday.

"Tom will do a fantastic job," Moran said of Tripicco, the former news editor. "He's an excellent leader and coach and a top-notch editor."

In his new role, Tripicco "will assume the day-to-day newsroom managerial responsibilities and be the director of news staff coverage in digital and print," Moran said.

"Jenn will use her talents to bring our news reporting into the community while bringing more community into our news coverage," Moran said. "If ‘community engagement' was a middle name, it would be Jenn Smith's."

Both Tripicco and Smith will report directly to Moran, who oversees news development for The Eagle and sister publications the North Adams Transcript, The Advocate, and the Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal in Vermont.

"I'm excited to work more directly with our dedicated team of reporters, editors and photographers," Tripicco said Monday. "I look forward to helping The Berkshire Eagle deliver the same strong content and storytelling -- both in print and through our expanding suite of digital platforms."

Tripicco began his career as a news clerk at the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York in 1987. He joined the copy desk about a year later before being named regional editor in the late 1990s. He came to The Eagle in 2005 as deputy managing editor, overseeing the copy desk. That title changed to news editor in early 2013 to reflect a greater role generating and editing local content.

Tripicco lives in Pittsfield with his wife, Jackie, and their daughter.

Jenn Smith is the new community engagement editor at The Berkshire Eagle.
Jenn Smith is the new community engagement editor at The Berkshire Eagle. (Stephanie Zollshan / Berkshire Eagle Staff)

Smith said of her appointment: "I'm quite glad and honored to be able to continue the work I've been doing, and to take on this new adventure of being The Eagle's community engagement editor. People can think of me as their community liaison."

She added Monday, "On my own Facebook pages, I told people about my new role and how they can storm my inbox, phone lines or see me in person about ideas for stories, projects, partnerships and more -- and they already have. It's inspiring."

Of the new job title and position, Smith said: "The cool part of it is that our readers will inform the work I'll do. I get to be a translator of people's ideas and stories, of trends and happenings in the community, which will all be manifested online, in print, and at times through events and other initiatives."

Smith also came to The Eagle in 2005, beginning as a news clerk. She most recently has served as the education reporter and editor of The Eagle's weekly Learning page and will continue in that role.

"I consider myself quite lucky to have been able to find work that I love and am thankful for the support of The Eagle and the Berkshire community for allowing me to do this kind of journalistic work in my hometown," Smith said.