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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Dec. 13, 2018

David Zeeck leaving The News Tribune after 24 years as publisher and executive editor

David Zeeck is leaving The News Tribune next month after 24 years at the paper, the last 10 as publisher.

The McClatchy Co., which owns The News Tribune, made the announcement Tuesday. Zeeck also serves as publisher of The Olympian and The Bellingham Herald and oversees the daily print and digital business operations of the community weeklies in Gig Harbor and Puyallup.

“I’ve loved every day leading The News Tribune, The Olympian and The Bellingham Herald, and I’ve given all I’ve got to the cause of local journalism,” Zeeck said in a McClatchy news release. “I feel that the time is right to reflect and pick the next challenge. It’s time for someone else to take over and to finish the transition to a digital media future.”

Rebecca Poynter will replace Zeeck. She is the vice president of local sales for McClatchy’s West Region and serves as publisher of The Idaho Statesman and also oversees The Tri-City Herald. She will add Zeeck’s responsibilities to her portfolio Jan. 14.

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This paper’s new editor — its youngest and first female — is fiercely protective of a changing institution

Growing up, Maggie Cassidy, her brother and their dog, Cocoa, often ended up in the newsroom.

She remembers paste-up boards, X-Acto knives, shouting across the bullpen and tiny computer screens with black backgrounds and green letters.

Her dad, Gene Cassidy, worked then as a columnist at the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts. He later became an editor.

Now Cassidy is following his career path, but in her very own way.

In late November, the Valley News in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, named Cassidy the paper’s newest editor. She’s the first woman to fill the role and the youngest, but neither of those got her the job.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Nov. 29, 2018

New managing editor right at home in the newsroom

BECKLEY, W. Va. — Wendy Holdren, an award-winning Register-Herald journalist who hails from Wyoming County, has been appointed managing editor of the daily newspaper in Beckley.

Holdren, 29, began her career in journalism at The Register-Herald in 2011, shortly after graduating from Concord University.

Earlier this year she was named 2017 Reporter of the Year by Community Newspapers Holding Inc., which owns the Beckley newspaper and more than a hundred others across the country including the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Times West Virginian in Fairmont and The Fayette Tribune in Oak Hill.

Holdren, who holds a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri, has won several West Virginia Press Association awards for her legal reporting and her coverage of health issues and the opioid crisis.

“I could not be more pleased to have a person of Wendy’s character and integrity to help lead this newsroom,” said J. Damon Cain, executive editor of The Register-Herald. “Wendy cares deeply about the prominent issues that affect people’s lives, here. And being from this neck of the woods, she displays a debt of gratitude as well.

“I want to assure everyone in our circulation reach, if they don’t yet know Wendy, they can rest assured that they have no better champion in building an honest, respectful and relevant daily report.”

Holdren is stepping into a position that Dawn Dayton held for more than 30 years.

“I’m excited for this opportunity,” Holdren said. “I definitely have some big shoes to fill.

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Chris Reen Joins The Gazette and Will Become Publisher in May 2019

Clarity Media Group announced today that Chris Reen will become the president of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, beginning February 2019. Reen and publisher of The Gazette, Dan Steever, will manage the publication until May 2019 when Steever plans to return to the East Coast to be closer to his children and extended family. At that time, Reen will add the duties of publisher to his responsibilities.

A 30-year veteran of the media industry, Reen most recently served as president of The Oklahoman Media Company and publisher of The Oklahoman, the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma. He began his career at The Oklahoman in 2004 and has held media executive positions in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He is known for his strong business background with special interests in collaboration and teamwork.

"Chris has an impressive breadth of industry experience and will be an outstanding leader of The Gazette. We're excited to have him on board," said Ryan McKibben, President and CEO of Clarity Media Group. "We thank Dan for his years of leadership—not only at The Gazette, but in the Colorado Springs community—and wish him and his family the best moving forward."

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Nov. 15, 2018

Award-winning photojournalist J. David Ake named AP director of photography

J. David Ake, deputy bureau chief for visual journalism at the AP Washington bureau, has been promoted to director of photography for The Associated Press.

The announcement was made Thursday by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee.

Ake, one of the news agency’s most experienced photos staffers, will direct the creative vision for AP’s award-winning daily photos report, ensuring AP delivers high-quality photojournalism to its member news organizations and customers.

He will oversee the sports and entertainment photo managers and guide and mentor AP photographers and photo editors across the globe.

“David is an accomplished and visionary photographer and editor. He also is a true leader, with a track record of identifying and mentoring talent, and of leading change,” said Buzbee. “He’s also approachable and highly collaborative, just the kind of leader we need to build on the legacy of AP photojournalism and lead it into the future.”

