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Editor stepping down to spare newspaper layoffs

December 9, 2014 GMT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The award-winning editor of The Standard-Times of New Bedford says he’s stepping down early next year to spare the newspaper additional layoffs.

Bob Unger says he decided to resign as editor and associate publisher on Jan. 6, primarily because the newspaper recently acquired by GateHouse Media is facing a challenging revenue situation.

Unger said Tuesday he hopes his resignation will help the paper avoid cuts to newsroom staff. The 63-year-old Unger has been editor since 2005 and added the associate publisher duties in 2010.

Peter Meyer, president and publisher of SouthCoast Media Group, said in an email to staff that the company would conduct an internal search for a new editor.

Under Unger, The Standard-Times three times was named New England Newspaper & Press Association newspaper of the year.