General Manager David Sangiorgio named ‘Monitor’ publisher

Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014
David Sangiorgio, who has held numerous roles in his seven years at the Monitor, has been named publisher.

The company conducted a national search for a publisher before choosing Sangiorgio, said Aaron Julien, president of Newspapers of New England, parent company of the Monitor.

For the first time in at least 30 years, the paper will be led by a publisher who rose exclusively through the business operations of the news industry, instead of the editorial side. Sangiorgio, most recently the paper’s general manager, has served as director in both the advertising and circulation departments, and worked in the paper’s human resources department since joining the Monitor in 2007.

Julien told staff yesterday the paper is “on solid ground” financially.

Sangiorgio credits that to a balanced revenue stream, mostly from local advertisers.

“We’re fortunate right now that we have a lot of advertisers, that we’re not relying on one big advertiser, because we’re so localized,” he said. “We value all advertisers but that fear isn’t there that if one big advertiser pulls, we’re in trouble.

“We’re doing well and a lot of that has to do with our focus . . . staying on local news and of course our incredible political coverage,” he said.

Editor Steve Leone, who joined the paper in February and was appointed to his position in April, plans to expand the reporting staff for local, political and statewide business coverage, a proposal Sangiorgio endorsed as general manager, and as publisher.

The Monitor will be one of only two newspapers in the state to have a reporter dedicated to covering the State House, as the Telegraph of Nashua plans to close its State House bureau next week.

“It is absolutely part of our mission moving forward to maintain that presence,” Sangiorgio said. “We’re in the state capital, and people look to us from across the country during the political season.”

He started his newspaper career in high school, working evenings as a telemarketer for the Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Mass.

“I kind of fell in love with the idea that I knew before everyone else what was going on in the community. Back then before social media, papers were truly the first source of news,” he said.

Social media has eroded the immediacy of breaking news in a daily print product, which means going forward, Sangiorgio wants the Monitor to make a more prominent space online for breaking news and video, and expand the reporting staff.

More changes are coming for the business operations of the paper, with the hiring of a new circulation director, Tom Bell, due to start Sept. 2.

Sangiorgio lives in Salem with his wife, Jessica. They plan to move to the Concord area within the next year.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)