By Elizabeth Hacala, President of the Bedford Citizen
On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, I hope all the members of The Bedford Citizen community will join us in congratulating our own managing editor Wayne Braverman on his selection as the recipient of the Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award for 2023.
This award recognizes an individual who has an exceptional record of commitment to community journalism. With more than 25 national and regional media awards to his name, this is the latest in a long list of recognitions and awards Wayne has received in his career. As fellow long-term Bedford resident and Citizen reporter Mike Rosenburg reflected, Wayne began his career in journalism 50 years ago as a sportswriter while in college for The Bedford Patriot during which time he was embedded with the Bedford High football team, reporting on the experience before joining the Bedford Minuteman as a freelance sports reporter.
From there, Wayne worked for several news outlets in the area, including Minuteman Publications, Beacon Communications, the Community Newspaper Company, Town Online, GateHouse Media New England and Gannett, serving as a senior sports editor, news editor, senior news editor, Community Connections senior community advocate/web trainer and director, internship coordinator, and managing editor for many community newspapers in Eastern and Central Massachusetts.
Just over one year ago, Wayne joined The Citizen as managing editor. We are fortunate to have someone with his experience and talents as Managing Editor of The Citizen.
The Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award was presented as part of the New England Newspaper Conference on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Thank you, Wayne, for all you bring to Bedford as well as to The Bedford Citizen!