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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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 30, 2016
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 (http://dpo.st/2bLR4cA ) 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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 23, 2016
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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 16, 2016
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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 9, 2016
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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS AUG. 2, 2016
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 (http://dmreg.co/2aDvJn0 ) 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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JULY 26, 2016
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 (http://goo.gl/WdBQTW ) 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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JULY 19, 2016
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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS: JULY 12, 2016
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JULY 5, 2016
Plain Dealer Editor George Rodrigue adds GM title, names Tim Warsinskey managing editor
George Rodrigue, the editor of The Plain Dealer since January 2015, will now have the additional title of General Manager. The new role means he will be responsible for local circulation, production, human resources, and financial operations for The Plain Dealer Publishing Co., which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The Plain Dealer's last general manager and chief financial officer was Virginia Wang, who left the company at the end of 2015. Rodrigue also announced that he has appointed Timothy Warsinskeyas The Plain Dealer's managing editor, a role that has been vacant since Thom Fladungleft the newspaper in July 2015. Warsinskey has been a reporter and editor at The Plain Dealer since 1990 and has won numerous writing, reporting and community service awards.
Don Shelton named Seattle Times editor
Don Shelton, sports editor of The Seattle Times, has been named the publication's new editor. The announcement was made by Publisher Frank Blethen, who said "Don is the perfect person to lead and inspire us through our essential next step in adapting to a rapidly changing, challenging and volatile environment." Shelton became sports editor in 2009. During his tenure the section won 11 "top 10" awards at the Associated Press Sports Editors contest. Earlier this year the newspaper's sports department earned its first "Grand Slam" _ winning four top 10 awards in the daily, Sunday and special sections in its circulation category as well as for its website. Shelton has worked at The Seattle Times for 29 years.
Dave Bohrer named editor of Meridian (Mississippi) Star
The Meridian (Mississippi) Star has named Dave Bohrer as the paper's new editor. The paper (http://bit.ly/297DgsW ) reports that Bohrer comes to Meridian from the Star-Gazette in Elmira, New York. During his 38-year career, he has also held positions at other newspapers in the New York area, including the Ithaca Journal.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JUNE 28, 2016
AP leadership changes: Phillips, Daniszewski get new posts
The Associated Press announced key changes to its news leadership, naming Ian Phillips as its vice president for international news and his predecessor, John Daniszewski, as editor at large for standards. Phillips, currently AP's Middle East news director, will be responsible for all of the organization's editors, reporters, photographers and video journalists outside the United States. Phillips has led efforts to coordinate coverage across all news formats in his previous regional posts and will take charge of expanding that approach to all of AP's international operations this year. Coordination across formats — including text, video and photos — is already employed by AP journalists in places including Russia and regional hubs in London, Cairo, Mexico City and Bangkok. Phillips will take over from Daniszewski, a veteran of overseas reporting who has led AP's international text news coverage for more than a decade. In his new role, Daniszewski will be in charge of addressing the many questions on ethics and standards involved in daily news coverage in the U.S. and around the world, as well as working on special reporting projects.
Idaho Statesman names Rhonda Prast new top editor
An editor from the Kansas City Star has been named the new top editor for the Idaho Statesman in Boise. The newspaper (http://bit.ly/28QU1am ) reports Rhonda Prast, assistant managing editor for digital at the Kansas City Star, will begin her new job as Statesman editor and vice president on Aug. 1. Idaho Statesman Publisher Debra Leithauser lauded Prast's digital experience, leadership skills and journalistic integrity. "Rhonda's mix of talents will help the newsroom continue to do great journalism that matters to our community," said Leithauser. "She knows where our industry is going, where our readers' interests? are and how best to connect with them. It's an exciting opportunity for the Statesman and for Boise."
