FAIRFIELD — Jerrod Ferrari, an award-winning Connecticut journalist with extensive experience in Fairfield County, has been named editor of the Fairfield Citizen.

“Jerrod brings a strong connection to the community and excellent journalistic credentials,” said Barbara T. Roessner, executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. “There’s so much going on in Fairfield. We’re thrilled to have Jerrod leading our coverage.”

Ferrari was co-managing editor of The Hour, the daily newspaper in Norwalk, and its sibling publication, the weekly Wilton Villager, before Hearst Connecticut recently acquired those publications. Under his direction, The Hour won numerous journalism awards, including best design and best news Twitter account from the New England Newspaper & Press Association, and top honors from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalist for education and investigative reporting. Early in his career, he covered Westport as a reporter for The Hour, along with the communities of Weston and Wilton.

Ferrari was a “40 under 40” award-winner from the Fairfield County Business Journal. He has been a frequent media debate panelist, interviewing Connecticut candidates for governor and U.S. Senate, and is a regular guest on local political talk shows.

Prior to joining The Hour, Ferrari worked various roles at the CBS television affiliate in Portland, Maine. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where he earned a degree in media studies and was a features editor at the college’s weekly newspaper.