Zachary joins The Republican Journal as new copy editor

By Jordan Bailey | Aug 11, 2014
Photo by: Jordan Bailey

Carolyn Zachary, an award winning writer and editor, has been hired as the new copy editor for The Republican Journal, bringing a wealth of experience to the team.

After receiving a degree in journalism from University of Maine, Zachary worked as general assignment/rewrite reporter on the city room staff of The Newark News in New Jersey, then the largest paper in the state. Next came  two years as a reporter/photographer on the Keene Sentinel, a small daily newspaper in southwest New Hampshire.

Zachary moved on to a reporter position with another New Jersey paper, the Camden Courier-Post. There she was promoted to assistant city editor, becoming the first woman hired to a position on that paper's city desk. She won a Philadelphia Press Association award in human interest new writing while at the Courier-Post.

Maine beckoned, and Zachary returned when her then-husband was hired as a reporter at the Bangor Daily News. She knew she would not be considered for a position there herself.

“The paper had a policy against nepotism,” she said, "so I shifted into public relations."

After a stint as Husson College's public affairs director, she joined AT&T's public relations department. There she spent much of her career writing and editing in the areas of media relations, internal communications, speech writing and investor communications.

Following positions of ever-increasing responsibility with AT&T, in 1992, she was named vice president of public relations for AT&T Capital Corp., a global equipment leasing and financial services subsidiary. After that company was sold for $2.2 billion, she went into business for herself as a public relations consultant.

During her AT&T career, the internal publications and annual reports she edited, as well as her writing, won numerous awards in the business communications realm.

Despite her longer career in PR, Zachary describes her years in the newspaper business as the most fun she has ever had working. And she has always wanted to live in Maine.

When she married her high-school sweetheart in 2002, her stipulation was that they move to Maine. “I've vacationed here since I was 10,” Zachary said. “Maine is my favorite place in the world.”

The couple moved to Belfast in 2006, and Zachary has been consulting, freelance writing and substitute teaching in Waldo County schools since then.

Returning to journalism as copy editor with The Republican Journal is a sort of homecoming.

“I started my career in the newspaper business,” she said. “It was my first love. I am absolutely thrilled to be back.”

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