In his new role, Ake will report to Derl McCrudden, deputy managing editor for visual and digital journalism, and will be a member of AP’s editorial leadership team. He will be based in New York.

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Leadership shakeup in Orlando; regional coverage to be extended

Tribune Publishing has shaken up the leadership of its Orlando Sentinel, replacing its editor/publisher and seeking a new managing editor.

Avido Khahaifa's editor/publisher job will be split between Julie Anderson, editor in chief of South Florida's Sun Sentinel, and Nancy Meyer, the Sun Sentinel's general manager and publisher. Anderson and Meyer, who both have senior experience at the Orlando Sentinel, will retain their previous job responsibilities at the Sun Sentinel, three hours south on Florida's Turnpike.

Tribune explained the management news as part of a new focus to unite and strengthen the newsrooms' coverage of regional politics, the environment and weather, and public health. The move comes as Florida is engaged in a statewide recount of its knotted governor's and Senate elections.

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WSJ hires SF Biz Times editor Chu as editor on wire desk

Patrick Chu, the former San Francisco Business Times editor, has been hired by The Wall Street Journal as a senior publishing editor.

Chu is a team member on the Dow Jones Newswires publishing desk in New York.

“In this role, Patrick joins the Newswires leadership team, helping to set coverage priorities and manage the editing team in New York,” said Glenn Hall, global chief editor of Dow Jones Newswires, in an email to the staff.

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Idaho Statesman eliminates executive editor post

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The McClatchy Company has restructured the newsroom leadership positions at the Idaho Statesman, eliminating the executive editor position held by Rhonda Prast and naming Nate Poppino as interim local editor.

The Idaho Statesman reports the decision was announced in the newsroom on Monday by McClatchy west region editor Lauren Gustus.

Gustus said Prast's departure was a cost decision and not related to her performance. She said the restructuring was done with the goal of retaining as many local reporting resources as possible.

Prast arrived at the Statesman in 2016 from the Kansas City Star. Under her leadership the Statesman saw double-digit growth in digital audiences and tackled tough environmental and political topics including a six-month project on Idaho's salmon populations, an exploration of abuse in the Catholic Church and the story behind the Boise Police Department's worst shooting in years.

Poppino is a University of Idaho graduate who started his career as a reporter at the Times-News in Twin Falls. He served in a variety of roles there, including a brief stint as interim editor. He came to the Statesman in 2013, working first as breaking news editor for four years.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Nov. 8, 2018

Chicago Reporter names Fernando Diaz editor-in-chief and publisher

Fernando Diaz, onetime reporter for the Daily Herald and former managing editor of the Spanish-language daily Hoy Chicago, has been named editor-in-chief and publisher of The Chicago Reporter. His appointment, effective November 19, was announced Thursday by the nonprofit Community Renewal Society.

Diaz, who most recently was managing editor for digital coverage at the San Francisco Chronicle, succeeds Susan Smith Richardson, who stepped down earlier this year after five years at the award-winning investigative news organization that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Nov. 2, 2018

McClatchy's head of news Tim Grieve leaves company for new media venture

Tim Grieve, Vice President of News for McClatchy, announced Friday that he would step down from his position following the midterm elections on Nov. 7. He will be moving to a "new venture in the media space," according to a statement from McClatchy.

As Vice President of News, Grieve oversees the company's newsrooms and news strategies.

"During a time of significant industry disruption, Tim's vision for local journalism and his intense focus on the areas where it can have the greatest impact has resulted in critical achievements for our company: Our newsrooms now reach more people than ever before with our own brand of local journalism that holds public officials accountable, makes a concrete difference in our communities and tells readers stories in compelling ways that will directly affect their lives," said Craig Forman, President and CEO of McClatchy, in a news release.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Oct. 26, 2018

Los Angeles Times Names Sue Horton Op-Ed Editor

The Los Angeles Times has named Sue Horton Op-Ed Editor, reporting to Nicholas Goldberg, editor of the editorial pages. Horton previously held the position in 2014 and will return to The Times in early December.

“The op-ed section is where we bring together a curious and diverse group of columnists and contributors who offer ideas, commentary and analysis about timely and important issues,” said Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine. “Sue brings knowledge, experience and a discerning eye for talent to this most important role.”

“Sue is an extremely talented editor, a great colleague and mentor, and her versatility and energy will invigorate our op-ed pages,” Goldberg said. “We’re delighted to have her back to help us find and publish smart, provocative, penetrating opinion pieces in print and online, and to find more ways to engage the larger community in these conversations.”

Horton is currently a top news editor at Reuters, handling immigration coverage as well as stories about the Supreme Court, healthcare and the midterm elections. She was previously at The Times from 2001 to 2014 in a variety of roles, including Op-Ed Editor, Sunday Opinion Editor and Deputy Metro Editor. Before joining The Times, Horton served as editor-in-chief of the L.A. Weekly, was a professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, authored “The Billionaire Boys Club” and did investigative reporting for CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

“It’s an exciting new era at the Los Angeles Times and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” Horton said.