Former Missoulian editor drops wrongful discharge lawsuit
A former editor of the Missoulian has dropped her lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully discharged by the Missoula, Montana, newspaper. Sherry Devlin had alleged the newspaper's publisher and parent company, Lee Enterprises, demoted her, cut her pay and hired a younger and less qualified man to replace her. The Missoulian reported (http://bit.ly/292WGj4 ) that publisher Mark Heintzelman and Devlin attorney Eric Henkel declined to comment on whether the sides had agreed to an out-of-court settlement. In May, a Montana Human Rights Bureau investigation concluded that Devlin was not discriminated against based on her age and gender. The 61-year-old Devlin worked at the Missoulian for 31 years. Matthew Bunk, who replaced her as editor last August, resigned in April. Bunk will be replaced by former Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best.
Spokesman-Review editor Gary Graham to retire
Spokesman-Review editor Gary Graham plans to retire in September after leading the Spokane, Washington, newsroom for eight years. His replacement is expected to be hired this summer after a national search, newspaper publisher Stacey Cowles announced. Graham’s career spans 44 years at four newspapers. His first job was cub reporter at his hometown paper, the News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, three days after graduating from Ball State University. He arrived in Spokane 13 years ago and took over leadership of the newsroom in 2008, following a round of budget cuts that led to deep newsroom layoffs. “Under his steady hand we weathered the downsizings during the recession and nonetheless preserved a team of journalists with great story-telling skills, digital savvy and deep knowledge of the market,” Cowles wrote in an announcement to the paper’s staff. Graham is 66 years old.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JUNE 21, 2016
Tom Bray named senior editor of the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, California
Veteran editor Tom Bray has been named senior editor of the Long Beach (California) Press-Telegram. Bray, who most recently served as managing editor of The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, will also serve as managing editor of news for the Southern California News Group, which includes the Press-Telegram. “Tom is a great newsman with a relentless commitment to community journalism,” said Frank Pine, executive editor of SCNG. “Readers of the Press-Telegram will be well served with Tom at the helm.” Bray succeeds Toni Sciacqua, who now serves as managing editor for digital for SCNG.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS -- JUNE 14, 2016
Dave Callaway leaving USA TODAY for TheStreet Inc.
USA TODAY has announced that Editor in Chief Dave Callaway will step down July 1 to become CEO of financial news company TheStreet Inc. Patty Michalski, managing editor for digital, will serve as interim editor in chief while the national newspaper, owned by Gannett Inc., conducts a nationwide search for a permanent successor, said Joanne Lipman, Gannett's chief content officer. Gannett is based in McLean, Virginia. Callaway was hired as USA TODAY's newsroom leader in July 2012 by Larry Kramer, who was then president and publisher of USA TODAY. Kramer left the company last year and joined TheStreet as chairman of the board and, later, interim CEO. Kramer, who founded online financial news site MarketWatch, hired Callaway to be its editor in 1999.
Cody (Wyoming) Enterprise names Amber Peabody as new editor
Amber Peabody will take over as editor of the Cody (Wyoming) Enterprise. The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1sxfHkU ) that Peabody will take over for Vin Cappiello, who is leaving to teach at Powell High School in the fall after running the newsroom for a year. Peabody has worked at the Enterprise since 2005, first as a reporter and later as special sections editor and news editor.
Carlsbad Current-Argus welcomes new managing editor
Senior reporter Jessica Onsurez is the new managing editor at the Carlsbad Current-Argus in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Onsurez succeeds Aaron Bracamontes, who is taking on the newly created role of audience analyst and content strategist for members of the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership. A native of Loving, the 31-year-old Onsurez joined the Current-Argus in 2013. She won reporter of the year honors two years in a row.
Indiana’s News and Tribune appoints new editor
The News and Tribune in Jeffersonville, Indiana, has named Susan Duncan, a longtime community newspaper executive, as editor. “Susan has a proven track record in knowing how to create print and online content that informs the public and serves the community,” said Bill Hanson, publisher of the paper. “We are pleased she has chosen to join our team.” Duncan has worked in several newsroom roles during her 28-year journalism career, including most recently assistant editor of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, also owned by the News and Tribune’s parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.
