The Merryall Center for the Arts in New Milford will present the final speaker in its lecture series Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Art Cummings, editor emeritus of The News-Times.

Cummings, a journalist for more than four decades, writes an opinion column every Sunday for the News-Times, is a member of The Spectrum and News-Times editorial board, and writes editorials for both papers.

His presentation -- part of a series on the media -- will focus on how local media are adapting in the digital age.

The series began with Marlene Sanders, a triple Emmy-award winning journalist, news executive, author and educator.

Cummings spent the first 25 years of his newspaper career at Housatonic Valley Publishing Co. in New Milford, as sports editor and then editor of the chain's flagship paper, The New Milford Times.

He later became executive editor and a minority partner in the company.

He left Housatonic in early 1998 to join The News-Times and help launch The Spectrum, a weekly newspaper reaching 20,000 homes in New Milford and six surrounding towns.

In February, The Spectrum celebrated its 15th anniversary as a community publication.

He was The Spectrum's editor for nine years, interim The News-Times publisher in 2007, was named The News-Times editor in April 2007, and a year ago became editor emeritus.

Cummings and the papers he has edited have earned numerous regional and state journalism awards.

He is a graduate of New Milford High School, where he is a member of the school's Hall of Fame.

He earned his bachelor's degree in history at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and received his master's degree at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

Tickets are $20 at the door and are also available online at

The program will be held at the arts center at 8 Chapel Hill Road.

For more information, call 860-354-7264 or email