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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ( ) 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
Sally Buzbee, a veteran journalist with deep experience leading both international and U.S. news coverage, has been named executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press. Buzbee's appointment is effective Jan. 1. She will oversee a global news operation that includes journalists working in more than 260 locations in 106 countries to deliver text, video and photo coverage. "The AP's mission of strong, impartial, fact-based journalism has never been more important," Buzbee said. "My colleagues are the most talented and committed journalists in the world, rededicating themselves to that mission each day. It is a privilege to be a part of this team as we dive into the future." Buzbee replaces Kathleen Carroll, AP's top editor since 2002, who announced her plans to leave the job earlier this year. Buzbee has led the AP's Washington bureau for the past six years, responsible for guiding coverage of national politics and foreign affairs.

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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 ( ) 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.

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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.

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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,  ( ) 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.




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.

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 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.


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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 ( ) 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.




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.

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 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.

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 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 ( 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.



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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ( ) 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.


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 ( 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.


Ex-Denver Post editor Greg Moore to teach at CU

A former Denver Post editor has been named a visiting professor at the University of Colorado and will teach a seminar on the Boulder campus this fall. The Denver Post reports ( ) that Greg Moore will teach a five-week seminar starting in October called "Deadlines and Disruptions: New Issues in the News." The one-credit course for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. He will also partner with faculty to teach sessions in two journalism courses.

Colleen McCain Nelson joins Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star has hired Colleen McCain Nelson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer, to lead its editorial page — just as soon as she finishes covering the U.S. presidential race for The Wall Street Journal. The Star also has hired Eric Nelson, her husband, to lead its digital news operations. He currently is head of digital content for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

Two top editors retiring as downsizing continues at Tribune-Review

Two top editors at the Pittsburgh-based Tribune-Review newspapers are retiring and another has resigned as the publishing company continues to downsize and restructure its operations. Trib Total Media said in a memo to employees that Frank Craig, its editor, and James Cuddy, its managing editor, will retire effective immediately. Duke Maas, deputy managing editor for sports, “resigned to pursue new career opportunities,” according to the memo from Jennifer Bertetto, the company’s president and chief executive. Luis Fabregas, who was formerly deputy managing editor, medical editor and investigative reporter, was named editor of the Tribune-Review’s Pittsburgh edition. He will also continue to oversee the company’s weekly newspapers. Sue McFarland, editor of the paper’s Westmoreland edition, will continue to lead that operation based in Greensburg, and will also manage the paper’s Valley News Dispatch edition based in Tarentum.


Pat Donahue named editor of Times-Enterprise in Thomasville, Georgia

Pat Donahue has been named editor of the Thomasville (Georgia) Times-Enterprise. Donahue came to Thomasville from the Effingham Herald, where he served as editor for the past decade. He previously worked as an assistant sports editor at the Chattanooga Times Free-Press and executive editor of the Coastal Courier. During his 28-year newspaper career he has won numerous journalism awards for news writing, business coverage, sports and design.

Robert L. Kaiser named executive editor of two New York papers

Robert L. Kaiser has been named executive editor of two New York papers, the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union Sun & Journal. Kaiser, 53, will oversee the editorial operations of both newspapers, effective Aug. 29. The Lexington, Kentucky, native is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared not only in the Chicago Tribune but also in Chicago Tribune Magazine, The Washington Post, Buffalo Spree and Best Newspaper Writing 2000.

Jenkins retires as Sioux City (Iowa) Journal news editor after 30 years

Jim Jenkins is retiring after 30 years with the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal. He joined the Journal staff as a copy editor on Aug. 12, 1986. Three years later, he was promoted to news editor. When told the Journal was going to do this story on him, "I can see you doing stories on guys out in the public, but I just come in here and sit," he humbly responded. He is 67.


Julie Beer named editor of Goshen (Indiana) News

Julie Beer has been named editor of The Goshen (Indiana) News. Beer, who had been the education reporter for the paper since 2014 and writes under the byline Julie Crothers Beer, was named this week to replace Michael Wanbaugh. Wanbaugh recently left the position to take a newsroom job at The South Bend Tribune. Beer is the first female editor of The News, which is one of the oldest businesses in northern Indiana. The paper, through its predecessors, dates to 1837.

Rhonda Prast named the Idaho Statesman’s new executive editor

Rhonda Prast has been named executive editor at the Idaho Statesman, where she replaces Vicki Gowler, who retired in March after a decade at the paper’s helm. This is Prast’s first executive editor position. She is Statesman Publisher Debra Leithauser’s pick to lead the organization further into this new era of journalism, which is driven more and more by digital and visual content. She previously worked at a variety of papers, including the Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Kansas City Star.


