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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 23, 2017
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 15, 2017
AP names 5 to roles in Asia-Pacific cross-format leadership
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 1, 2017
The Associated Press has named Ravi Nessman regional news director for the U.S. South, a new position overseeing AP's journalism and news operations across formats in 13 states. The appointment was announced Monday, Feb. 27, by Brian Carovillano, AP's vice president for U.S. News. Nessman is based in Atlanta, AP's regional hub for the South. AP is merging text, photo, video and interactive journalism at each of its four U.S. hubs in a reorganization similar to one completed overseas. Nessman will oversee 13 states in the South, which will become fully cross-format, with multimedia journalists and integrated editing desks that emphasize video and social media, along with a streamlined management structure.
Las Vegas Optic editor resigns for Albuquerque Journal job
The Las Vegas Optic editor has resigned for a position at the Albuquerque Journal.
The northern New Mexico newspaper announced (https://goo.gl/OqMnjj ) that Martin Salazar stepped down to take a job as a reporter covering Albuquerque City Hall and Bernalillo County. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic's parent company based in Shelbyville, Kentucky, says Optic sports editor Dave Kavanaugh will serve as interim editor. Salazar resigned his position as president of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government earlier this month, but he plans to serve out the remaining eight months of his term on the New Mexico Press Association's Board of Directors. He had been at the helm of the Las Vegas Optic for the last four years.
Joyner named executive editor of North of Boston Media Group
David Joyner has been named executive editor of North of Boston Media Group, a company that includes eight newspapers, 15 magazines and multiple digital platforms, including The Daily News of Newburyport. Joyner will oversee all editorial operations for the group and will also become executive editor of The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover. Joyner, 41, worked as an editor at The Salem News, Gloucester Daily Times, and Eagle-Tribune before moving to Alabama to become a news executive for North of Boston Media Group’s parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Most recently he worked as national editor for CNHI, overseeing the company’s Washington and statehouse reporters.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Feb. 22, 2017
Tom English named executive editor of The Southern Illinoisan
Craig H. Rogers, publisher of The Southern Illinoisan, announced Feb. 17 that Tom English was named executive editor, effective immediately. “After a national search, I’m thrilled to promote Tom English to executive editor,” Rogers said. "Tom is respected in our newsroom and knows our local communities well. His longtime dedication to The Southern Illinoisan and passion for local journalism uniquely qualify him to lead our newsroom." English was named interim editor July 5 and has served in that position since. He began his career at The Southern as a telemarketer in 1999. He also has been a copy editor, sports copy editor, night editor and city editor.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Feb. 8, 2017
Izaguirre named AP Alabama legislative relief staffer
Anthony Izaguirre, a breaking news journalist, is joining The Associated Press as the Alabama legislative relief staffer. His appointment was announced Wednesday, Feb. 1, by Interim South Editor Ravi Nessman and Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen. Izaguirre will work with AP statehouse reporter Kimberly Chandler to cover the 2017 legislative session. The 24-year-old has worked as a freelancer for the Daily News in New York. During his time there, he has chased spot news stories, including tracking down a drunken driving suspect accused of killing his best friend in a crash. He has also written enterprise and feature stories, such as a story about prisoners missing mental health appointments in lock-up. Izaguirre earned a master's degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
Sentinel newspaper names Brian Cox managing editor
Brian Cox has been promoted to the position of managing editor at The Sentinel in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Cox began working at the newspaper in 2008 as a sports reporter, and went on to serve as news editor, city editor and most recently as assistant managing editor. Publisher Ruth Eddy announced the appointment. Cox is a 2007 graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Mattawana.
Wisconsin native Keith O’Donnell named editor of Chippewa Herald
Chippewa Valley Newspapers has named a new editor for the Chippewa Herald, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. River Valley Media Group Publisher Mike Burns has announced Keith O’Donnell has taken over for longtime former editor Ross Evavold. O’Donnell will oversee the newsroom staffs of both the Chippewa Herald and the Dunn County News. “The River Valley Media Group and The Chippewa Herald are excited to welcome Keith as our new editor,” Burns said. “His tenure and expertise make him the perfect choice to lead our news gathering and reporting team in Chippewa Falls and Dunn County.” O’Donnell, a Wisconsin native, has more than 20 years’ experience working for local community newspapers, most of it in Wisconsin. He grew up in Green Bay and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “As a resident of the community I live in, I value having a good, reliable local news source,” O’Donnell said. “And as a journalist, I want to work hard to make sure the community gets the best coverage of local news and events.”
