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Cynic opinion editor takes on top job at local mag

May 23, 2014
Zach Despart

Zach Despart

A former opinion editor and columnist for The Vermont Cynic has taken on the top job at Thread Magazine, a Burlington-based arts, culture, music and politics online magazine.

Zach Despart, who wrote for the Cynic from 2009 to 2012, has worked for WCAX-TV in Burlington and continues to report for Middlebury’s Addison Independent. He’s been writing for Thread since 2012, said Ben Sarle, the magazine’s founder.

“I have no doubt that Zach will do a fantastic job as Thread’s editor,” Sarle said. “He’s been a trusted and talented part of the team for a long time.

“I’m stoked to see where he takes the publication.”

Despart said he hopes to continue producing in-depth features about issues that the Burlington audience cares about, as well as profiles of the creative people that give the city its identity.

“Burlington is a dynamic, beautiful city filled with so many talented people,” he said. “I want to continue to capture that.

“Ben’s poured a lot of hard work into the publication and cultivated a significant following in Burlington. I’m excited to keep Thread’s momentum going.”

Sarle began publishing Thread in 2011 and led the magazine until this year, when he was hired as the director of communications for the Vermont Democratic Party, according to a Thread press release.

Anyone with a story idea or an interest in contributing to Thread is encouraged to contact Despart at

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