Jerrod Ferrari takes over Westport (Connecticut) News
Jerrod Ferrari, an award-winning Connecticut journalist with extensive experience in Fairfield County, has been named editor of the Westport News in Westport, Connecticut. “Jerrod brings a strong connection to the community and excellent journalistic credentials,” said Barbara T. Roessner, executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. 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.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS JUNE 7, 2016
Denver Post names first woman editor in 124-year history
Lee Ann Colacioppo has been named editor of The Denver Post, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the newspaper's nearly 124-year history. The Post reports (http://goo.gl/wMNgCv ) Colacioppo has worked in several roles during her 17-year tenure, including city editor, investigations editor and news editor. She also was a leader during the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Aurora theater shooting. Colacioppo graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and was previously an editor at The Des Moines Register. She succeeds Gregory L. Moore, who resigned in April after 14 years as editor. Colacioppo's promotion comes amid economic turmoil among newspapers in general and during the reinvention for The Post newsroom, which recently offered buyouts to employees.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS MAY 31, 2016
The Baltimore Sun names Davis managing editor
The Baltimore Sun has named its first African-American managing editor. Fifty-six-year-old Sam Davis is a Baltimore native who started at the Sun 36 years ago as a clerk in the sports department. He's been an assistant managing editor for the past three years. The Sun reports (http://bsun.md/1OKZj4L ) Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Trif Alatzas made the announcement. Davis will oversee the Sun's day-to-day coverage, as well as other publications in The Baltimore Sun Media Group. The newspaper says the promotion clarifies internal lines of authority since a March reorganization in which Alatzas became publisher and editor-in-chief.
Wichita Eagle editor leaving for Charlotte Observer post
Wichita Eagle editor Sherry Chisenhall is taking a job as managing editor of the Charlotte Observer. The Wichita newspaper (http://bit.ly/1TzWxBw) announced the move. Chisenhall has spent 16 years in Wichita. She worked for the Charlotte Observer for 14 years before taking the Wichita newspaper job. Rick Thames, who was editor at the Eagle from 1997 to 2004, hired Chisenhall to come to Wichita in 2000. Thames is now editor of the Charlotte Observer. Eagle publisher Roy Heatherly says he will immediately begin a national search for a new editor.
Seattle Times editor to head Missoulian newsroom
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kathy Best has accepted the job of editor of the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana, and the Ravalli Republic in Hamilton, Montana, Publisher Mark Heintzelman announced. Best is currently the editor and vice president for news at The Seattle Times. In that role, she has helped lead the newsroom to three Pulitzer prizes and multiple national print and digital journalism awards, including for video and multimedia presentations. She’s known for her commitment to watchdog and investigative journalism, innovative explanatory reporting and engaging storytelling. “The opportunity to lead the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic allows me to return to my first and deepest love — great community journalism,’’ Best said.
Renee Carey named editor of The Herald in Sharon, Pennsylvania
Renee Carey, an accomplished news executive, has been appointed editor of The Herald in Sharon, Pennsylvania. She is the first woman to hold the post in the newspaper’s 152-year history. Carey, a native of the Cleveland area, succeeds Jim Raykie, who retired last month. Publisher Sharon Sorg said Carey will oversee The Herald’s news, sports and photography departments for both print and online content. She will also become a key member of the paper’s editorial board. Carey spent the last 11 years as the editor of The Goldsboro News-Argus in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS MAY 24, 2016
New York Times announces new public editor, Elizabeth Spayd
Elizabeth Spayd, the editor in chief and publisher of The Columbia Journalism Review and a longtime editor at The Washington Post, will become the next public editor at The New York Times, the company announced. She succeeds Margaret Sullivan, who held the post from 2012 until her departure last month. Ms. Sullivan recently started a job as the media columnist for The Washington Post. Ms. Spayd joined The Post in 1988 and spent 25 years at the paper, holding a variety of reporting and editing positions. In 2008, she was named the paper’s managing editor. She took over The Columbia Journalism Review, a widely respected publication that covers the media, at the start of 2014.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS MAY 17, 2016
Amy Hunter named interim news editor in South Carolina
Amy Hunter has been named interim news editor for The North Augusta Star in North Augusta, South Carolina. She comes to North Augusta from the Aiken Standard, which is a sister newspaper of The Star. The appointment was announced by Ellen Priest, president and publisher of Aiken Communications, which publishes The Star.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS May 10, 2016
Morning Call's publisher, editor-in-chief, retiring
David Erdman, a journalist who over a 35-year career at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania, rose through the ranks of the newspaper to become its top editor and publisher, is retiring. Erdman, 56, who was given the added title of publisher two months ago in a reorganization by Tribune Publishing, said his decision to step down was a difficult one, mainly driven by the need to deal with a recently diagnosed esophageal condition.
