Wayne Phaneuf, Western Mass Newspaperman & Historian, Retires

After a long and distinguished career, The Republican Executive Editor Wayne Phaneuf is retiring.  Phaneuf spent 50 years at the newspaper, starting in 1969. He is being succeeded by Cynthia Simison, the first woman executive editor in the newspaper’s 195-year history.  

Phaneuf also wears another hat. He and his writing partner Joe Carvalho have written nearly twenty books on local history. Connecting Point’s Ray Hershel sat down with Phaneuf and Carvalho to talk about Phaneuf’s legendary newspaper career and the work both are doing in to keep local history alive.