Meet The Herald’s new publisher at reception Tuesday

EVERETT — New Herald publisher Josh O’Connor plans to introduce himself to the community at a public reception next week.

The event is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Waterfront Center Blue Heron Room, Port of Everett, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett.

Sound Publishing, the company that purchased The Herald on March 4, is partnering with Economic Alliance Snohomish County to host the reception. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

O’Connor took over as publisher for The Herald on May 1. He replaced David Dadisman, who had been the publisher under The Herald’s previous owner, the Washington Post Co. Dadisman had stayed on at the paper through a 90-day transition period after the sale.

O’Connor has worked since 1998 in various capacities with Black Press, Sound Publishing’s Canadian parent. He was part of the acquisition team that helped make the daily Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii’s leading source for news and advertising.

Along with his new role at The Herald, O’Connor is continuing to serve as a Sound Publishing vice president, a position he’s held since 2008.

As publisher, O’Connor will manage all of The Herald’s approximately 170 employees.

When he took over, O’Connor said his top priorities include getting to know local business and civic leaders. His long-term business strategy is to improve the paper by focusing on readers, advertisers and staff.

As vice president of East Sound newspaper operations, O’Connor has overseen 18 publications as well as Sound Publishing’s press operation near Paine Field. That has helped familiarize him with Snohomish County.

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