Santostefano named publisher of Centre Daily Times
The McClatchy Company has promoted Janet Santostefano to the post of publisher at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania. She joined the Centre Daily Times in 2007 as an ad account executive and moved up the ranks, becoming vice president of advertising and marketing in 2014. She replaces Debra Leithauser, who became publisher at the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho. Santostefano is a graduate of Penn State.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS MAY 3, 2016
The Mountain Press in Sevierville, Tenn., appoints new editor
Rhonda Bletner is the new editor of The Mountain Press. The Sevierville newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1SBUWhq ) Bletner has worked for publications throughout Ohio during her nearly 20-year career in newspapers. Most recently, she was managing editor of the digital daily paper the Richland Source in Mansfield, Ohio. She began her duties at The Mountain Press this week, replacing Jason Davis, who left to become director of Keep Sevier Beautiful. Publisher Jana Thomasson told the paper Bletner is "a strong believer in community journalism and putting local news first. That will continue to be our philosophy as we move forward."
Longtime executive editor to leave The Newport Daily News
Executive editor Sheila L. Mullowney has announced she's leaving The Newport (Rhode Island) Daily News after 15 years at the helm. The newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/1SBeIbn) April 27 that Mullowney will leave at the end of the week. The 46-year-old Mullowney started working for the paper as a copy editor in 1999. She's been executive editor of the Edward A. Sherman Publishing Co. since 2006. Mullowney will be a communications specialist for ICI Services Corp., in Middletown, where she'll write and edit for Soundings, a monthly publication focused on the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Jonathan Zins, a copy editor at the paper since 1999, has been named managing editor. He'll become part of the fourth generation of the Sherman family to hold a leadership position at the newspaper.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 4-26-16
Neil Chase Named Bay Area News Group Executive Editor
The Bay Area News Group has named Neil Chase, a veteran journalist and marketer with deep experience in print and digital news, as its executive editor. President and Publisher Sharon Ryan announced the appointment April 21. Ryan said she is gratified to land the sort of newsroom leader BANG needs at this critical juncture: someone who can bridge the print past and digital future of the organization that includes the East Bay Times and EastBayTimes.com, The Mercury News and MercuryNews.com , and 30 weekly print publications. She said Chase will uphold BANG's high journalistic standards while exploring new businesses, content platforms and storytelling methods to serve a dynamic Bay Area audience.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 4-19-16
Peter Prengaman appointed AP news director for Brazil
Peter Prengaman, 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 Brazil. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Prengaman will lead video, text and photo operations for the AP in Latin America's most populous nation, a culturally diverse and vast territory that is home to one of the world's most important emerging economies and is just months away from hosting the Summer Olympic Games. The appointment was announced April 12 by Latin America News Director Paul Haven. The appointment of Prengaman, 40, who is currently AP's Buenos Aires-based Southern Cone news editor, is part of a drive to make the news cooperative fully cross format.
