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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Feb. 14, 2018

Herald-Dispatch editor-publisher Ed Dawson retiring

Ed Dawson, editor and publisher of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, West Virginia, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the month. The Herald-Dispatch reports the 68-year-old Dawson is retiring after about 17 years with the newspaper. Dawson says it "has been my great privilege to work with so many wonderful people at the newspaper and in our community, and I want to thank them all for those opportunities." Dawson will be replaced as editor by Les Smith, the Herald-Dispatch's managing editor. Dawson's other duties will be split among newspaper controller Georgetta Thevenin, advertising director Chuck Jessup and circulation-production director Dave Hamilton. Doug Reynolds, managing partner of Herald-Dispatch owner HD Media, called Dawson "the consummate journalist who has never wavered in his passion for empowering our community through the power of accurate news and editorial leadership."

Utah's Spectrum newspaper names Melissa Galbraith top editor

The Spectrum newspaper in southern Utah has a new executive editor, a Utah native who spent more than a decade at the Arizona Republic. The Spectrum reported Feb. 9 that Melissa Galbraith held several roles at the Phoenix newspaper, including assistant news editor, features desk chief and digital producer. She replaces Steve Kiggins, who resigned in December to take a job in California. Galbraith is scheduled to start Feb. 19 overseeing publications that cover St. George and Cedar City in Utah as well as Mesquite, Nevada. She is a graduate of Alta High School in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy and also worked at the Salt Lake Tribune. Arizona Republic editor Nicole Carroll says she is an experienced editor who has a passion for local news. Both newspapers are owned by Gannett.

Kelly Brown, the Eagle's first female editor, resigns, joins Texas A&M

The first woman to serve as the top newsroom executive at The Eagle of Bryan-College Station, Texas, has resigned to accept a vice presidency at Texas A&M University. The Eagle reports Kelly Brown resigned Feb. 9 as editor of the newspaper to accept the newly created position of associate vice president of marketing and communication at A&M. Managing Editor Darren Benson is being promoted to succeed her and will be replaced by special projects editor Rob Clark. Brown, who is 50, had been managing editor for nine years when she was promoted to editor in 2010. Benson, who is 43, succeeded her as managing editor.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Feb. 7, 2018

AP names Lisa Mascaro as chief congressional correspondent 

The Associated Press has named Lisa Mascaro as chief congressional correspondent, a senior reporting role leading AP's coverage of Capitol Hill. The appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP's Washington bureau chief.

"Lisa is a tireless reporter and a graceful writer who brings years of experience covering Congress to her new role," Pace said. "I'm excited for her to join our talented team covering Capitol Hill."

Mascaro joins the AP from the Los Angeles Times, where she has covered Congress since 2010. She's also traveled the country covering congressional races and presidential politics.

Mascaro previously served as Washington correspondent for the Las Vegas Sun and also worked at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is originally from the Los Angeles area and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in economics and political science.

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Jeffry Couch named editor, general manager of Belleville News-Democrat

Jeffry Couch has been appointed editor and general manager of the Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat. Couch has led the BND’s newsroom for nearly 14 years. Tony Berg, Midwest regional publisher for McClatchy, the BND’s owner, announced Couch’s expanded role during a recent staff meeting.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Feb. 1, 2018

Tronc names new editors at LA Times, New York Daily News

The embattled newspaper company Tronc moved to calm rising tensions at publications on both coasts, announcing that it had named new top editors at The Los Angeles Times and The New York Daily News, The New York Times reported.

Jim Kirk, the former editor and publisher of The Chicago Sun-Times, took over as the editor in chief of The Times, and Jim Rich, who previously served as the editor in chief of The Daily News, will return to that role.

Mr. Kirk replaces Lewis D’Vorkin, a former chief product officer at Forbes who was not a popular figure in the newsroom during a tenure that lasted less than three months. Mr. D’Vorkin will stay on at Tronc as its chief content officer.

Mr. Rich, who served as the editor in chief of The Daily News for a 13-month period that ended in 2016, will return to his former post. Most recently, he was the executive editor of HuffPost, a job he left in December, when he said he planned to start a nonprofit news site.

The Daily News, which Tronc acquired in September from the real estate and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman, recently suspended its managing editor, Rob Moore, and its Sunday editor, Alexander Jones, because of sexual harassment allegations made against them by current and former employees.

Marc Chase promoted to editor at The Times in Munster, Indiana

The Times Media Co. in Munster, Indiana, has a new editor.

Publisher Chris White has promoted Marc Chase to local news editor. Erin Orr will serve as deputy local news editor.

Chase previously served as editorial page editor and Orr as managing editor.

The moves came during a restructuring of The Times newsroom.

Chase is a 24-year veteran of the newspaper and online media industries, including nearly 15 years at The Times of Northwest Indiana and five years at the Quad-City Times, based in Davenport, Iowa.

CNHI publishing company forms regional editor system

Alabama-based publishing company CNHI announced that it is restructuring its leadership.

CNHI said in a statement that it is moving to a regional editor system for its more than 100 community newspapers.

Sunbury (Pennsylvania) Daily Item editor Dennis Lyons will become the national editor and work with nine regional editors.

Valdosta (Georgia) Daily Times editor James Zachary will become the deputy national editor and regional editor for papers in north Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

Bill Ketter, CNHI's senior vice president for news, said regional editors will allow more collaboration on projects across newspapers.

