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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bucknam named managing editor of The Telegraph

By Telegraph staff

Publisher Jim Konig announced Tuesday that Sandy Bucknam has been chosen as the new executive managing editor of The Telegraph.

Konig made the announcement at a companywide meeting on Tuesday. ...

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Publisher Jim Konig announced Tuesday that Sandy Bucknam has been chosen as the new executive managing editor of The Telegraph.

Konig made the announcement at a companywide meeting on Tuesday.

“We are happy to name Sandy Bucknam as our new executive managing editor,” Konig said. “We took a look at his resume, and it was obvious he was the right choice for the position.

“He has been with us for 38 years, and during that time he has done just about every job in the newsroom. He really has a feel for the pulse of the community, and I know the readers will benefit greatly with Sandy in the role of executive managing editor.”

Bucknam most recently was weeklies and community news editor of The Telegraph.

“I’m grateful to Jim for the faith he has placed in me,” Bucknam said. “This is a particularly exciting time to be named the executive managing editor as we prepare for our move back to Main Street in Nashua, especially since I began my career with The Telegraph in 1978 when we were at 60 Main Street.

“Hudson has been a good host to us all these years, but it’s nice to be moving back home to downtown Nashua.”

Bucknam started at The Telegraph in June 1978 as a sports reporter after graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1973 and earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1977. Since then, he has held virtually every position in the newsroom, including sports editor and Sunday/features editor, and has won numerous awards for writing and for sections of the paper he has edited.

“I’ve stayed at The Telegraph all these years because after I moved here from my hometown of Pittsfield – yes, the one near Concord, not the one in Massachusetts – I fell in love with the area,” Bucknam said. “I’ve also worked with a lot of great people over the years, and the staff we have in the newsroom now is a really dedicated, hardworking bunch of people. I wouldn’t have taken on these new responsibilities if I didn’t already know how much I can count on them.”

Bucknam said he remembers his first day on the job vividly.

“I walked into the office at 8 a.m. sharp, because that’s the time that was posted on the door for the office to open,” he said. “The managing editor who hired me, the late John Stylianos, told me I was an hour late because newsroom personnel start at 7. Talk about making a first impression.

“Then they sat me down in front of a manual typewriter to type up some sports news. I’d never typed on a manual typewriter in my life – my parents had bought me an electric typewriter as a Christmas gift one year. So that was a pretty agonizing start.

“But I obviously stuck with it, and I learned a lot from a lot of great journalists over the years. However, I never could have done it without the support of my family and especially my wife, Heather, who’s an eighth-grade science teacher at Hudson Memorial School. That’s pretty good training to put up with me. But I wouldn’t be here without her.”