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50 years in newspapers dedicated to journalism

When he retired in mid-December, Joe Bradley completed a career of nearly 50 years in the newspaper business, with the better part of the last two decades spent as publisher of The Maui News.

His time on Maui meant the members of the Pacific Media Workers Guild and Honolulu Typographical Union got to know Joe quite well, and first among the things we learned was this: His dedication to journalism — the craft and the business — is worthy of praise.

No one should ever doubt that Joe wanted good things for this newspaper and the people who produce it. More broadly, his work with and for the people of Maui County deserves special attention. He cared deeply. He believed strongly. He took on his role earnestly.

Joe had to make difficult choices, and it was inevitable that the Guild and HTU would disagree with him from time to time. That’s the nature of our roles. But, there was never, ever doubt that we shared the goal of a vibrant, vital and successful Maui News.

Joe put in a great deal of work, and we hope he has the retirement he has earned — one that is long, healthy and happy.

Brad Sherman, Pacific Media Workers

Guild administrative officer;

Jeff Ahue, Honolulu Typographical

Union Local 37 president

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