Other regional editor appointments are:

Scott Underwood, editor of the Anderson, Indiana, Herald Bulletin: Indiana and Illinois.

Carol Stark, editor of the Joplin, Missouri, Globe: Missouri and Eastern Oklahoma.

Rob Collins, editor of the Enid, Oklahoma, News & Eagle: Western Oklahoma.

Chip Minemyer, editor of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.

David Joyner, editor of the North Andover, Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune: Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.

Damon Cain, editor of the Beckley, West Virginia, Register-Herald: West Virginia.

Nathan Payne, editor of the Traverse City, Michigan, Record-Eagle: Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa.

Susan Duncan, editor of the Jeffersonville, Indiana, News and Tribune: Kentucky and Tennessee.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Jan. 24, 2018

Jim Boren retires after nearly half a century at The Fresno Bee

Jim Boren, executive editor and senior vice president of The Fresno Bee, is retiring after a 48-year career at The Bee that’s included serving as editorial page editor and national political reporter. The length of his tenure at one newspaper is a rarity in the media industry.

“Jim has been a remarkable journalist for nearly half a century,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said.

As an award-winning reporter, Boren covered national political conventions and traveled with presidential candidates during campaigns that resulted in the election of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Longtime editor Linda Kinsey retires from Cleveland Sun News

A new chapter unfolds this month for Cleveland’s Sun News, with Ann Norman taking the reins from Linda Kinsey as the newspaper chain's new editor.

Chris Quinn, president and CEO of Advance Ohio -- the parent company of Sun News and -- announced Norman's new position.

Kinsey retired after a 34-year career with Sun and

Norman, who is a graduate of Ohio State University, previously worked at The Plain Dealer, the Lake County News-Herald and the Delaware Gazette.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Jan. 18, 2018

Poynter: McClatchy adds regional editors to speed up innovation

McClatchy has announced a change in the company's leadership structure with the goal of speeding up newsroom innovation, Poynter reports.

Starting in the Carolinas and California, McClatchy is adding two regional editor positions that can help the newsrooms in those areas transform together instead of one by one. (Disclosure: McClatchy is one of Poynter’s funders.)

Robyn Tomlin, Dallas Morning News' managing editor, will be the regional editor for the Carolinas. Lauren Gustus, executive editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, will be the regional editor for McClatchy's newsrooms in California and Boise, Idaho.

John Drescher, executive editor of the News and Observer, will be Opinion and Solutions Editor in Raleigh. Sacramento Bee executive editor Joyce Terhaar is leaving the company.

Modesto Bee editor Kieta leaving for same position at Fresno Bee

Joe Kieta, The Modesto Bee’s editor and senior vice president, was named to the same position at The Fresno Bee.

Since arriving in 2012, Kieta has worked to quicken the pace of the newsroom’s digital transformation, establishing itself as one of the the leaders in McClatchy for audience growth.

Sullens named Courier Express editor

David J. Sullens, formerly editor and publisher of a group of weekly newspapers operated by Tioga Publishing Co. in Tioga, Potter and McKean counties, has been named editor of The Courier Express in Dubois, Pennsylvania, Publisher Pat Patterson announced.

Sullens also will serve as executive editor for Community Media Group’s East Coast Group, which includes papers in Pennsylvania and New York.

The Tioga papers and The Courier Express all are owned by Community MediaGroup.


Monitor names Michael Rodriguez as new deputy editor

The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, has promoted a Rio Grande Valley journalist and seasoned newsroom leader to oversee its editorial coverage, together with the newspaper’s publisher. Michael Rodriguez will have the title of deputy editor. Rodriguez, 36, is a native of San Benito who previously served in a dual capacity as metro editor for The Monitor and editor of its sister paper, the Mid-Valley Town Crier.

Connecticut editor Chris Powell is retiring

Chris Powell – the managing editor of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, since 1974 – will retire from the newspaper in January. Powell, 67, joined the paper upon graduating from high school in 1967, working in the press and circulation departments as well as the news department before settling in the news department as a reporter and then an editor while attending the University of Connecticut. From 1974 to 1992 he was also the newspaper’s editorial page editor.

John Roach takes over as top editor at Centre Daily Times

The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, has a new top editor. Veteran journalist John Roach took over as executive editor after spending five years at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, most recently in the job of sports manager. Before working in New Orleans, he was a senior producer in digital media for He replaces John Boogert, who left to work at The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kim Cox named city editor of The Paris (Texas) News

Kim Cox has been named the city editor for The Paris (Texas) News, according to Publisher Relan Walker. Cox comes to The News from The Marshall News Messenger, where she worked a variety of jobs. Cox has previously worked for The Longview News-Journal, as a copy editor; for The Pittsburg Gazette as a reporter; for The Gladewater Mirror, as an ad builder; and for The Sanger Courier, as a reporter.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Dec. 20, 2017

AP names Janelle Cogan US South deputy director for storytelling 

The Associated Press has named Janelle Cogan, a journalist with more than a decade of experience leading reporters, as deputy director of storytelling for the U.S. South, a new position overseeing AP's presentation of news and enterprise across all media formats in 13 states. The appointment was announced Dec. 18 by Ravi Nessman, AP's news director for the South region. Cogan is based in Atlanta, AP's regional hub for the southern United States. Cogan will be part of a new leadership team in the South that will help the region fully integrate its visual and text formats. She will help lead the region's reporters, photographers, video journalists and editors in their efforts to tell stories in the most compelling and innovative ways. The AP is merging its text, photo, video and interactive journalism operations at each of its U.S. regional publishing centers as part of a restructuring similar to one the cooperative has already completed overseas.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Dec. 14, 2017