York (Pennsylvania) Daily editor takes on added regional role for Gannett

The editor of the York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record/Sunday News is taking on an additional editing role as a result of the newspaper's acquisition last year by Gannett. McLean, Virginia-based Gannett Co. has tapped Jim McClure as regional editor for the Atlantic Group of its USA Today network. In that position, he will coordinate regional coverage among six Gannett newsrooms, in Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Salisbury, Maryland. McClure joined the York Daily Record in 1989 as managing editor. He has been the newspaper's top editor since 2004.

Perryman to retire from The Messenger in Madisonville, Kentucky

After spending more than a decade wearing a number of hats in newsroom of The Messenger in Madisonville, Kentucky, Managing Editor Don Perryman is hanging them all on the rack. Perryman will retire later this month from a 13-year career of bringing local news to Hopkins County. He has been on medical leave since March. "Doctors recommended that I step away from it," he said. "Now I am going to try to get to feeling better."

Daily Hampshire Gazette hires investigative reporter Dan Crowley as managing editor

Dan Crowley, a long-time reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, has been named the Gazette's new managing editor. The paper is published in Northampton, Massachusetts. Crowley, 45, joined the Gazette's staff on Sept. 11, 2001, and has covered a range of beats for the paper. His enterprise and investigative work has been recognized by the New England Newspaper and Press Association, most recently for his examination of financial abuses and oversight failures in the state's funeral homes. Crowley fills a vacancy left by former managing editor Samantha Wood, who left the Gazette in June for a job at the Berkshire Eagle.


New Salt Lake Tribune owner replaces top editor

The new owner of The Salt Lake Tribune has made his first major editorial staffing move, replacing longtime Editor Terry Orme with Jennifer Napier-Pearce, a former staffer who had recently left for a university political institute. Paul Huntsman said in a statement that Napier-Pearce, who worked at the paper as a multimedia journalist, will help strengthen digital offerings that he called a "crucial lifeline" to the newspaper's future. She will return on Sept. 1 to take over from Orme, who started as a copy boy at the Tribune nearly 40 years ago and rose through the ranks to become editor and publisher in 2013. He dropped his publisher title when Huntsman took over the paper in May.

Des Moines Register executive editor named to new position at Gannett

The executive editor of The Des Moines Register has been promoted to a new position with Gannett. The Register announced ( ) that Amalie Nash, its executive editor and vice president for news and engagement, has been named Gannett's west region executive editor. The Register is owned by Gannett, a media company based in McLean, Virginia. In her new role, Nash will oversee about 50 news organizations in the Midwest and West. She will work with East Region Executive Editor Manny Garcia. Register news director Carol Hunter will work as interim editor until Nash's replacement is hired.

McClatchy promotes news executive Tim Grieve

McClatchy named Tim Grieve, who currently leads the company’s digital readership efforts, its vice president of news. Grieve will replace Anders Gyllenhaal effective Oct. 4. Gyllenhaal, 64, is stepping into a new role as senior editor and director of leadership and development. McClatchy owns The Sacramento Bee and 28 other daily newspapers. Grieve, 52, started his career as a reporter at The Bee. He later served as editor-in-chief of the National Journal and worked as congressional bureau chief and managing editor of Politico and as founding editor of Politico Pro. He joined McClatchy last year. With his promotion, he will move back to Sacramento after a decade in Washington.

Seguin (Texas) Gazette names new managing editor

Seguin (Texas) Gazette Editor and Publisher Jeff Fowler announced the appointment of Travis Webb as the newspaper’s new managing editor. The 34-year-old Webb comes to Seguin from the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung where he was the assistant managing editor under former Gazette managing editor Chris Lykins. Webb replaces Kuhn, who was named the assistant managing editor of The Facts, after a little more than a year at the Gazette.

Snow named Murray (Kentucky) Ledger & Times managing editor

Murray Ledger & Times Publisher Mike Davis has announced that David Snow is the newspaper’s new managing editor. Snow comes back to Murray after serving as the editor and reporter for The Eagle Post of Oak Grove, a subsidiary weekly newspaper of the Kentucky New Era of Hopkinsville. Snow covered news in south Christian County, including military news from the nearby Fort Campbell Army post.


New editor named at Spokesman-Review

Rob Curley has been named the new editor of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. The Spokesman-Review reports ( ) Curley will replace editor Gary Graham who is retiring in the fall. Curley, 45, most recently worked at the Orange County Register and previously worked at the Las Vegas Sun and The Washington Post. He's also developed websites at several newspapers.

