Regan returns as ONA executive director

Just got this message from Online News Association president Jon Dube:

ONA Executive Director Lori Schwab’s
career aspirations are taking her in a new direction and she has left
ONA. During her time with ONA, the organization’s membership and
conference attendance grew to record numbers. We thank her for her
nearly two years of service and wish her every success.

As we begin a search for a new Executive Director, we are thrilled that
Tom Regan has agreed to serve as Acting Executive Director.

Many of you know Tom from his time as Executive Director of ONA from
2004 to 2006. He is a long-time practitioner of online journalism,
starting in 1992 when he put his daily column on a listserv and asked
his readers to comment. He put the first newspaper on the web in Canada
in 1994 (The Halifax Daily News), and helped design and run the website
of The Christian Science Monitor in 1996. Tom has also been a Nieman
Fellow at Harvard University, the Terrorism and Security blogger at the
Christian Science Monitor and, for the past year, the news/politics
blogger for

Please welcome Tom back.

Congratulations to Tom, who is one of the sharpest people I know in the field of online journalism.

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