AP names Brad Foss as its new global business editor 

Brad Foss, a former reporter and deputy business editor at The Associated Press, has been named the cooperative's global business editor. In his new role, Foss will guide AP's coverage of business, industry and finance around the world and in all media formats. His appointment was announced Tuesday by Sarah Nordgren, AP's deputy managing editor for business, sports, entertainment, and health and science. Foss has driven change in several leadership roles in AP's business news department during the past decade. He played key roles in expanding financial news coverage out of states and statehouses, created a real-time economic data product and launched AP's automated journalism initiative.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Dec. 7, 2017

Alan Diaz, AP photographer behind Elian image, to retire 

Associated Press photojournalist Alan Diaz, whose coverage of a 6-year-old Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez earned him the Pulitzer Prize, is retiring after 17 years. Diaz's iconic image shows an armed U.S. immigration agent confronting the terrified boy in the Little Havana home where he lived with relatives for months after being found floating in the waters off Florida. Diaz agreed to an interview about his career on one condition: He'd only talk over cafecito in Little Havana. The Miami neighborhood is the heart of the Cuban-American community. It's where Diaz started his U.S. photography career. It's where he earned a Pulitzer Prize. It's home. "The Cuban story is a fantastic story," he said over Cuban coffee at the landmark Versailles restaurant in late October. "Just to see the people, how they're passionate. I love this story." Diaz will retire Dec. 1.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Nov. 2, 2017

AP names Josh Hoffner as news editor for national beats 

Josh Hoffner, a longtime news editor and breaking news manager at The Associated Press, has been named the cooperative's news editor for national beats. Hoffner will guide five teams of journalists who cover race and ethnicity, education, immigration, state government and the environment. He will also be responsible for exploring the possibility of creating new coverage teams. The announcement was made Wednesday, Oct. 25, by Noreen Gillespie, AP's deputy managing editor for U.S. News. "Josh is one of the best at helping focus reporters' ideas, and finding distinctive and sharp ways to break news on major news stories," Gillespie said. "As a former beat team leader, he understands how to use the AP's reach and expertise to break news."

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Oct. 26, 2017

AP names Scott Smith correspondent in Venezuela 

The Associated Press has named Scott Smith, a cross-format journalist from California, as its new correspondent in Caracas, Venezuela. The appointment was announced Monday, Oct. 23, by Paul Haven, the AP's news director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Smith joins a staff in Venezuela of award-winning journalists covering one of the world's most complex stories at a time of fast-moving change following an unprecedented economic downfall, months of deadly street protests and heightened international pressure against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Oct. 19, 2017

Fresno Bee editor joins Rep. Jim Costa’s office as district director

Longtime Fresno Bee editor Kathy Mahan is the new district director for Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. Mahan worked at The Bee for more than 17 years, starting as an assistant local news editor. She became local news editor in 2005, was named features editor in 2008 and earlier this year became audience editor, helping all of The Bee's journalists better focus their stories. Her last day at The Bee was Friday, Oct. 13. “I have cherished my time at The Bee and all the opportunities that have been given,” she said. “I’ve grown as a journalist, editor, leader and person because of the many talented people I’ve worked alongside.”

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Oct. 12, 2017

AP names Michael Hudson as its new investigative editor

The Associated Press has named Michael Hudson, a senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists whose work probed offshore financial secrecy and the origins of the 2008 economic crisis, as its new global investigations editor. Hudson and ICIJ shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting with McClatchy and the Miami Herald for their work on the Panama Papers project. He will guide AP's teams of investigative journalists around the world in his new role, starting in November. Hudson will be based at AP's headquarters in New York City and report to Managing Editor Brian Carovillano. Hudson, 55, has been an editor and reporter at ICIJ since 2012, where he also investigated the global trade in human tissue and led an investigation into practices at the World Bank.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Sept. 28, 2017

El Paso Times editor resigns in effort to save newsroom jobs 

The executive editor of the El Paso Times is leaving the newspaper after being directed by its parent company to cut newsroom staff. Robert Moore plans to step aside Oct. 6 in an effort to preserve reporting positions at the paper, the Times reported . His resignation coincides with the departure of Lilia Castillo Jones, the president of the Times and several sister properties in New Mexico, whose position was eliminated by the USA Today Network, a division of the Gannett publishing company. The Times has eliminated several positions in the past year, and layoffs have occurred this week at other Gannett papers nationally.

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Editors in the News • Sept. 6, 2017

Peter Bhatia appointed editor at Detroit Free Press

A veteran journalist has been hired as the new editor at the Detroit Free Press.

Peter Bhatia  has been editor at The Cincinnati Enquirer, a newspaper also owned by Gannett Co. The 64-year-old says it's a "tremendous honor" to lead the Free Press newsroom. Before working in Ohio, Bhatia was director of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University. He also was editor at The Oregonian, executive editor at The Fresno Bee, managing editor at The Sacramento Bee and managing editor at the Dallas Times Herald. The Free Press says Bhatia has helped lead newsrooms that have won nine Pulitzer Prizes.

