The Baltimore Guide welcomes its new Publisher, Ed Hoffman, a community newspaperman with nearly 40 years of experience in newspapers and magazines.
Hoffman served as an advertising manager, general manager, group manager and publisher for 22 years with Chesapeake Publishing, a Maryland company that owns and operates 18 daily and weekly newspapers with combined readership of nearly one million.
“It’s wonderful to be working in Baltimore again. My wife and I grew up here and raised our children on the Eastern Shore,” Hoffman says. “My career has moved me around the Mid-Atlantic but now I feel I am home again. I am eager to get reacquainted with the fine neighborhoods the Guide serves.”
Hoffman was born in Baltimore and graduated from Lansdowne High School.
He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, while also working as a cashier at an A&P grocery store in the city.
He was a member of UMBC’s first graduating class.
His wife, Margaret, grew up in West Baltimore. They now live in Elkton, where Ed likes to play golf and garden in his off-time. He is a weather enthusiast, with a weather station in his back yard that he monitors daily. His weather blog, “Ed’s Elkton Weather,” can be seen on Weather Underground, www.wunderground.com. He also blogs about city weather and conditions in The Baltimore Guide.
Everywhere Hoffman has worked—he moved to three different towns while at Chesapeake Publishing—he has become active in community groups.
His past affiliations include the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, Kent Island Rotary Club, president of the Richmond County, Va., Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Warsaw, Va., and the board of the Virginia Press Association.
“I am exchted to be the publisher of a newspaper that is such a great Baltimore tradition. I am devoted to continuing the strong commitment to our longtime readers and advertisers,” he says. “We will produce a newspaper and online product that appeals to many new readers and advertising clients as well.”
—by Jacqueline Watts