Editor of Missoulian, Ravalli Republic in Montana resigns
The editor of the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic newspapers in Montana has resigned after about seven months on the job. The Missoulian (http://bit.ly/1T0wghn ) reports publisher Mark Heintzelman announced Matt Bunk's resignation on March 11. Bunk became editor at the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic in August 2015 after serving as publisher and editor of The Western News in Libby, Mont. The resignation comes after previous editor Sherry Devlin filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit arguing that she had been demoted in April 2015, her pay cut and that she was replaced with a younger, less experienced man. Bunk also served as president of the Montana Newspaper Association. MNA Executive Director Jim Rickman said Tuesday he expects Bunk will submit his resignation and that first vice president Jacques Rutten will step into the president's role a couple months early. Rutten is publisher of the Lewistown News-Argus.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 4-12-16
Ex-Telegraph staffer returns to become managing editor
A former staff member has returned to become the top editor at The North Platte (Nebraska) Telegraph. The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/25J3ZCU ) that Joan von Kampen replaced Job Vigil as managing editor April 4. Vigil announced in January that he'd volunteered to become a reporter, making way for Von Kampen. Von Kampen held several editing posts while working for the Telegraph from 1995 to 1997. She rejoins the paper after spending several years at the Omaha World-Herald, most recently as World-Herald News Service manager. She's also worked at the Scottsbluff Star-Herald and The Des Moines Register. Von Kampen grew up in Scottsbluff and earned a bachelor's at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 3-22-16
Jonathan Fahey named AP global health editor
Jonathan Fahey, a veteran business reporter and editor, has been named global health editor for The Associated Press, overseeing a team of journalists to cover medicine, public health, the health care business and consumer health issues. The appointment was announced Monday by Marjorie Miller, AP's vice president of global news and enterprise. "We are fortunate to have such a talented editor as Jon to lead this team," Miller said. "He is enthusiastic, driven and a creative thinker. He enjoys experimenting with new forms of story-telling for all platforms." Fahey, 45, currently the AP's global markets editor, brings a deep passion for the sciences to the job, which is based in New York. He is also attuned to growing consumer demand for information on health and medical issues such as disease, aging and fitness.
Editor of The Denver Post is stepping down after 14 years
The editor of The Denver Post, who led Colorado's largest newspaper when it won four Pulitzer Prizes, will resign after 14 years on the job, the publication said Tuesday, March 15. Gregory L. Moore will step down on April 1, the Post reported. He said he decided to pursue other challenges and that it was time for someone else to lead the newspaper. During his tenure, The Post launched a website called The Cannabist, covering the business and culture of recreational marijuana after Coloradans voted in 2012 to legalize it. It also started a news video production unit called DPTV.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 3-15-16
AP appoints Mitch Stacy hybrid sports-news reporter in Ohio
Mitch Stacy, an award-winning AP journalist who has reported from Florida, Georgia and Ohio, has been named a hybrid sports and news reporter in Columbus, Ohio. The appointment was announced March 10 by Karen Testa, the news cooperative's leader for the east region of the United States, and Michael Giarrusso, global sports editor. Stacy has spent the last four years as a breaking news staffer in Columbus, where he has been key in chasing spot news and coordinating coverage across formats with colleagues in the field and editors across the AP. Stacy spent 10 years as a reporter in Florida, where he covered hurricanes, murder cases and presidential politics, among other things. He joined the AP in 1998 in London, spending more than a year there before working as a sports reporter and columnist for Gator Bait Magazine in Gainesville, Florida. He rejoined the AP as a courts reporter in Atlanta in 2001.
Terrance Harris named AP sports, news reporter in Orlando
Terrance Harris, a veteran sportswriter who has covered the NFL, NBA and college sports, including the Saints and Notre Dame, has been hired as a hybrid sports and news journalist for The Associated Press in Orlando, Florida. The appointment was announced Tuesday, March 8, by South Sports Editor Oscar Dixon and interim South Editor Ravi Nessman. Harris, 46, has covered sports for more than two decades for newspapers, websites and radio stations across the country. As a writer for NOLA.com, he led the sports department's coverage of the league's punishment of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. He also covered the Super Bowl and the first college football playoff national semifinal.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 3-8-16
Paul Haven named AP news director for Latin America and Caribbean
Paul Haven, a veteran foreign correspondent and news manager who has led Associated Press bureaus in South Asia, Europe and Latin America, has been named the cooperative's first all-format News Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Haven's appointment was announced March 3by John Daniszewski, AP's Vice President for International News. He succeeds Marjorie Miller, who last year became Director of Global News and Enterprise in New York. The 44-year-old Haven will oversee more than 100 journalists and editors in text, photos and video in a region stretching from the U.S.-Mexico border to Chile's Tierra del Fuego. He will also be responsible for the cooperative's Spanish-language service, with correspondents throughout Latin America, as well as in the United States and Spain.
