Massachusetts-based publisher Karen Andreas wins national Editor & Publisher award

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Editor & Publisher, a journal that has chronicled the newspaper business for about 130 years, has named a Massachusetts-based media executive as the nation's publisher of the year.

Karen Andreas is publisher of eight daily and weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that are part of the North of Boston Media Group based in North Andover. The group is the regional arm of Montgomery, Alabama-based Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.

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Editor & Publisher reports that the 48-year-old Andreas said she was "stunned and overwhelmed" after she was named the 2014 Publisher of the Year.

Andreas has worked as a reporter for various publications before she moved to management.

She was named sole publisher of her media group in March 2013 after a reorganization that eliminated publisher position for individual newspapers.