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Trib honors employees on 25th anniversary of purchase from Gannett

Trib Total Media on Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of its acquisition of three newspapers from Gannett Publishing Co., including the Valley News Dispatch.

The Trib took over ownership of the publications on Dec. 1, 1997. In addition to the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, Tribune-Review Publishing Co. acquired the North Hills News Record and The Herald of Sharpsburg.

The Trib continues to publish the Valley News Dispatch edition seven days a week and The Herald once a week.

“Our company began a transformation that continues to this day as we seek to provide a reliable news source to communities that have counted on us for years,” said Jennifer Bertetto, the Trib’s President and CEO since January 2015. “Our commitment to our readers is stronger than ever.”

To mark the occasion, the Trib honored 20 employees who were working at the company prior to the acquisition. Those employees, who have at least 25 years of service, are:

Rob Amen
Joel Antkowiak
Rebecca Callahan
George Chilia
Susan Crawford
Tara Easter
Luis Fabregas
Christopher Horner
Linda Huet
Tony LaRussa
Gemma Pollice
Matt Provenzo
Douglas Rzomp
Charles “Chaz” Palla
Carol Pinto-Smith
James Slater
Paul Varga
Kevin Weeter
Dave Williams
Marje Horvath Wos

In addition, the Trib this week honored two employees who were not part of the acquisition: Rich Cholodofsky, who has 30 years of service, and David Matteoni, who has 25 years of service.