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‘Valley News’ Names Frank as Next Editor

Martin Frank

Martin Frank

West Lebanon — Martin Frank, longtime editorial page editor of the Valley News, has been named the paper’s new editor.

Publisher Dan McClory made the announcement at a staff meeting Tuesday afternoon.

“Marty has been a valuable member of the Valley News staff for over 27 years. He has earned the respect of his colleagues while serving as editorial page editor and local news editor,” McClory said. “Marty will carry on our tradition of editorial excellence and be an integral part of the team that continues to develop our web presence. I am excited and look forward to working with Marty in his new role.”

Frank, 59, succeeds Jeffrey Good, who left the Valley News at the end of October to become co-editor of Seven Days, the alternative weekly based in Burlington. He takes over at a time of rapid change in the newspaper industry, one in which the Valley News seeks to maintain its vibrant base as a print publication while exploring the potential of its website.

As editor, he will be responsible for all news operations, while remaining a member of the paper’s editorial board. The appointment is effective Jan. 5.

“Over the years that I have worked at the Valley News, I have continued to be gratified by the numerous compliments I receive from Upper Valley residents about the newspaper,” Frank said. “I have always valued being able to work at a newspaper that is widely regarded as an important part of the community and now look forward to helping guide the staff in exploring how we might improve or expand the role we play, not just through our newspaper but also on the web.”

Frank attended the University of California, Berkeley, and eventually graduated with a B.S. in history from University of California at Santa Cruz. In the interim, he worked in a tomato cannery and aboard ship on a Danish freighter to, in his words, “augment my education.”

After internships at the Los Angeles Times and the San Jose Mercury News, Frank worked as a reporter and editor at the Keene Sentinel before joining the Valley News as editorial page editor in 1986. He has held that position since then except for five years during which he supervised the paper’s local news operation. He has won numerous awards for editorial writing in Vermont, New Hampshire and New England competitions.

A resident of South Strafford, Frank and his wife, Rebecca Seibel, have two adult sons who live and work in Wilder. He serves as treasurer of the Board of Trustees for Morrill Memorial and Harris Library. Birdwatching, bicycling, cross-country skiing and hunting for mushrooms are among his outdoor avocations. When forced indoors, he has been known to put down his book long enough to play a hand or two of poker.