Times-Tribune, Sentinel-Echo announce new editorial leadership

There is new leadership for the newsrooms of the Times-Tribune, of Corbin, Ky, and the Sentinel-Echo, of London, Ky. Regional Publisher Dave Eldridge announced Erin Cox was named editor of both publications effective Aug. 7. Denis House, the former Sentinel-Echo sports editor, has been promoted to managing editor at the Sentinel-Echo. House will now oversee the daily news operation of the Sentinel-Echo. Cox, who will now manage the news operations of both publications, was previously editor of The Times Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Van Wert, Ohio. She is a native of Van Wert, Ohio, and graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Aug. 24, 2017

Astorian names Van Nostrand as new managing editor

Jim Van Nostrand has joined The Daily Astorian in Astoria, Oregon, as managing editor.

He is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor. Most recently, he was the digital editor at the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington.

He replaces Laura Sellers, who is retiring from full-time work after 25 years with the Astorian and its parent company, EO Media Group. Sellers is the past president of the Associated Press Media Editors.

“Jim Van Nostrand brings a great depth of journalistic experience and leadership to our newsroom along with a strong commitment to excellence,” said Dave Pero, the Astorian’s editor and publisher.

Santa Fe New Mexican hires Phill Casaus as new editor

A longtime journalist and Albuquerque native has been hired as the new editor at The Santa Fe New Mexican.

The newspaper announced that Phill Casaus will replace Ray Rivera, who is leaving Sept. 8 for a job as deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise with The Seattle Times.

Casaus, a former editor at The Albuquerque Tribune and The Rocky Mountain News, currently works as the director of the Education Foundation for Albuquerque Public Schools, the state's largest school district. He's expected to begin his new job at the paper in mid-September.

Ted Daniels named new editor of Ohio newspapers

Ted Daniels has been named editor of The Daily Record in Wooster, Ohio, and and Times-Gazette in Ashland, Ohio.

“After nearly a quarter of a century working at The Indianapolis Star in a variety of senior editing roles, I returned home to Ashland County in 2002 to become the editor of the Times-Gazette, the newspaper I grew up reading,” he wrote.

He added: “When I left in June 2015, The Daily Record and Times-Gazette were owned by Dix Communications, and I had daily interactions with members of the Dix family. Now we are owned by a large publicly traded corporation, GateHouse Media, which publishes 125 daily newspapers, more than 600 community publications and over 555 local market websites in 36 states.”

Poynter names Tampa Bay editor Neil Brown as president

The Poynter Institute has announced that its new president will be Neil Brown, the editor and vice president of The Tampa Bay Times.

“I am honored to join Poynter, where imagination and integrity have been hallmarks in helping journalists get better at what they do and stay relevant in how they do it,” Brown said.

Brown, 59, started at The Tampa Bay Times — then St. Petersburg Times — as world editor in 1993. He was promoted to a series of leadership roles, including managing editor and executive editor. He became the paper’s editor in 2010.

Under Brown’s leadership, The Tampa Bay Times has won six Pulitzer Prizes in the last eight years. Last year, the newspaper won Pulitzer Prizes for local reporting and investigative reporting.

Poynter said there were more than 100 candidates for the job.

Kentucky newspapers announce new editors

New editors were named the newsrooms of the Times-Tribune in Corbin, Kentucky, and the Sentinel-Echo, London, Kentucky.

Regional Publisher Dave Eldridge announced that Erin Cox was named editor of both publications. Denis House, the former Sentinel-Echo sports editor, has been promoted to managing editor at the Sentinel-Echo.

Cox, who will now manage the news operations of both publications, was previously editor of The Times Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Van Wert, Ohio.

Centre Daily Times editor leaving for post at Colorado paper

The executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, is stepping down after three years to take a news leadership post at a Colorado newspaper.

The McClatchy paper said that John Boogert is returning to his home state to become news director of The Gazette in Colorado Springs.

Boogert was previously an editor at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, The Wichita Eagle in Kansas and The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Centre Daily publisher Janet Santostefano says a search for a replacement will begin immediately.

AP names James Asher to news editor position in Washington

The Associated Press has named award-winning journalist James Asher as a news editor in its Washington bureau, where he will oversee coverage of the investigations into interference in the 2016 election and other key elements of President Donald Trump's administration.

Asher's appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP's chief of bureau in Washington.

"Asher is an ambitious journalist who thrives on big stories and strives to produce distinctive coverage," Pace said. "He brings a deep knowledge of Washington and a long track record of getting the best out of his reporters."

Asher is the former Washington bureau chief for McClatchy. His work on the worldwide Panama Papers investigation with a team at McClatchy was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in journalism for explanatory reporting. McClatchy shared that award with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and The Miami Herald.

Asher previously worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Baltimore Sun.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Aug. 24, 2017

Tronc shakes up leadership at Los Angeles Times

In a dramatic shakeup at the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago-based parent company has installed new leadership and plans to invest more resources in the news organization to move it more quickly into the digital age.

Ross Levinsohn, 54, a veteran media executive who worked at Fox and served as interim chief of Yahoo, was named publisher and chief executive of the 135-year-old news organization. The move was announced by Justin C. Dearborn, chief executive of Tronc, the parent company of the Los Angeles Times and eight other daily newspapers.

