Noah R. Bombard is the communications director for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities. Prior to that, he had a 26-year career in journalism, working as an editor and writer for various Massachusetts media outlets.

Bombard was most recently the senior managing editor of news at MassLive and was instrumental in helping to grow the outlet from a Western Mass.-based news site to a statewide operation with reporters in Springfield, Worcester and Boston.

Bombard started his journalism career as a reporter at The Item in Clinton in 1997 before joining Community Newspaper Company, where he served as managing editor of the company’s Northwest Unit, a group of 22 weekly newspapers. He went on to serve as editor-in-chief of Worcester Magazine before switching his focus to digital journalism as social media and web editor at the Eagle-Tribune and then digital editor at the Telegram & Gazette. He joined MassLive in 2014.

Bombard’s past recognitions at NENPA include being named 2004 serious columnist of the year (weekly division) as well as first place awards for a 2006 social issues feature story and a 2004 special award for coverage of a plan to close a veterans hospital in Bedford. He was editor of the Times & Courier when it was named 2006 newspaper of the year (weekly division). Bombard was also part of a team that won a 2013 Right to Know award from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association for a story exposing violations of the state’s public records laws.

He lives in Clinton, Mass.