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Jan. 17, 2017
Ezra Kaplan named AP Georgia legislative relief staffer
Ezra Kaplan, a multi-media journalist with experience covering breaking news and overseas assignments, has been hired by The Associated Press to help cover the 2017 legislative session in Georgia. The 13-week assignment was announced Wednesday, Jan. 11, by Interim South Editor Ravi Nessman and Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen. The 28-year-old most recently freelanced for AP in New York and participated in the company's internship program. During that time, he worked on breaking news stories such as the bombings in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, and wrote about homeless kids who became track stars. He freelanced in Colombia and wrote about Zika and smuggling on the Venezuelan border. He's also worked as a high school teacher. He has a master's from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.
Warhover resigns as Columbia Missourian editor
Columbia Missourian Executive Editor Tom Warhover stepped down Monday, Jan. 9, and will return to teaching and conducting research in the spring semester, the University of Missouri School of Journalism said in an email. Warhover, an associate professor, will return to teaching and research for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute based at the school, according to the email announcement. He joined MU’s faculty in 2001 after working at The Virginian Pilot, a daily newspaper that serves southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. The announcement gave no reason for the change. The Missourian reported Warhover offered his resignation to Dean David Kurpius in mid-December. Kurpius named Mike Jenner, a journalism professor, interim executive editor until the school finds a permanent replacement.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Dec. 21, 2016
Adam Causey named AP’s Oklahoma City administrative correspondent
Adam Kealoha Causey, an Associated Press newsman in Phoenix, has been named administrative correspondent in Oklahoma City. The appointment was announced Dec. 19 by Texas-Arkansas-Oklahoma Editor Maud Beelman. Causey, 34, joined the AP in Phoenix in 2015 from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he was a reporter and an assistant city editor for breaking news and crime coverage. He's also worked as a projects reporter for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and as a reporter for The Times in Shreveport. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication. The new position reflects AP's commitment to original reporting and recognizes that Oklahoma is a major source of big, breaking news as well as investigative stories of national and global interest," Beelman said. In his new role, Causey will oversee AP reporters in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Editor of Christian Science Monitor to lead The Principia in St. Louis
The chief editor of the Christian Science Monitor is poised to become the chief executive of a nonprofit that oversees Christian Science education in St.Louis from pre-kindergarten through college. The board of trustees at The Principia announced the appointment Dec. 15 of Marshall Ingwerson, saying his career as a journalist and editor prepared him to fill the position at the nonprofit institution. He will oversee Principia College in Elsah as well as Principia school in west St. Louis County for pre-K through high school. He is expected to take the post in April or May. Ingwerson is an alum of Principia College in Elsah. He worked at the Monitor for 37 years. He was its managing editor for 15 years before becoming editor in 2014. During his stint as managing editor he led a crisis management team that saw the release of a reporter kidnapped in Iraq in 2006.
Sue McFarland named executive editor of Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review has named Sue McFarland executive editor of the revamped company's two western Pennsylvania daily newspapers, 14 weeklies and its online-only Pittsburgh edition. McFarland, who is 58, has been editor of the Greensburg edition of the Tribune-Review for the last 12 years. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review put out its last print edition the end of November and became an online-only publication Dec. 1. Trib president and CEO Jennifer Bertetto announced McFarland's promotion Wednesday, Dec. 14. Jim Borden will replace McFarland as managing editor of the Greensburg edition. The Greensburg-based Westmoreland edition of the Tribune-Review and the Tarentum-based Valley News Dispatch edition continued printing after the Pittsburgh edition went online only.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Dec. 14, 2016
Huffington Post names founder Arianna Huffington's successor
The Huffington Post has tapped New York Times editor Lydia Polgreen to succeed founder Arianna Huffington as its editor-in-chief. The online news outlet announced Tuesday, Dec. 6, that Polgreen has been named to the top job. Polgreen had been with the New York Times for 15 years, where she most recently served as the associate masthead editor and the editorial director of NYT Global. The 41-year-old Polgreen calls the Huffington Post job a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." She says the media's "basic difficulty" in anticipating Donald Trump's election last month illustrates "the ways in which journalism has failed to reach beyond its own inner limits." Arianna Huffington left the company in August.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Dec. 9, 2016
Ivan Moreno named Milwaukee correspondent for AP
Ivan Moreno, who oversees Statehouse coverage in Illinois for The Associated Press, has been named supervisory correspondent in Milwaukee. The appointment was announced Monday, Dec. 5, by Upper Midwest News Editor Doug Glass, who oversees news in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. In his new role, Moreno will report on news in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Moreno spent the past year reporting closely on Illinois' distressed state government, with stories ranging from the political — such as the state's $1.2 million windfall in fines after officials stopped mailing license plate renewal reminders — to the social, such as an exploration of the murky laws that govern control of a person's digital life after death. Moreno began his career at the Rocky Mountain News in 2006, working as a general assignment reporter, before joining AP in Denver in 2008.