CBS News hires Josh Elliott for online news service
CBS News has hired former "Good Morning America" personality Josh Elliott to be an anchor on the network's CBSN online news service, and an occasional contributor to CBS News television broadcasts. Elliott left ABC for NBC Sports a few years ago when contract talks to stay broke down, and the move sharply cut down on his visibility. CBS launched the digital news service in November 2014. The network hasn't released a count on how many people are watching, but said Tuesday it doubled its viewership in the last three months of 2015 compared to the three months prior. Elliott worked at ESPN as a "Sportscenter" anchor before joining "Good Morning America."
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 3-1-16
Michael Casey named AP's northern New England correspondent
Michael Casey, a veteran journalist who has broken global news on beats including terrorism, climate change, science and sports, is returning to The Associated Press as administrative correspondent for northern New England. The appointment was announced Friday, Feb. 26, by Karen Testa, the news cooperative's editor for the east region of the U.S. Casey, 50, worked for the AP from 2002-2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Bangkok, Thailand; and Jakarta, Indonesia. Establishing an environmental beat, he shared in two Associated Press Media Editors deadline reporting awards for coverage of the 2004 tsunami in Asia and a deadly 2008 cyclone in Myanmar. He also led coverage of international sports in the Middle East and reported on terrorism and political upheaval in Southeast Asia.
Tim O'Briant joining The Brunswick (Ga.) News as executive editor
Tim O'Briant has been named executive editor of The Brunswick (Ga.) News. The newspaper reported Monday that 46-year-old O'Briant will report to Buff Leavy, president and editor of Brunswick News Publishing Company. O'Briant said The Brunswick News will soon expand its reporting staff and add more local coverage. He said, "Local newspapers have a responsibility to unearth the truth and lead the conversation with insight and a strong voice on the editorial page. That's precisely what we'll do." O'Briant comes to coastal Georgia from South Carolina, where he spent more than 15 years in a variety of leadership roles with Evening Post Industries, publisher of the Post and Courier in Charleston. Most recently, he was editor and director of audience for the Aiken Standard, the company's newspaper in Aiken, South Carolina.
Ben Kleppinger named editor at Advocate-Messenger
The Advocate-Messenger reports that Ben Kleppinger has been named editor at the central Kentucky newspaper. Kleppinger began his journalism career as a beat reporter at The Advocate-Messenger in Danville in 2009 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University. In 2012, he was named editor at The Interior Journal in Stanford and in 2015 he took over as managing editor of the Jessamine Journal. Bluegrass Media Group Publisher Larry Hensley said Kleppinger has brought "a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the newsroom" during each move. Kleppinger has won numerous awards for open-records and investigative stories, photography and design. He says he is excited about his new position. Former editor John Nelson, who led the newsroom for nearly 20 years, announced his retirement earlier this month.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 2-23-16
Brooke Lefferts named AP’s U.S. entertainment video editor
Brooke Lefferts, a former senior producer for Fox News and an editor and writer for outlets including Today.com and FoxNews.com, has been named the U.S. entertainment video editor for The Associated Press. Lefferts will be based in New York City and oversee the video output for broadcasters and digital customers, from spot news to planned events like the Academy Awards. She will manage a team of producers and video journalists in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. Lefferts also will be a key part of the AP's international video coverage, coordinating with editors worldwide to provide global coverage that reflects Hollywood and international stars making news worldwide. In addition, Lefferts will work with text editors to provide all-formats content that drives audience engagement on traditional, mobile, and social platforms.
Tommy Felts named editor and publisher of Ottawa (Kan.) Herald.
A Kansas editor who helped The Ottawa Herald achieve acclaim as one of the top newspapers in the state has been chosen to lead the nearly 150-year-old media company. Tommy Felts, now managing editor, is set to become The Herald’s editor and publisher March 7. He will succeed departing publisher Jeanny Sharp, who has been named advertising director of The Hutchinson News, a sister company of The Herald. Felts, 33, has been in The Herald’s newsroom since 2005, serving as managing editor since 2009, as well as becoming a fixture on the newspaper’s opinion page.
