The Andover Townsman this week welcomes Bill Cantwell, a veteran journalist, as its new editor.
Cantwell replaces Bill Kirk, who has been the editor of the Townsman since 2015 and was the assistant editor prior to that. Kirk is moving to a new role with The Townsman's sister newspaper, The Eagle-Tribune.
A lifelong resident of Haverhill, Cantwell has worked at The Eagle-Tribune for 38 years and has been editor of the Haverhill Gazette for the last 15 years. He said he is dedicated to the readership and coverage of Andover.
"In my work, my passion has always been delivering local news to our readers, the stories that impact them and their families," he said. "That's been at the heart of my personal mission my entire career, and I am committed to doing the same for the people of Andover."
Cantwell encourages readers in Andover to contact him to offer story ideas, and also give opinions on coverage.
"Their input gives us our best chance to do the job well," he said.
Karen Andreas, publisher of the Townsman, said Cantwell is the perfect leader for the community weekly.
"Bill Cantwell is the ultimate community editor who truly understands local news," Andreas said. "Along with Town Hall issues, that means Little League scores, senior center news, business spotlights, school happenings. I am certain Bill will continue the longstanding tradition of top-notch journalism that enhances the lives of the Andover community."
Executive Editor David Joyner, an Andover resident, said the Townsman is being passed on to steady leadership.
"The Townsman and its readers are in great hands with Bill," he said. "He’s a veteran journalist with an innate sense of the Merrimack Valley, and he’s well attuned to the issues and intricacies of our town."
Last week closed out Kirk's time at the paper, as he moved on to cover Lawrence, a major area of emphasis for The Eagle-Tribune.
"I very much appreciate Bill Kirk’s stewardship of The Townsman, especially the thoughtfulness and care he used in covering Andover and editing its community newspaper," Joyner said. "His work is truly award winning. At the same time, I am eager to see him bring a fresh look to a critical assignment for The Eagle-Tribune."