Big changes are coming to the Longmeadow News and Enfield Press, the two weekly newspapers owned and operated by The Westfield News Group, LLC.
Editor Jeff Hanouille, who has overseen the Enfield Press since 2009 and the Longmeadow News since 2013, will be stepping down from his position effective April 18 to pursue another career opportunity as he gets ready to welcome a new child to his family this summer.
Chris Maza, a Springfield native who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in journalism and newspapers, will be taking Hanouille’s place.
“Jeff Hanouille has been an integral part of the success of The Westfield News Group and in keeping the local communities he covers informed about important matters,” said Patrick Berry, president and owner of The Westfield News Group. “Jeff will surely be missed by all of us; however, we have found ourselves in a very fortunate situation, as a longtime community news reporter and editor will be taking over. Chris Maza comes to us with a wealth of community news experience, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him jump right in upon Jeff’s departure.”
Maza comes to The Westfield News Group from American International College, where he was a Senior Writer and Editor. Prior to that Maza served as Assistant Managing Editor at Reminder Publications; Assistant Sports Editor at the Bennington Banner in Bennington, VT; Sports Staff Writer at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, MA; and as a longtime contributor to The Republican and MassLive.
“I am excited to join the Westfield News Group and continue Jeff Hanouille’s fine work,” Maza said. “Local reporting is as important as ever and I am thrilled to be a part of such a meaningful undertaking. I look forward to becoming a part of the Enfield and Longmeadow communities.”
Maza is a Springfield native who has spent most of his life in Western MA. He is married to his wife Eileen, and together they have a young daughter named Meghan and a beautiful dog named Comet.
Hanouille, who was hired by the Westfield News Group in 2007 one week after graduating from Westfield State University, said the decision to leave was a tough choice but one he needed to make in the best interest of his family.
“My days, weeks, months, and years have been dedicated to putting out local news content for these papers for most of my adult life, so this wasn’t a decision I made quickly,” Hanouille said. “Everyone at the paper is like family to me, and I’ve made countless friends and colleagues through my work in Enfield and Longmeadow. “I was recently given a tremendous opportunity, and after a lot of reflection decided to accept a position in a different field of work. I’m happy that the Enfield Press and Longmeadow News will be left in the very capable hands of Chris Maza, and I cannot thank Patrick Berry and everyone at The Westfield News Group enough for their dedication to me over these last 12 years. For everyone I’ve met along the way during this journey, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Hanouille is a Southwick native who is married to his wife Krystal. Together, they have a daughter named Kylie and a soon-to-be-born son named Mason. They also have two beautiful cats named Bradley and Benji.