STAFF REPORT

Michael Hinman is the new editor of the Herald Community Newspapers. Stuart Richner, CEO of Richner Communications Inc. and publisher of the newspaper group which also owns The Riverdale Pressmade the announcement last week.

Hinman succeeds Scott Brinton, who led the editorial department since 2016.

The Herald community newspapers include nearly two dozen publications and more than 20 reporters and editors. Hinman will also oversee The Riverdale Pressof which he has been editor since 2017, helping the publication win 29 state awards during that time, including the New York Press Association’s highest honor last year, recognizing overall excellence.

Joining Hinman’s leadership team is a long time Herald of Nassau publisher Jeff Bessen, who becomes the heralds‘ new deputy editor.

“I’m thrilled to see two longtime members of the Richner Communications family take on expanded roles,” said Stuart Richner. “For the past five years, Michael has been an unwavering steward of The Riverdale Press‘ heritage of excellence. Now he brings his uncompromising journalism and innovative storytelling to the Herald writing.

“Jeff has been a leading voice in the Herald newsroom for over a decade,” Richner added. “In the role of newly created Associate Editor, Jeff will further infuse his dogged reporting into our more than 20 editions of the Herald.

“I know that under Mike and Jeff’s leadership, our newsroom will continue to be the premier source of local information for Long Islanders. I look forward to seeing how our award-winning team will find new ways to serve our communities. »

Although born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Hinman has spent most of his adult life in central Florida. His work ranged from neighborhood newspapers like the Zephyrhills News and The Lakerto the largest Sunbelt Newspaper division of The TampaTribune. He also spent years as a real estate reporter for the Tampa Bay Business Journalas well as the Sarasota-based company Business Observer.

During his time with the business diaryHinman won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Best Business Reporting award for his series of stories focusing on the failed Trump Tower Tampa project.

“Our communities are filled with stories just waiting to be told,” Hinman said. “That is why neighborhood newspapers like the heralds are so vital. We’re renewing our mission to find those stories and share them — to inform you, help you, and hopefully even put a smile on your face every once in a while.

Prior to his tenure covering the Five Cities, Bessen was editor of the Islip Newsletter and Suffolk County Newswhich covered several communities on the south shore of Suffolk County.

Bessen has won a number of awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of Long Island over the years, most recently as a Press Club finalist for non-local news and features in 2021, and for reporting in-depth narratives. / series in 2020.

“The heralds have always had the community in mind when producing their award-winning stories,” said Bessen. “We aim to deepen this engagement by focusing more on the broader issues – such as politics – that impact our readers.”