Business Brief: Gazette hires former LA Times scribe as managing editor

The Vineyard Gazette announced Friday that Joel Greenberg is the Edgartown weekly’s new managing editor. Mr. Greenberg arrives on the Vineyard by way of Woods Hole and Los Angeles.

He worked for 20 years at the Los Angeles Times where he was science and medicine editor. After accepting a buyout in 2008, he went to work in the media relations office of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a writer and publicist.

He is no stranger to the Vineyard. He and his wife were married on the Vineyard and have been regular visitors for 30 years. They have two grown children.

In a telephone conversation with The Times Tuesday, Mr. Greenberg said an email from Gazette editor Julia Wells prompted his move to the Vineyard. He said he wanted to return to newspapering “and the timing just worked out perfect.”

Mr. Greenberg’s hire is the latest change on the Gazette masthead following its sale by the Reston Family in November 2010 to Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg, long-time seasonal Island residents who live in Mt. Kisco, New York.

Mr. Kohlberg is a financier widely acknowledged as a leveraged buyout pioneer, first with Bear Stearns and later Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts. Mr. Kohlberg later founded his own investment firm, Kohlberg & Company, now run by his son and headquartered in Mt. Kisco.

Last March, the Kohlbergs announced they had hired Jane Seagrave, a New York business executive with the Associated Press (AP), to be the publisher of the Gazette.

She and her husband, John H. Kennedy, a former Boston Globe reporter and journalism professor whose byline now appears in the Gazette, relocated from their home in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, to the Vineyard.

In October, the newspaper named Vanessa Czarnecki, former editor of the Vineyard AOL online blog news site Patch, news editor. Julia Wells continues as editor, according to the Gazette.