Reading Eagle editor gets associate publisher title
Reading Eagle Editor Harry Deitz Jr. has taken on the additional title of associate publisher in a series of management changes announced this week by the Pennsylvania newspaper. Deitz joined the newspaper 37 years ago as a sportswriter, and served in a number of roles before becoming editor in 2008. The Reading Eagle Co. says that with his new position, Deitz will be more active in representing the company in the community. Anne Chubb, executive director of advertising and marketing, will be the new chief operating officer.
Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern retires after 8 years
Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern is retiring and will be replaced immediately by the newspaper's editorial page editor, Bruce Dold. The Chicago Tribune made the announcement Wednesday, Feb. 17. Tribune Media Group publisher and CEO Tony Hunter told employees in an internal memo that Kern led the newsroom "through years of change and evolution." Kern has been editor since 2008 and retires after 25 years with the company. Dold earned the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1994. He's been with the Chicago Tribune since 1978 and editorial page editor for the last 16 years. The shift comes amid other changes, including a new major shareholder in the newspaper's parent company. It received a $44 million cash infusion this month from an investor with a stake in the rival Sun-Times.
Smith promoted to editor of The Galveston County Daily News
The Galveston County Daily News has a new editor — Michael A. Smith. The Texas newspaper announced the appointment Monday, Feb. 15. The 55-year-old Smith was promoted after serving as managing editor of The Daily News. He joined the publication in 1997 as a city hall reporter. Smith spent two brief stints at other newspapers before returning to The Daily News. He replaces Heber Taylor, who retired as editor at the end of 2014. Smith is a native of Burnet. He served in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division and graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English. Smith lives in Galveston with his wife, Laura Elder, who's business editor of The Daily News and editor of Coast Monthly.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 2-16-16
John Nelson retires from Advocate-Messenger of Danville, Ky.
John A. Nelson, who has led the newsroom at The Advocate-Messenger in central Kentucky for nearly 20 years, has announced that he is retiring. Nelson told staff at the Danville newspaper last week that he was stepping down from his position as executive editor. Journalists including Kentucky Press Association President David Thompson said Nelson will be remembered as a good leader who was dedicated to open government. In 2004, he was instrumental in producing a statewide open records audit of three public agencies. Thompson said the audit helped educate not only journalists, but lawmakers who had recently enacted new legislation on openness. Nelson has received multiple journalism awards and was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of fame in 2013.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 2-9-16
Ian Mader named AP's news editor in Florida
Ian Mader, a veteran foreign correspondent with a reputation for breaking news and challenging reporters, has been named The Associated Press Florida news editor based in Miami. The appointment was announced Feb. 4 by interim South Editor Ravi Nessman who oversees 13 southeastern states plus the District of Columbia. "Ian is a great journalist whose long experience calmly steering some of the highest profile stories in the world will be a major asset to AP in Florida," Nessman said. Mader, 50, joined The Associated Press in 1992 and has worked in Alaska, Maryland, New York and Germany. Before becoming China news editor in Beijing in 2012, he spent a decade as a supervisory editor and top stories editor on AP's Asia regional desk in Bangkok.
Investigative reporter David Caruso named AP NYC news editor
David B. Caruso, a national investigative reporter with wide experience in government accountability and data journalism over nearly 15 years with The Associated Press, has been named New York City news editor. The appointment was announced Feb. 2 by James Martinez, the cooperative's state editor for New York, and Karen Testa, editor for the east region of the United States. In his new role, Caruso will lead a team of reporters and work with photographers and videographers to pursue breaking news, develop compelling enterprise across formats and to press for accountability using public records. Caruso has been a New York-based member of national investigative reporting team since 2014, probing delays in the Veterans Affairs health system and how big increases in the cost of flood insurance created an affordability crisis in many coastal cities.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 2-2-16
Andrew Selsky named AP's Salem, Oregon, correspondent
Andrew Selsky, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Associated Press who has reported in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, has been named AP's Salem correspondent. He will cover Oregon state government and politics and write about issues throughout the West. Selsky, 60, has directed AP's text coverage of 45 countries in Africa as the agency's first regional Africa editor, based in Johannesburg, since 2009. Selsky previously was the AP's chief of Caribbean news, leading coverage of more than 30 countries and territories, including the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His Guantanamo coverage was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2007 and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting in 2008.