Ronnie Crocker, has been named Editor of The Beaumont Enterprise

Ronnie Crocker has been named editor of The Beaumont Enterprise, effective Monday.

He comes to the paper from the Houston Chronicle, where he held a variety of newsroom positions, mostly recently as deputy editor of the Business news department. The Chronicle and the Enterprise are both owned by Hearst.

Crocker is a Texas native and 1985 graduate of Texas A&M University. He also holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. His previous newspaper experience includes stints at the Bryan-College Station Eagle and Daily Press of Newport News, Va., where his reporting won local, state and national awards.

He joined the Chronicle in 1994 as an assistant state editor and over the years also served as day city editor, Sunday city editor and assistant features editor.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Oct. 18, 2018

Tyler Miller steps down as publisher of Independent Record, Montana Standard

Tyler Miller, publisher of the Independent Record in Helena and the Montana Standard in Butte, is stepping down from that position to pursue other opportunities in the Helena area.

He will be replaced by Anita Fasbender, who joined the Independent Record in 1991 as a district manager and promotion marketing coordinator. She was also circulation director and regional advertising services manager before being named regional operations director in 2012.

Alongside Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing and group publisher for Iowa-based Lee Enterprises, Miller announced his resignation to the Independent Record staff Tuesday morning. Miller and Fasbender are traveling to Butte to make the announcement to the Montana Standard staff.

Miller was named regional publisher for Helena and Butte in 2013. Today is his last day with the company.

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Albany Business Review editor (and former AP news editor) Mike Hendricks retiring

Editor-in-chief Mike Hendricks will retire at the end of the year, after 18 years at the Albany Business Review and a 50-year career in journalism.

Hendricks joined the Business Review as editor in 2000 after 27 years with the Associated Press.

He has made a profound impact on the publication and many journalists over the years. Hendricks' focus on quality journalism and his insistence on excellence has earned the paper many awards over the years - and more importantly, the respect of the business community. He prided himself on making the newsroom a place for journalists to do their best work.

Under Hendricks' leadership, the Albany Business Review has consistently been recognized as one of the top papers in the state by the New York Press Association. Awards have included general excellence, in-depth reporting and feature writing, among others. Hendricks has also been recognized for his reporting and column writing four times by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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Veteran Newspaper Editor Nancy Barnes Named NPR's Top News Executive

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn has named Nancy Barnes, a veteran newspaper editor, as the network's permanent chief news executive, NPR announced Tuesday. Barnes fills a nearly yearlong vacancy that was triggered by the firing of Michael Oreskes, NPR's former news head, over allegations of sexual harassment.

Barnes is currently the executive editor at the Houston Chronicle and also leads newsrooms at the Hearst Corp.'s other Texas newspapers. She will take over as NPR's senior vice president for news and editorial director on Nov. 28. She previously led the Minneapolis Star Tribune, earning acclaim and national awards for and at each paper.

Barnes, 57, will fill the job once held by Oreskes, the former New York Times and Associated Press newsroom executive whom Mohn ousted in November 2017 after accusations surfaced against Oreskes of past sexual harassment. Two female journalists at NPR had filed complaints of sexual harassment against Oreskes. Their allegations became public after two additional female journalists alleged Oreskes sexually harassed them when they were exploring job prospects at the The New York Times when Oreskes was a top editor there two decades ago.

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Matt Derienzo Named Vice President of News & Digital Content at Hearst Connecticut Media Group

NEW YORK, October 15, 2018—Hearst Newspapers today announced that Matt DeRienzo has been named vice president of news and digital content at Hearst Connecticut Media Group. In the newly created role as the group’s top editor, DeRienzo will oversee the editors of Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s eight daily and 13 weekly newspapers, as well as its 21 news websites. The announcement was made by Jeff Johnson, president of Hearst Newspapers, and Paul Barbetta, group publisher and president, Hearst Connecticut Media Group and senior vice president, circulation for Hearst Newspapers.

DeRienzo joins Hearst from LION Publishers—an organization that fosters growth among independent online news organizations—where he most recently served as the first full-time executive director. His journalism career spans 25 years as a reporter, editor, publisher, corporate director of news and a nonprofit leader.

Previously, from 2011 to 2014, DeRienzo worked for Digital First Media as editor of the New Haven Register, which Hearst acquired last year, adding the responsibilities of the company’s Northeast regional editor in 2012. During his tenure in New Haven, the Register was recognized with the American Society of News Editors' Robert C. McGruder Award for Leadership in Newsroom Diversity.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Oct. 11, 2018

Lukens takes over news for Colorado radio stations

Shannon Lukens has been named news director for KRAI and 55 Country, in northwest Colorado.