Jim Kirk, 52, a veteran Chicago news executive, who was publisher and editor of the Chicago Sun-Times until last week, was named interim editor of the newspaper.

The two men replace Davan Maharaj, who has served as both editor and publisher since March 2016 and has been at the paper since 1989. Maharaj and a handful of other senior editors, including Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, Deputy Managing Editor for Digital Megan Garvey and Assistant Managing Editor of Investigations Matt Doig, also were terminated.

New Vicksburg editor has worked at other Mississippi papers

The Vicksburg (Mississippi) Post has a new editor, Rob Sigler.

For the past two years, he has been managing editor of another Mississippi newspaper, The Oxford Eagle.

Both papers are owned by Boone Newspapers Inc.

Jan Griffey, who previously served as editor, has been named the newspaper's general manager. Publisher Tim Reeves has left the paper to pursue other opportunities.

Tiffany Towner named Times West Virginian editor

Tiffany Towner, former editor at The Daily News in Batavia, New York, has been appointed editor of the Times West Virginian in Fairmont, West Virginia, publisher Julie Fox has announced.

Fox said Towner brings forward-looking multimedia community journalism experience to the newspaper and its website.

She was honored earlier this year by Editor & Publisher, an industry magazine, as one of 25 news executives in the country under the age of 35 to make her mark and to watch in the future.

New metro editor named for The Monitor in McAllen, Texas

Michael Rodriguez, an editor with extensive knowledge of the Rio Grande Valley, has been named metro editor of The Monitor.

Rodriguez, who has been editor of the Mid-Valley Town Crier for the past three years, will oversee a staff of 10 editors and reporters whose coverage primarily is focused on Hidalgo County and all of its municipalities. The Monitor and the Mid-Valley Town Crier are both AIM Media Texas publications.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Aug. 10, 2017

Ray Rivera joining Seattle Times as deputy managing editor

The Santa Fe New Mexican has announced that editor Ray Rivera is stepping down.

The newspaper reported ( that Rivera has accepted a job as deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise with The Seattle Times.

Rivera, who grew up in Raton, New Mexico, worked as a staff reporter at The NewYork Times before rejoining The New Mexican in 2013.

During his time at The New Mexican, the newspaper won numerous awards, including the E.H. Shaffer prize for General Excellence.

Tolley named executive editor of The State

Brian Tolley, executive editor of The Island Packet in Hilton Head Island and The Beaufort Gazette, has been named to the same position at The State in Columbia, South Carolina.

Tolley, 54, is a former assistant managing editor at The State.

"It's a wonderful chance for somewhat of a homecoming for me," said Tolley, who worked at The State for seven years before leaving in 2005.

Tolley succeeds Mark E. Lett, who retired last month.

New editor at The News in Shelbyville, Indiana

Jeff Brown has been named editor the Shelbyville (Indiana) News. He had worked as the paper’s sports editor.

Brown has worked for the paper since 1999.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • July 27, 2017

News-Argus in Goldsboro, North Carolina, names new editor

News-Argus editor Dennis Hill is retiring at the end of the month after more than 30 years at the newspaper.

His position will be taken over by current city editor John Joyce, 36, who has worked as both a reporter and editor for the newspaper.

Hill, 62, began at The News-Argus in March 1986.

Epperson named editor of The World in Oregon

Tim Epperson has been named the editor of The World in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Epperson was previously editor of the Sedalia Democrat and Associate Online Director for Civitas Media.

“I’m looking forward to this new opportunity,” Epperson said. “While there’s still more for me to learn about the The World and Coos County, in this new position, I will be able to utilize the knowledge I’ve formed as an editor in a variety of markets across the country.”

He will replace outgoing Executive Editor Larry Campbell.

AP names Gillespie, Nordgren as deputy managing editors

The Associated Press named a new editor to lead its coverage of the United States, appointing Noreen Gillespie as deputy managing editor for U.S. News.

The AP also appointed Sarah Nordgren to the position of deputy managing editor for sports, business, entertainment and lifestyles, and health and science.

And it named Lisa Gibbs to a new role, director of news partnerships.

The three appointments were announced by Sally Buzbee, AP's senior vice president and executive editor.

Earlier, the AP named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams.

South Carolina editor Lett to retire

Mark E. Lett is retiring as executive editor and vice president of The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, publisher Sara Johnson Borton announced.

Lett, executive editor since 1998 and a newspaperman for 50 years, met with staff members to thank them for outstanding performance and to share his optimism for the work ahead.

Borton said the newsroom under Lett's leadership was a standard-setter for enterprise reporting, editorial commentary, visual journalism and coverage of breaking news, politics, public policy and sports.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • July 27, 2017

Mark Russell named executive editor of The Commercial Appeal

Mark Russell has been named executive editor of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 54-year-old has been serving as interim executive editor and head of opinion/engagement for the USA Today Network-Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal reports Russell becomes the first African-American to lead the 176-year-old Memphis newspaper. He replaces former editor Louis Graham, who left last month to join ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Russell came to The Commercial Appeal in 2013 as managing editor after serving as managing editor and executive editor of The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel.

Paris (Texas) News names Amanda Gohn as city editor

Amanda Gohn is named the new city editor of The Paris (Texas) News.