Brad Phenow named Rice County regional editor for APG Media of Southern Minnesota

Northfield News Associate Editor Brad Phenow has been named Rice County Regional Editor for APG Media of Southern Minnesota, replacing Jerry Smith. Smith resigned to pursue a job opportunity on the East Coast. The Regional Editor position is based at the Faribault Daily News and directs newsroom operations for the company’s Rice County publications as well as the Kenyon Leader.

Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio hired as Missoulian city editor

Award-winning journalist and author Gwen Florio has returned to the Missoulian as its city editor, where she will help direct coverage of news throughout the region. Florio, who has been both a reporter and editor since joining the Missoulian in 2007, won the Lee Enterprises President’s Award for her coverage of the way police, prosecutors and the University of Montana handled rape allegations in Missoula in 2012. Before moving to Montana to cover the Capitol in 2005 for the Great Falls Tribune, Florio worked for the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore News-American and The Associated Press. She took a break from journalism in 2013 to write fiction full time and is the author of three successful novels with two others in the pipeline.


A Philadelphia Inquirer editor tapped to head WHYY news

A managing editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer is leaving to become the top news executive at public radio station WHYY in Philadelphia. The station said Sandra Clark will be replacing Chris Satullo, also a former Inquirer editor. He left the station in September. Clark has been the Inquirer's managing editor for features, operation and digital.

Pace leaves Kentucky New Era editor's job

Eli Pace, who joined the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville as editor in September 2011, has resigned from his position with the newspaper, Publisher Taylor Wood Hayes said. Hayes said the newspaper is exploring options to improve the newsroom’s operations and will not immediately fill the vacancy created by Pace’s departure. Hayes said Jennifer P. Brown, the New Era’s opinion editor, will handle day-to-day operations in the newsroom. Brown has been with the newspaper for approximately 30 years.

Sawyer leaving Illinois paper for Iowa State University position

Gary Sawyer, editor and general manager of the Herald & Review of Decatur, Illinois, has accepted a position as lecturer in the Iowa State University Journalism and Mass Communication Department, beginning with the fall semester. Sawyer, 60, has been editor of the Herald & Review for the past 15 years and has worked for the organization’s parent company, Lee Enterprises Inc., for 35 years.


Terri Likens named Herald-Citizen managing editor 
Longtime community newspaper journalist Terri Likens has been named managing editor of the Herald-Citizen in Cookeville, Tennessee.
The 58-year-old Likens comes to the paper after working the past few months as editor-at-large for Landmark Communications Inc. in Shelbyville, Kentucky. The Herald-Citizen ( ) reported that Likens previously worked 13 years as editor of the Roane County News in Kingston, Tennessee.
She began her newspaper career in 1981 as a reporter at The Daily News of Middlesboro, Kentucky. She also was a reporter at the Wilmington (North Carolina) StarNews and Evansville (Indiana) Courier during the 1980s and 1990s. Her career also included a stint as reporter and supervisor at the Chicago bureau of The Associated Press.

Steve Coffman named executive editor of The Wichita Eagle 
Steve Coffman will be the new executive editor of The Wichita Eagle, president and publisher Roy Heatherly announced.
Coffman, 52, comes from the Jackson Sun in Jackson, Tennessee, where he has been executive editor and director of content and audience development for the Gannett-owned newspaper since 2006.
He succeeds Sherry Chisenhall, who left in June to become managing editor of the Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer.
With the move, Coffman will be reunited with Heatherly, former president and publisher of the Jackson Sun, who now holds those roles at The Eagle.

New York Times names Marc Lacey as national editor
The New York Times has named Marc Lacey national editor.
Lacey, a former correspondent in Nairobi, Mexico City and Phoenix, was most recently associate managing editor for weekends at the newspaper and acquitted himself well in that role, according to a staff memo from Executive Editor Dean Baquet.
Lacey replaces Alison Mitchell, who was recently named senior editor for news at The New York Times.

Carrie Budoff Brown named Politico's editor 
Politico Managing Editor Carrie Budoff Brown, who oversees the company's European newsroom, has been named Politico's next editor.
Politico Publisher and Editor-in-Chief John Harris announced Brown's selection in a memo to the staff. Harris called Brown "a star reporter turned accomplished editor."
Brown's biography on Politico's website says she worked as a staff writer at the Hartford Courant and the Philadelphia Inquirer before joining Politico ahead of its 2007 launch. Between 2009 and 2014, she was Politico's White House correspondent.
Brown replaces Susan Glasser as editor.

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