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Herald-Times Editor Steps Down Months After Taking Over

The Herald Times Building

The Herald-Times has seen considerable turnover since being bought by GateHouse Media. (Steve Burns, WTIU/WFIU News)

J.J. Perry is stepping down as editor of the Herald-Times newspaper after just three months in the position. Perry’s last day will be April 30.

He took over for long-time editor Bob Zaltsberg on Feb. 1, shortly after GateHouse Media bought the paper. The transition coincided with Zaltsberg’s retirement.

According to a story published Wednesday by the Herald-Times, Perry was told about plans to sell the paper when he was offered the editor position.

GateHouse laid off two Herald-Times employees after purchasing the paper. The company laid off six employees total across the Hoosier Times Group, which includes the Herald-Times.

According to the newspaper, Perry started his career in journalism at the Herald-Times in 1997. He spent 13 years at the organization in different capacities.

Publisher Cory Bollinger and General Manager Larry Hensley are working with GateHouse Media on a transition plan.

Bollinger says in the Herald-Times that Perry was not forced out and that is was his own personal decision. 

This story has been updated.

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