After 22 months on the job, Burlington Free Press publisher Al Getler has been replaced by his predecessor, the newspaper announced Thursday. The Gannett-owned daily provided no explanation for Getler’s departure. He declined to comment.
According to the Free Press story announcing the transition, Fogler will now publish both papers. Even after he took the job in Poughkeepsie, the story said, he continued to commute between the two regions, because his family remained in South Burlington.
“I’m excited to be back, and I look forward to reconnecting with the community as well as the team here,” Fogler told the Free Press’ Dan D’Ambrosio. “My plan is to split my time evenly between the two sites.”
“I’m here to stay,” he told that paper. “This is an exciting opportunity as my role expands to a more regional level. I’m truly getting the best of both worlds since I’ve been back in my hometown at the Journal, and now I’m also back to a place, Burlington, I’ve called home for six years. We’ll continue to provide our local communities with the quality journalism they expect as we evolve and grow as digital-media organizations.”
Neither Fogler nor Gannett northeast regional president Thomas Donovan responded to requests for comment Thursday afternoon.