“In the short time she’s been in the newsroom, Amanda has distinguished herself as a leader with a passion for quality news reporting and high expectations,” Publisher J.D. Davidson said. “I look forward to seeing more of her influence in the newsroom as she takes on a more significant leadership role.”

News-Telegram in Texas announces new managing editor

Jillian Smith, a veteran journalist and Hopkins County native, has joined the staff of the Sulphur Springs (Texas) News-Telegram as managing editor.

“I am tremendously honored to be able to work for my hometown newspaper,” Smith said.

Smith is a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and Auburn University and has worked at newspapers in Mississippi and the Albany Herald in Albany, Georgia.

Executive editor departs Detroit Free Press

Robert Huschka has resigned as executive editor of the Detroit Free Press after serving nearly two years in the position, the newspaper reported.

"After 18 tremendous years at the Detroit Free Press, it's time for me to leave the newsroom — and move on to my next adventure," Huschka wrote in a Facebook post.

Huschka, 45, joined the Free Press in 1999. He was named executive editor in August 2015 to replace Paul Anger, who had retired that May. Before that Huschka served in numerous leadership positions at the newspaper: managing director, assistant managing editor, news director and design director/news.

A national search will begin immediately for Huschka's replacement, the newspaper said.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS• June 15, 2017

AP names Julie Pace as its new Washington chief of bureau

The Associated Press has named White House Correspondent Julie Pace as its new chief of bureau in Washington. She will direct the news cooperative's coverage of the presidency, politics and the U.S. government during a time of intense global interest. In her new role, announced Monday, June 12, Pace will remain AP's leading voice on Washington and American politics, delivering the same aggressive news reporting and insightful analysis that has defined her tenure as the news organization's senior reporter at the White House and on the 2016 campaign. "We are in an era that demands the strongest, most deeply reported, accurate and credible journalism," said Sally Buzbee, AP senior vice president and executive editor. "Julie is uniquely qualified to lead that effort. Her leadership, commitment and integrity are of the highest caliber."

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Richmond Times-Dispatch names new managing editor

The newspaper in Virginia's capital city has a new managing editor. The Richmond Times-Dispatch announced Tuesday, June 6,  that Mike Szvetitz has been named to the position as the newsroom's No. 2 editor. He will handle day-to-day newsroom operations, oversee reporters and editors and report to Executive Editor Paige Mudd. Szvetitz has worked as the newspaper's sports editor for the last 2 ½ years.

The 38-year-old Pennsylvania native came to Richmond after serving for a decade as the sports editor of the Opelika-Auburn News. He started his career as a high school sports reporter for Highlands Today in Sebring, Florida. Szvetitz is taking over for Brice Anderson, who retired in April.


Farmington newspaper names next newsroom leader

The Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico, has named the editor of an award-winning publication in Wyoming as its next leader.

The northwestern New Mexico newspaper announced the appointment of John Moses as editor ( ). Moses most recently served as editor of the Jackson Hole News & Guide and local news coordinator for its sister paper, the Jackson Hole Daily.

He has managed newsrooms from the San Francisco Bay area to rural Alaska, where he and his wife founded the Alaska Pioneer Press, a monthly newspaper and website that once served a sparsely populated region about the size of West Virginia.

Wright named editor of Daily Mail in Nevada, Missouri

The Nevada (Missouri) Daily Mail announces that editorial assistant Nick Wright will be moving to the editor’s position. 

Wright began his career in journalism in 1999 working as a photographer for multiple papers and wire agencies in the Dallas, Texas, area. Eventually working his way to photo editor at a daily paper there.

He moved to Nevada and served as editorial assistant for the Daily Mail from 2003-2005 before moving to Independence, Kansas, to work as photography editor.

Ralph Pokorny, who served as Nevada Daily Mail editor from 2013-2017 and is a 20 year veteran of the Nevada Daily Mail, has chosen to step down and work fewer hours.

New editor of El Sol de Yakima has lived in Yakima Valley since 2004

Gloria Ibañez has been named editor of El Sol de Yakima, the Yakima (Washington) Herald-Republic’s Spanish-language publication.

Ibañez moved to the Yakima Valley in 2004 to work as a full-time reporter for El Sol de Yakima, a position she left in 2005 to raise her son. More recently, she spent more than four years at Yakima Valley Libraries, where she worked as a library assistant, translator and supervisor of the Southeast Library branch. She continued writing for the paper as a freelance correspondent. She replaces Normand Garcia, who left to take a marketing job.


Paris (Texas) News names Lauren Corbell as managing editor

Lauren Corbell has been named managing editor of The Paris (Texas) News, Publisher J.D. Davidson announced.

Current managing editor Anna Rae Gwarjanski has stepped down from the role.

Corbell has been city editor for The Paris News since November 2016 and was a staff writer and designer before that.

New Mexico paper names Jason W. Brooks as editor

The Las Vegas (New Mexico) Optic has named the editor of an Iowa newspaper as its next newsroom leader.

The northern New Mexico newspaper announced that Jason W. Brooks has started as the publication's new editor.

Brooks most recently served as editor at the Boone News-Republican in Boone, Iowa, near Des Moines. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico,

Brooks replaces Martin Salazar, who stepped down in February to take a job as a reporter with the Albuquerque Journal.

