By: Joe Strupp
James A. Flachsenhaar, executive editor of Gannett’s Courier News in Bridgewater, N.J., has been named the new executive editor of the company’s Daily Record in nearby Parsippany, N.J., the paper reported. A 35-year journalist, Flachsenhaar replaces Dennis Lyons, who ran the newsroom there for seven years and has taken an assignment editor post with USA Today.
“I come here to make the Daily Record as sophisticated and significant a storyteller and public advocate for Morris County as any paper can be,” Flachsenhaar, 55, said in a story on the Daily Record Web site.
Flachsenhaar had served as the paper’s managing editor in the 1980s.
Daily Record President and Publisher Joseph L. Cavone said he had known Flachsenhaar for 20 years, including when he was an editor at The former News Tribune in Woodbridge, N.J. another Gannett property, when Flachsenhaar was editor in chief there.
“Jim’s leadership qualities, knowledge of Morris County and strategic thinking make him the ideal choice for executive editor. It’s a pleasure to work with him again,” Cavone said in a story.
Lyons, whose new role at USA Today will include working with reporters from various Gannett papers during stints at the Gannett flagship, said he was glad to take on a new challenge, noting that the new job also puts him closer to his wife’s family in Virginia, where USA Today is located. “It was a nice opportunity,” he told E&P.
The Courier News has yet to name a replacement for Flachsenhaar.