Boston Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca is leaving the newspaper for a job at WHDH-TV. Sciacca confirmed the news in a Tuesday morning tweet.
“Onward!,” the veteran newsman tweeted. “After 37 years at @bostonherald, I’ve given my notice to join @7News as Enterprise Editor. Excited about this new chapter and proud of the incredible work by my Herald newsroom colleagues that keeps that important voice alive. I’ll remain a loyal reader, that’s for sure!”
Some well wishers hit him back right away on Twitter, including WBUR reporter Steve Brown and former Herald staffer Owen Boss, who currently works at WHDH-TV.
“Good luck in the new gig,” Brown wrote.
Boss added simply, “Welcome!”
Linda Miele, news director at WHDH-TV, announced Sciacca’s hiring in an e-mail to staff on Tuesday.
“I’m very excited to share the news that Joe Sciacca is joining our newsroom,” Miele wrote in her message, which the station forwarded to the Globe. “Joe’s been the editor-in-chief at the Boston Herald for almost 10 years and a journalist in this area for more than 40 years. His enthusiasm for what we do and his skill in doing it are unmatched. I know he’s going to be a perfect fit at 7NEWS and his experience, his extensive contacts and his impeccable news instincts will help make us even stronger.”
As enterprise editor, Miele wrote, “Joe will be organizing our coverage of big events like the New Hampshire Primary and helping with investigations and other exclusive content.”
Sciacca first joined the Herald in 1983 and became editor of the scrappy tabloid in 2010, according to his bio on the paper’s website.
“He has nearly four decades of daily newspaper experience as a reporter, political columnist and editor,” the bio says. “He was the 2016 recipient of the Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication awarded by Franklin Pierce University, which honored him as a ‘disruptor’ in the media industry.”
The bio says that under Sciacca’s leadership, “the Herald has been named as one of ‘10 Newspapers That Do It Right’ by Editor and Publisher, and Innovator of the Year by the Associated Press Media Editors for multimedia integration, including its pioneering internet platform Boston Herald Radio.”
His time in the news business began in the Merrimack Valley.
“He started his career as a correspondent for The Sun of Lowell and staff reporter at The Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence, Massachusetts,” the bio says. “He serves as a trustee of Austin Preparatory School and sits on the president’s advisory council and communication advisory board at Curry College. He is an annual guest lecturer in crisis communication at MIT.”