Tom Kearney is managing editor of the Stowe Reporter and Waterbury Record, weekly newspapers based in Stowe, Vt. Kearney worked at the weeklies for seven years before joining hibu (formerly Yellowbook) in 2012, where he was senior manager for global editorial quality for a project that launched 700 monthly community magazines in 15 months in the U.S., UK and Spain. However, the project folded in 2014 and Kearney, a native Vermonter, returned to the Stowe-based newspapers.
Kearney also worked at the daily Keene (N.H.) Sentinel for 36 years, the last 20 as executive editor. Previously, he was a reporter, city editor and managing editor/news. During his time there, the news staff grew from 10 people to 33.
Both the Stowe Reporter and the Sentinel have been judged the best newspapers of their size in the region by the New England Newspaper & Press Association and its predecessor the New England Newspaper Association, respectively.
Kearney has been a board member and president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, a board member of the New England Newspaper & Press Association, a charter member of the New Hampshire Committee on Judiciary and the Media, a steering committee member on the New Hampshire Supreme Court Task Force on Internet Access to Court Records, a legislative witness for the Vermont Press Association, and a two-time Pulitzer Prize juror. He has received the Yankee Quill award, the N.H. First Amendment Award, and the Keene State College Alumni Achievement Award, and was selected for the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Kearney attended Fairfield University and graduated from Keene State College. He did graduate work in journalism at UMass-Amherst, taught a required journalism course at Keene State for 12 years, and was an adviser to the Franklin Pierce University newspaper for four years.