Salt Lake Tribune names Matt Canham as new managing editor
The Salt Lake Tribune has promoted political and investigative reporter Matt Canham to managing editor. The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2fPhmzg ) that Tribune Editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce made the announcement Tuesday while also informing staff they'll be getting a pay raise. She also announced political reporter Robert Gehrke will become a columnist. Longtime columnist Paul Rolly will keep his column while also mentoring young journalists. New owner and publisher Paul Huntsman says he working on technical upgrades to improve the newspaper's website. Canham's promotion completes the Tribune's overhaul of its leadership team. Huntsman became publisher after he purchased the newspaper in May. In August, he tabbed Napier-Pearce as editor to replace longtime editor Terry Orme.
Canham has been a Tribune reporter for 14 years, half of which was spent as a correspondent in Washington, D.C.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Dec. 1, 2016
Sally Buzbee named Associated Press executive editor
Courier-Journal names Christopher new executive editor
The Courier-Journal's new executive editor is Joel Christopher, vice president of USA Today Network-Wisconsin. The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/2g4PcOZ ) reports Christopher will assume management of digital and print news operations there Dec. 2. In Christopher's native Wisconsin, he oversees 10 newsrooms across the state. He started his journalism career in 1995 as a sports and news reporter in Watertown, Wisconsin. He joined Gannett in 1997 at the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin and advanced to managing editor. He joined The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 2005 as metro editor and became digital editor in 2006. In 2013, he took over digital operations for the network's 10 newsrooms and was named vice president of news in 2014. Christopher replaces Neil Budde, who resigned Oct. 14.
Juliet Williams named news editor in San Francisco
Juliet Williams, who as Sacramento correspondent oversaw 2016 California election coverage for The Associated Press, has been named news editor in San Francisco.
The appointment was announced Thursday, Nov. 17, by Interim West Region Editor Anna Johnson, who oversees news for 13 states. In her new role Williams will supervise AP staff in San Francisco and Fresno, and be responsible for news coverage throughout Northern California. Williams was named Sacramento correspondent nearly two years ago after a decade of reporting for AP from the state Capitol. She has covered politics, the Legislature, the governor and education, and has reported extensively on California's $68 billion high-speed rail project.
Joshua Goodman named AP's news director for the Andes
Joshua Goodman, a cross-format journalist and news manager who has reported from more than a dozen countries for The Associated Press, has been named news director for the Andes. Based in Bogota, Goodman will lead video, text and photo operations for the AP in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador. The appointment was announced Tuesday, Nov. 15, by Latin America News Director Paul Haven.
The appointment was part of a drive to make the news cooperative fully cross format. Goodman, 40, brings almost two decades of experience in Latin America, having reported from 13 different countries in the region.
Des Moines Register names Hunter as new executive editor
The Des Moines Register has named a 12-year veteran of the newspaper as its new executive editor. The Register announced Tuesday, Nov. 15, (http://dmreg.co/2eCIwKf ) that Carol Hunter has been named its executive editor and a regional editor for seven other newspapers in Gannett's plains region. The Register is owned by Gannett, a media company based in McLean, Virginia. The other newspapers in Hunter's region are the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Springfield News-Leader in Missouri, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Sioux Falls Argus Leader in South Dakota, St. Cloud Times in Minnesota, Great Falls Tribune in Montana and Baxter Bulletin in Arkansas. The 59-year-old Hunter is a graduate of the University of Kansas school of journalism and served as executive editor of the Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for eight years before joining the Register. Annah Backstrom will succeed Hunter as news director, and Kelli Brown is being promoted from multimedia strategist to audience and multimedia director.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS • NOV. 16, 2016
Karl Ritter named AP's Southern Europe news director
Karl Ritter, The Associated Press' bureau chief for the Nordic and Baltic countries and a lead reporter on climate change, has been appointed Southern Europe News Director. In his new role, Ritter will lead a team of text, photo and video journalists covering Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Malta and Cyprus — a vast region on the front lines of the mass migration of people that is reshaping our world.