Sykes named editor, Sforza managing editor at The Record
The Record newspaper of Woodland Park, N.J. has named a new editor and managing editor. Deirdre Sykes was named the newspaper's editor Jan. 29, which was the final day of Martin Gottlieb's four years in charge of editorial at the media company. Dan Sforza was named managing editor. Sykes started at The Record in 1987 and previously served as assignment director. Sforza started at the newspaper as a news clerk in 1994 and was previously associate assignment director. Douglas Clancy remains executive editor of the newspaper, which is based in Woodland Park and also publishes NorthJersey.com. Gottlieb spent the last four years at the newspaper as vice president and editor after serving as global editions editor for the New York Times.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 1-19-16
Ryan Phillips named AP legislative relief staffer in Georgia
Ryan Phillips, a journalist with experience covering business and politics, has been hired by The Associated Press to help cover the 2016 legislative session in Georgia. The 13-week assignment was announced Jan. 14 by interim South Editor Ravi Nessman and Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen. Phillips, who starts Feb. 22, will work alongside reporter Kathleen Foody. The 26-year-old most recently served as online editor for the Birmingham Business Journal in Alabama. In the last year, he covered the state budget crisis, the economics and politics of the same-sex marriage debate, and the bankruptcy of coal producer Walter Energy. He has in-depth experience covering the economy and business of politics. Phillips holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Mississippi and a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Alabama.
New editor named for Fremont (Neb.) Tribune
A new editor has been named for the Fremont (Neb.) Tribune. He's Tony Gray, who's has been working in sports and taking photos for the 4,200-circulation daily for several years. He became assistant sports editor in 2014. Publisher John DiMambro says Gray "has a solid vision of the marriage of print and digital formats in the ever-progressing multimedia industry." The Tribune says Gray has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He also attended college at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, and worked seven years for the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper before returning to Nebraska. He's originally from Coleridge. Gray replaces Tracy Buffington, now the communications content manager for Midland College in Fremont. The Tribune is owned by Lee Enterprises, which is based in Davenport, Iowa.
EDITORS IN THE NEWS 1-12-16
Vegas newspaper names interim editor after scrutinized sale
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has named an interim editor following weeks of uncertainty since its scrutinized sale to billionaire casino-mogul Sheldon Adelson. The largest newspaper in Nevada reported that its senior editorial writer Glenn Cook will serve as the top news editor until a new chief is hired. Cook said he's not seeking the permanent job. The announcement came from the publisher, Jason Taylor, who said the permanent job should be filled in the next two months. Cook is standing in for Mike Hengel, who took a buyout in December after the $140 million sale was announced but before the new owner was discovered by the paper's own reporters. The paper's second sale of the year drew scrutiny from journalists, politicians and media-watchers who demanded transparency.
Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal names Ted Daniels as new editor
The Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal says its new editor is a veteran journalist who grew up in that area of north-central Ohio. The newspaper (http://bit.ly/1TK2cWL ) reports Ted Daniels has been named editor of Mansfield News Journal Media. He succeeds Tom Brennan, who retired last fall. Daniels' new job is less than 15 miles from his previous employer, The Ashland Times-Gazette, where he was editor and general manager. He worked at Ashland for 13 years after spending more than two decades with The Indianapolis Star, where his roles included being a copy editor and associate editor. The News Journal is part of the Media Network of Central Ohio.
Daily News in Texas names Williams assistant managing editor
Scott E. Williams has been named assistant managing editor of The Galveston County Daily News, the Texas newspaper announced. Williams worked at The Daily News as a reporter primarily covering criminal justice and courts from 1998 to 2008, when he left the newspaper to pursue a law degree. He has since worked as an assistant district attorney in Brazoria County and as an attorney in private practice in the Galveston County area. Williams will report and write news articles and other content for Daily News publications and play a major role in managing newsroom operations, with special emphasis on criminal justice and courts.