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Editor Leaving ‘Valley News’

Jeff Good

Jeff Good

West Lebanon — Jeff Good, editor of the Valley News, has announced that he is leaving the paper at the end of October to become co-editor of Seven Days, the alternative weekly based in Burlington.

In a note to the staff distributed Thursday, Good wrote that, “When I joined the staff in 2000, I had a dream of playing a leadership role at an excellent paper covering the community where my kids would grow up. The dream has come true, and then some.” But, he wrote, “there comes a time when it’s healthy to make room for the next generation of leadership.”

Good, who lives in Meriden, served the Valley News as Montpelier bureau chief, news editor, managing editor, and, for the past seven years, as editor. Before joining the Valley News, he won the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1995 for the St. Petersburg Times and also worked at the Burlington Free Press. He is the co-author, with Susan Goreck, of Poison Mind, a nonfiction account of an undercover murder investigation.

“Jeff has been an integral part of this newspaper for over 13 years and will be sorely missed,” said Publisher Dan McClory. “He is a top notch journalist and was instrumental in continuing the long history of quality journalism that the Valley News strives to provide. It has been a pleasure to work with Jeff; I wish him the best at Seven Days.”

Editor at Large Jim Fox will oversee the newsroom after Good’s departure until a permanent successor is named.

— Staff report