The appointment was announced Friday, Nov. 11, by Caro Kriel, AP's news director for Europe. Born in Switzerland, raised in Sweden and Spain and educated in the United States, Ritter worked as an associate producer at local TV station KTVK in Phoenix before joining the AP in 2000 as an intern in the Rome bureau. He became a staff reporter in Stockholm and transferred to London as an editor on the newly formed Europe Desk in 2004. He returned to Stockholm as news editor a year later and was quickly promoted to bureau chief.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS NOV. 1, 2016
Oregon’s Statesman Journal names new executive editor
Northwest native Cherrill Crosby has been named executive editor of the Statesman Journal, of Salem, Oregon. Crosby, who replaces Michael Davis, comes to Salem from The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, where she has been director of the News Watchdog Center. The Arizona Republic and the Statesman Journal are both part of the USA TODAY NETWORK owned by Gannett. Crosby grew up on a family owned and operated farm in southwest Idaho about 30 miles from the Oregon border. She has worked primarily in the West during her 30-year career, including as managing editor at The Idaho Statesman in Boise before joining The Arizona Republic.
New editor and news director at Monroe's The News-Star
USA Today Network Gulf Region executive editor James Flachsenhaar announced Wednesday, Oct. 26, that Jeff Gauger, editor of The Times in Shreveport, Louisiana, will also serve as executive editor of The News-Star. He succeeds Kathy Spurlock, The News-Star's executive editor and general manager, who retired Monday. Flachsenhaar also named Content Coach Mark Henderson the organization's news director. Gauger is former editor and publisher of the Greensboro News & Record. He has spent 18 years as a senior editor at various publications and has been the top editor of award-winning dailies in two markets. Henderson has worked at The News-Star since 1978. He has served as a copy editor, news editor, business editor, features editor, assistant city editor, city editor and watchdog and storytelling coach.
New editor named at a suburban edition of Tribune-Review
Veteran newsman Andrew Fraser has been named editor of the Valley News Dispatch edition of the Tribune-Review in suburban Pittsburgh. He had been business editor at the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh since 2013. Trib Total Media (http://bit.ly/2esaYNH ) says the 53-year-old Fraser replaces Jeff Domenick. He's now editor of the company's 11 Gateway weekly papers. Fraser worked for The Associated Press for many years, starting as a reporter in Hartford, Connecticut. He was also a business writer in New York, the news editor in Miami, and assistant chief of bureau in Philadelphia. He also worked as a deputy national editor and deputy money and investing editor with The Wall Street Journal Online. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is becoming an online-only publication Dec. 1, with the last print edition hitting newsstands Nov. 30.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS OCT. 25, 2016
Kim Johnson Flodin new Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma news editor
Kim Johnson Flodin, a veteran photo-news journalist and editor at The Associated Press, has been named news editor for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. "This promotion reflects AP's move toward a cross-platform management structure and plays to Kim's strengths of sound news judgment and organizational skills," said Maud Beelman, editor for the three-state region. In her new role, Flodin will work with AP reporters and photographers throughout the three states to break news on the biggest stories of the day as well as to produce deeply reported enterprise that sets the news agenda.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS OCT, 18, 2016
Aritz Parra new AP chief correspondent for Iberia
Aritz Parra, a multi-format journalist based in Beijing, China, has been named The Associated Press' chief correspondent for Iberia. In his new role, Parra will head a team of text journalists in Spain and Portugal, and be the cooperative's chief Spanish-language correspondent in Europe. He will report to AP's news director for Southern Europe, as well as all-format leaders in Mexico City, headquarters of AP's Spanish-language service. The appointment was announced Friday by Paul Haven and Caro Kriel, directors of news for Latin America and Europe, respectively. "Spain has always been of intense interest and outsized importance to our clients in Latin America, whether it be politics, culture the economy or sports," said Haven.
Paul Bryant named managing editor of Nacogdoches, Texas, Sentinel
City Editor Paul Bryant is the new managing editor of The Daily Sentinel, of Nacogdoches, Texas. In the past four years, he has won 29 awards from three press associations, including Star Reporter of the Year in 2016, Star Investigative Report of the Year in 2015 and 2013, and Journalist of the Year in 2014 and 2013. A New Orleans native and son of a retired newspaper publisher, Bryant joined The Sentinel as a beat reporter in May 2012 and was named city editor in September of that year. He succeeds Ryan, who has been named publisher. Bryant’s 22-year career has included newspapers in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Before joining The Sentinel, he was an editor for Bluebonnet Publishing, managing newsrooms in Chandler, Bullard and Lake Palestine.
