Burlington, Vt. â€“ Seven Days has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeff Good to be a co-editor in charge of news content. He comes to Vermontâ€™s largest newsweekly from the Valley News, which serves the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. Over the course of 13 years, Good served as the paperâ€™s capital bureau chief, news editor, managing editor and editor of its 32-person newsroom. Under his direction, the daily won numerous regional and national awards and became a training ground for promising young reporters, photographers and editors.
A 1981 graduate of St. Michaelâ€™s College, Good started his journalism career as an intern at the Vermont Vanguard Press and worked as a writer and editor for Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. He went on to spend 12 years at Floridaâ€™s St. Petersburg Times, where he won a 1995 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing for a series on abuses in state probate courts that combined investigative reporting and opinion writing. He served as capital bureau chief at the Burlington Free Press from 1996 to 1999 and returned to St. Michaelâ€™s College for a brief stint teaching journalism and writing about the collegeâ€™s history.
Over the years, Good has contributed articles to The New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Journalism Review. He is also co-author of Poison Mind, a non-fiction book about a Florida murder case.
â€œJeffâ€™s got the whole package: Heâ€™s an elegant writer, a rigorous editor and an effective and encouraging coach,â€ says publisher and co-editor Paula Routly, who has served as interim news editor since July. â€œThe Seven Days newsroom will certainly benefit from his talent and experience.â€
Associate publisher and co-editor Pamela Polston concurs. â€œSeven Days is still fully committed to arts and culture reporting, and that wonâ€™t change,â€ says Polston. â€œJeff is going to grow our news coverage. His extensive background makes him an exciting addition to our team.â€
The timing couldnâ€™t be better, says Good. He and his wife, Laura Dintino, met as students at St. Michaelâ€™s. Their children, Amelia and Alex, are in college and the couple looks forward to returning to Burlington to live and work.
â€œIâ€™ve had a great 13 years at the Valley News and I will miss working with my talented colleagues,â€ Good said. â€œBut this job represents an opportunity to grow in new ways. The founders and staff of Seven Days have established the paper and its website as a must-read in Vermont, the state that is my heartâ€™s home. At a time when many news organizations are struggling, it is soaring. How could I resist?â€
Good will join the staff of Seven Days on October 30.
Da Capo Publishing Inc., dba Seven Days, was founded by Pamela Polston and Paula Routly in 1995. In addition to its five free publications, the company also produces two annual events: Vermont Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam, a job fair and tech expo. In 2013, Editor & Publisher selected Seven Days for inclusion in its annual feature, â€œ10 Newspapers That Do It Right.â€