Lufkin (Texas) News names Jeff Pownall interim managing editor

Jeff Pownall was tapped as interim managing editor of The Lufkin (Texas) News, succeeding former editor Andy Adams.

Pownall, who served as news editor for 30 years, will serve in the interim position for a 90-day period, said Publisher Jenniffer Ricks.

Anna Jo Bratton named AP's US West deputy director for newsgathering

The Associated Press has named Anna Jo Bratton as deputy director of newsgathering for the U.S. West, a new position overseeing breaking news and enterprise across all media formats in 13 states.

The appointment was announced by Anna Johnson, AP's news director of the West region. Bratton is based in Phoenix.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • May 17, 2017

Veteran editor Amanda Barrett appointed head of AP's Nerve Center

Associated Press editor Amanda Barrett, a newsroom manager with years of experience leading innovative journalism, has been promoted to the role of Nerve Center director. In this role, she will lead the New York hub of AP's global newsroom, which serves as a center for news coordination, client engagement and audience development.

The appointment was announced by Sally Buzbee, AP's executive editor. She will report to Managing Editor Brian Carovillano.

Barrett, 49, previously served as news manager of the Nerve Center for planning and administration, focused primarily on curating the AP's global enterprise report.

Jen Guadarrama named news director of Standard-Times

A new leader has been chosen for the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times newsroom.

Gannett has chosen Jen Guadarrama to hold the title of news director for the newspaper ( The 37-year-old journalist succeeds Michael Kelley, who retired as editor of the Standard-Times in May.

Guadarrama has been senior editor for breaking and daily news for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, another Gannett newspaper, since 2013.

Raymond Partsch settles in as managing editor in Louisiana

Raymond Partsch III has become managing editor of The Daily Iberian in New Iberia, Louisiana.

“My main goal is to improve an already extremely high quality product. I mean, this paper has a tremendous history of top-notch journalism,” Partsch said. He is a native of Mobile, Alabama.

The paper is owned by Wick Communications, a chain of family-owned community media company with newspapers, websites, magazines and specialty publications in 11 states.

Andy Adams stepping down as Lufkin (Texas) News’ editor

After about 25 years with The Lufkin News, Andy Adams is stepping down as editor to join the Lufkin Independent School District.

Adams joined The Lufkin News around 1987 as a sports stringer, taking calls, designing pages, and eventually covering and photographing Lufkin Panther games


Williamson to retire as Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News editor

Doug Williamson has announced that he will retire as editor of the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News in May.

The Abilene native had worked for the Reporter-News for 32 of his 41-year career in journalism, the past five as its top editor.

The Reporter-News reports ( Williamson came to the Reporter-News in 1985 after nine years with the Waco Tribune Herald. He was promoted to managing editor in the late 1980s and editor in May 2012.

No successor was immediately named for the Gannett-owned newspaper.


EDITORS IN THE NEWS • April 27, 2017

Kelly to retire as San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times editor May 12

Michael Kelly has announced that he will retire as editor of the San Angelo Standard-Times, effective May 12. The 67-year-old journalist has been the newspaper's top editor for four years. The Standard-Times reports ( Kelly had been assistant city editor for six years at the Albuquerque Tribune when he transferred to the Standard-Times, a sister paper in the Scripps chain, in 2006. Joining the Standard-Times as an assistant city editor, Kelly advanced to metro editor in 2008 and editor in October 2013.

No successor was immediately named.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 31, 2017


Escobar named editor of Inquirer, Daily News,


The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and have a new editor. Philadelphia Media Network on Monday, March 27, placed Gabriel Escobar in charge of the entire news report of the sister newspapers and their digital news site.
The 60-year-old Escobar also becomes a vice president. He had been managing editor for news. Escobar worked for years as a reporter in Philadelphia and elsewhere. At the Washington Post, he had stints as a Latin America correspondent, a crime reporter, and city editor. Inquirer editor William Marimow, who twice won Pulitzer Prizes as an Inquirer reporter, takes on a new role as editor-at-large. His job will include coaching the investigations team. Daily News editor Michael Days becomes editor for reader engagement. The company ( ) says both will have leadership roles as vice presidents.

R.J. Rico named AP Louisiana legislative relief staffer


R.J. Rico, an industrious reporter with excellent news judgment, has been hired by The Associated Press for the Baton Rouge legislative relief position. The 11-week assignment was announced Friday by South Regional News Director Ravi Nessman and Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen. The 27-year-old has worked for the past two years as a news associate at the Shared News Desk in Atlanta. As a freelance journalist, he has also published stories in a range of outlets including The Guardian, The New York Times and VICE. In 2014, Rico traveled to Ukraine to cover the uprising and produced a number of stories for VICE about the intersection between sports and war. Rico has a B.A. in history from Yale University.

Multi-format reporter Dake Kang to join AP Cleveland bureau


Multi-format journalist Dake Kang is joining the Cleveland staff of The Associated Press after reporting for the news cooperative in Bangkok, Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. Kang will report in Ohio and western Pennsylvania during an eight-month temporary assignment starting April 17. The appointment was announced March 23 by Karen Testa, AP's east region editor, and Delano Massey, the Ohio news editor. Kang has experience as a reporter, photographer and videographer. He reported on the run-up to the Democratic National Convention and accompanying protests last summer in Philadelphia. His coverage as an Overseas Press Club fellow in Thailand included human rights issues, illegal fishing vessels and a sprawling temple at the center of a power struggle. The 23-year-old also worked as an intern for Fox News, CNN and The Times of India. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.


EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 23, 2017

USA Today names Joanne Lipman as new top editor

Gannett has named Joanne Lipman as the editor-in-chief of USA Today, one of the country's biggest newspapers. Lipman has been with McLean, Virginia-based Gannett Co. since December 2015 and will keep her chief content officer position.

A former Wall Street Journal reporter and editor, she founded a Conde Nast business magazine, Portfolio, to much fanfare in 2007, shortly before the financial crisis. The magazine folded two years later. Patty Michalski, who had been USA Today's acting editor-in-chief, will now focus on digital efforts for USA Today and Gannett's other papers. She reports to Lipman. Gannett also owns newspapers such as the Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett spokeswoman Amber Allman said that Lipman was the first woman to be USA Today's permanent editor-in-chief. But Karen Jurgensen was named the newspaper's top editor in 1999. She resigned in 2004 after a fabrication scandal involving a star reporter at the time.

Mason City newsman takes over as editor in Charles City

A veteran newsman from Mason City has been named editor in Charles City, Iowa.

The Charles City Press reports ( that Bob Steenson is the new leader of the newsroom. Steenson said Monday that he's replacing Chris Baldus, who left the Press to seek other opportunities. Steenson attended high school in Forest City and earned bachelor's degrees from Iowa State University. Steenson has spent time at newspapers in Dyersville and Webster City in Iowa and at the Fairmont Sentinel in Fairmont, Minnesota. He joined the Globe Gazette in 1995 as news editor. Charles City and Mason City are 27 miles apart in northern Iowa.

Rick Thames retiring as editor of The Charlotte Observer

The publisher of The Charlotte Observer has announced that editor Rick Thames is retiring. Thames, editor since 2004, told newsroom staffers of his decision March 15 ( Publisher Ann Caulkins said managing editor Sherry Chisenhall will succeed Thames as editor. Under Thames, three of the Observer's projects were recognized as Pulitzer Prize finalists, including a 2007 investigation into foreclosures and the subprime mortgage business. Thames also led the Observer's coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the Carolina Panthers' 2015-16 Super Bowl run, Charlotte's extraordinary growth, and the protests that rocked the city last September.

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New managing editor has history at The Daily Nonpareil in Iowa

The new managing editor is a familiar face in the offices of The Daily Nonpareil newspaper in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Courtney Brummer-Clark has returned to the Nonpareil as its top editor, replacing John Schreier. The Nonpareil reports ( that he's accepted a post with another BH Media newspaper. Brummer-Clark joined the Nonpareil in 2000 after graduating from the University of Iowa. She held positions in advertising and news over the following years, until she joined the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska as Good News editor in 2015. The World-Herald also is a property of BH Media, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.


EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 15, 2017


AP names 5 to roles in Asia-Pacific cross-format leadership

The Associated Press has named five of its journalists to its cross-format leadership team in the Asia-Pacific region, where the news organization is merging its text, photo and video operations to maximize coordination and speed. At the AP's Asia-Pacific hub in Bangkok, Leon Drouin-Keith, the region's enterprise editor, becomes deputy director for newsgathering; Celine Rosario, who had been video editor, is now director of planning; and Charles Dharapak moves from regional photo editor to deputy director for production and presentation. Japan Chief of Bureau Ken Moritsugu is now news director for Japan and the Koreas. And Bernat Armangue, the New Delhi photo editor, has been named South Asia news director, a position he had held in an interim capacity.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 1, 2017

The Associated Press has named Ravi Nessman regional news director for the U.S. South, a new position overseeing AP's journalism and news operations across formats in 13 states. The appointment was announced Monday, Feb. 27, by Brian Carovillano, AP's vice president for U.S. News. Nessman is based in Atlanta, AP's regional hub for the South. AP is merging text, photo, video and interactive journalism at each of its four U.S. hubs in a reorganization similar to one completed overseas. Nessman will oversee 13 states in the South, which will become fully cross-format, with multimedia journalists and integrated editing desks that emphasize video and social media, along with a streamlined management structure.

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Las Vegas Optic editor resigns for Albuquerque Journal job

The Las Vegas Optic editor has resigned for a position at the Albuquerque Journal.

The northern New Mexico newspaper announced ( ) that Martin Salazar stepped down to take a job as a reporter covering Albuquerque City Hall and Bernalillo County. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic's parent company based in Shelbyville, Kentucky, says Optic sports editor Dave Kavanaugh will serve as interim editor. Salazar resigned his position as president of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government earlier this month, but he plans to serve out the remaining eight months of his term on the New Mexico Press Association's Board of Directors. He had been at the helm of the Las Vegas Optic for the last four years.

Joyner named executive editor of North of Boston Media Group

David Joyner has been named executive editor of North of Boston Media Group, a company that includes eight newspapers, 15 magazines and multiple digital platforms, including The Daily News of Newburyport. Joyner will oversee all editorial operations for the group and will also become executive editor of The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover. Joyner, 41, worked as an editor at The Salem News, Gloucester Daily Times, and Eagle-Tribune before moving to Alabama to become a news executive for North of Boston Media Group’s parent company, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Most recently he worked as national editor for CNHI, overseeing the company’s Washington and statehouse reporters.

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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.

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