Larry Parnass will be replacing Cynthia Simison as the new Executive Editor of The Republican newspaper in Springfield, Ma.

Cynthia G. Simison, whose career at The Republican stretches back nearly 50 years, will retire as its executive editor on March 1. She will be succeeded by Larry Parnass, who has had a presence in journalism in Western Massachusetts since the 1980s.

George Arwady, publisher and CEO of The Republican, announced the change in leadership.

“Cynthia has been the heart of The Republican for a half-century,” Arwady said. “Although no one in this organization has ever worked harder for longer, bringing the highest standards of professional journalism to our communities, it is the heart she has for the people we’ve covered that really shines throughout her excellent writing and editing.”

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