Editor Green retiring from Breeze May 5

Editor Green retiring from Breeze May 5

Shorey will assume role of managing editor

CUMBERLAND – Publisher Tom Ward is announcing this week the May 5 retirement of Marcia Green, editor of The Valley Breeze since its founding in 1996.

Replacing her will be Ethan Shorey, a Breeze reporter for the past 11 years, who will assume the title of managing editor.

“This will certainly be a sad day here at The Valley Breeze,” said Ward. “But nobody deserves a break more than Marcia, and I’m pleased she’ll have plenty of time now for travel and her beautiful grandchildren. For 21 years, she has been the heart and soul of the paper’s coverage and a steady voice of reason. Everyone here will miss her greatly,” said Ward.

Shorey, 34, said he has a big challenge ahead of him in taking over for the retiring Green, who helped start the paper with Ward and Deputy Publisher Jamie Quinn.

“I’m excited to keep growing with a company that is so committed to what I love, which is sharing stories that make a difference and matter to people,” said Shorey. “The Breeze has set the standard for news coverage in the Blackstone Valley since it was founded 21 years ago.”

He credited Green for being a great example of what a news professional should be and thanked her for her hard work and patience in helping him become a better reporter.

Green said she has “full confidence in Ethan’s ability to take the newsroom helm” and noted the extraordinary work he has done for not only the print papers but also the Breeze website that continues to grow in readership.

Shorey, who lives in Cumberland with his wife, Mikaela, and three children, Wesley, 5, Everett, 3, and Añalia, nine months, joined The Valley Breeze 11 years ago this month, starting out covering North Providence. He later covered Woonsocket and North Smithfield before helping to start The Valley Breeze Pawtucket edition and adding North Providence back into his beat. As online news editor since 2014, he has helped expand Breeze readership in new ways.

He will cover stories in Cumberland, Pawtucket and North Providence in addition to leading the paper’s overall reporting efforts.

Shorey, a 2005 graduate of Clarks Summit University in South Abington Township, Pa., with a degree in written communications, has won several awards, including four individual reporting awards from the Rhode Island Press Association this year in news, investigative, unexpected, and health care categories. He and the Breeze staff have also won two Rhode Island Press Association awards for political coverage, including one this year. He also won first place for news story in 2010.

He previously covered stories for several Massachusetts newspapers, including The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro.

When he’s not working, Shorey enjoys spending time with his family, exploring Rhode Island, watching Boston sports teams, disc golf, woodworking and grilling.

Green, also a Cumberland resident who was recently named to the New England Press Association’s Hall of Fame, has helped The Breeze grow from a single Cumberland-Lincoln edition to five editions covering 10 communities in northern Rhode Island.

Throughout most of her 21-year Breeze career she has covered Cumberland and Lincoln news and features. Previously, she was a reporter and later city editor of the Pawtucket Times.

“This community has been fortunate for what came of my unscheduled visit to Marcia’s home in January of 1996, when I told her what I hoped to create and asked her if she’d join in the effort,” said Ward. “I was lucky she said ‘yes.’ Everyone in this community...we were all lucky.”

Marcia and her husband, Alan, raised two sons, Nathan and Alexander, and now count six grandchildren.

Ward is hosting an afternoon open house on Friday, May 5, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Breeze’s Lincoln office for readers to drop by to bid farewell to Green, enjoy some refreshments, and greet Breeze employees, including new editor Shorey.