Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barbara Roessner ’75, P’15, was named executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, effective Aug. 1. She will be responsible for overseeing all editorial content and initiatives in the company’s four Connecticut dailies (Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, The News-Times in Danbury, The Advocate in Stamford and Greenwich Time), as well as seven Fairfield county weeklies.
Beginning at The Hartford Courant in 1978 as a beat reporter, Roessner later served as chief political writer, opinion columnist, writing coach and deputy managing editor overseeing investigative and enterprise reporting. She was part of the 1999 Courant team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, covering the workplace killings at the Connecticut State Lottery headquarters. She also directed investigative and enterprise efforts that were Pulitzer finalists in 2007, 2003 and 2001 and served as managing editor of the newspaper from 2006 to 2009.
A classics major at Wesleyan, she was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University from 2003 to 2004.
Most recently, she served as a strategic communications consultant for educational and non-profit institutions, including Harvard University and the Aspen Institute.
“I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to get back to doing what I love most—public service journalism,” Roessner said in a company press release.