Courier-Journal executive editor Neil Budde resigns
The Courier-Journal reports that its executive editor is stepping down after three years in the role. The newspaper reported on Friday (http://cjky.it/2dpl3Kk) that Neil Budde, who took the position in 2013 with a goal of expanding the newspaper's presence digitally and online, resigned from the position. Budde said he's proud of the paper's transformation into a digital leader and hopes its goes even further under its next leader. C-J President Wes Jackson says Gannett Company Inc., which owns the newspaper, has begun a search for a new editor to oversee Kentucky's largest newspaper.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS OCT. 11, 2016
Jonathan Mattise named reporter in AP's Nashville bureau
Jonathan Mattise, an award-winning reporter who helped lead The Associated Press' coverage of a massive chemical spill in West Virginia, is joining the AP's Nashville bureau. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Ravi Nessman, AP's interim editor for the South Region, and Scott Stroud, news editor for Appalachia. "Mattise is a resourceful reporter who has a deep knowledge of the region. His natural storytelling ability and his doggedness, which held state government accountable in West Virginia, will prove assets for our coverage in Tennessee," Nessman said.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS OCT. 5, 2016
Jill Jorden Spitz named Arizona Daily Star editor
Jill Jorden Spitz has been named editor at the Arizona Daily Star. Jorden Spitz joined the Star in 1998 as a reporter and also has served as business editor, assistant managing editor and was most recently a senior editor. Most of her time at the Star has been focused on watchdog and investigative reporting; projects she directed and edited have won 15 Lee Enterprises’ President’s Awards or other national honors. She is active in state and national journalism organizations including Associated Press Media Editors and is past president and a longtime board member of both the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Arizona Press Club.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS SEPT. 27, 2016
Burkett appointed new editor of Pharos-Tribune
Kevin Burkett, an accomplished journalist and native of Logansport, Indiana, has been appointed editor of The Pharos-Tribune, effective Oct. 3. A member of the Logansport City Council since January, Burkett has resigned from that elected position. He is also stepping down from his part-time teaching position at the Century Career Center. Burkett returned to Logansport two years ago after 17 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, a newspaper that’s won 15 Pulitzer Prizes since 1980. He started there as a news artist in 1997 and left in 2014 as deputy managing editor. Robyn McCloskey, publisher of The Pharos-Tribune, said the paper is fortunate Burkett returned to his hometown and now is renewing his journalism career.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS SEPT. 20, 2016
AP names Delano Massey Ohio news editor
Delano Massey, a multimedia reporter and newsroom leader, has been named Ohio news editor for The Associated Press. The appointment was announced Monday, Sept. 19, by Karen Testa, the news cooperative's editor for the east region of the United States. As news editor, Massey will work with AP journalists based in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati to develop the most competitive enterprise and spot stories, and to hold public officials accountable through strong records reporting. Massey, 37, joins AP from WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, where he worked with a converged newsroom as digital director. He led coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the NBA championship for the Cavaliers.
City editor Chaney promoted to editor of Independent Record
Jesse Chaney, the city editor of the Independent Record newspaper in Helena, Montana, has been promoted to editor. Chaney began working as city editor in May 2014 and was named interim editor when Greg Lemon left the paper eight months ago for a position with the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Tyler Miller, publisher of the Independent Record and The Montana Standard, says Chaney has provided leadership, dedication and excitement to the IR newsroom and is a great asset. The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/2cwpfas ) Chaney will report to David McCumber, the editor of the Standard who was recently named central Montana editor for Lee Enterprises. Chaney says he's excited to play a larger role in the direction of the IR's news coverage.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS SEPT. 13, 2016
Laura Elder named new Galveston County managing editor
Laura Elder, business editor of The Galveston County Daily News, has been named the daily's new managing editor. She succeeds Scott E. Williams, who died of a heart attack Aug. 17. The Daily News (http://bit.ly/2cG7V1z) reports Elder will continue to edit the newspaper's business pages, as well as Coast Monthly magazine and the League City and clear Lake Connection editions. Elder joined the newspaper as a business reporter in 2000. She lives in Galveston with her husband, Galveston County Daily News Editor Michael A. Smith.