The stations were recently purchased by Steamboat Radio and Blizzard Broadcasting, based in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The company also owns KEZZ Easy 94-1 FM, KTYV 105.7 Sports on FM, KBCR 96.9 Big Country Radio, Classic Rock The River 98.9, and News Talk 100.5 KKSB.

Lukens is news director for all seven stations, as well as social media manager, and afternoon DJ on Easy 94-1.

The Steamboat resident has a long history of radio and TV experience, including anchoring and writing the news at CNN, CNN Headline News, and the Airport Network in Atlanta, Ga. She was also on the air at WSB Radio in Atlanta, and KSPN Radio and TV in Aspen, Colo.

When she isn’t on the air in Steamboat, she is announcing major sporting events throughout Colorado. She also announces all Steamboat Wrangler Junior Hockey games, as well as being director of sales and marketing for the high-level hockey team.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Sept. 27, 2018

Haupt hired as East Oregonian news editor

Wyatt Haupt, a veteran editor with experience in newsrooms in several western states, joined the East Oregonian team on Monday.

He will assume the role of news editor, working with reporters and photographers toward the daily production of the EO, both in print and online.

Haupt was most recently the news editor of The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona and had previously held editorial positions at the News-Times in Newport, Daily Courier in Grants Pass and News-Review in Roseburg. He has also worked at newspapers in Colorado and California.

“Wyatt knows newspapers inside and out,” said managing editor Daniel Wattenburger. “He’s worked at papers large and small and has led teams to great local coverage. I couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”

Haupt is an avid outdoorsman, with interests ranging from surfing to ping-pong, snowboarding to pinball, and is excited to be in Pendleton.

“I dig the downtown,” Haupt said. “There’s plenty of outdoor activities ... it’s the perfect spot for me.”

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Aug. 30, 2018

Austin American-Statesman publisher, editor accept buyouts

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin American-Statesman Publisher Susie Biehle and Editor Debbie Hiott have announced that they are accepting buyout offers from owner GateHouse Media and will be leaving the paper.

Hiott announced Monday that she will depart Sept. 30, while Biehle said she will leave Nov. 30.

Buehle has been the Statesman's publisher since November 2012 after having advanced to vice president and general manager of USA Today. Hiott, who joined the Statesman as an intern 28 years ago, has been editor since November 2011.

The announcement comes five months after GateHouse finalized its purchase of the paper from Cox Enterprises, which had owned the paper for 41 years. The American-Statesman recently extended voluntary buyout offers to all employees but hasn't revealed how many employees have accepted buyouts.

GateHouse offers voluntary severance packages to some Tribune employees

GateHouse Media offered Columbia Daily Tribune employees voluntary severance packages Wednesday, Publisher Terri Leifeste said Thursday.

Leifeste was unsure of the exact number of people who received the offers, but she said only those in production or sales were excluded. She emphasized that acceptance of the offers is voluntary.

“It’s not a Columbia Daily Tribune initiative; it’s a GateHouse initiative,” Leifeste said.

Leifeste wouldn’t describe the terms of the offers, saying she didn’t “see how that’s relevant.”

“We simply rolled it out to our employees because we’re part of GateHouse,” Leifeste said. “Our plans (as a company) are no different.”

Tribune Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland said the paper’s plans had not changed since GateHouse Media’s decision to offer the severance packages. Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Aug. 23, 2018

Los Angeles Times Names Sewell Chan a Deputy Managing Editor

The Los Angeles Times said that Sewell Chan has been named a deputy managing editor. He will report directly to Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine.

Chan will supervise a team of journalists responsible for initiating coverage and developing content for its digital, video and print platforms. They will be drawn from and work closely with all of The Times’ editorial departments.

Chan, 40, has spent the past 14 years at The New York Times where he worked as a reporter in Manhattan and Washington; as deputy editor of the Op-Ed page and Sunday Review section; as a news editor in London responsible for breaking news from Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and, most recently, as International News Editor in New York.

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Michael Roehrman named executive editor of The Wichita Eagle

Michael Roehrman, a seventh-generation Kansan who has worked at The Wichita Eagle since 1996, was named executive editor Friday.

Roehrman, 52, succeeds Steve Coffman, who left in April to become editor of the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.

“I am incredibly excited about this. I love this paper dearly,” Roehrman said. “I love Wichita. I love Kansas.

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Brown named editor of The Item

Veteran journalist Joseph Brown has been named editor of the The Huntsville Item, Publisher Jake Mienk announced recently.

"I'm excited to be in Huntsville, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the people and places of this great community," Brown said.

Brown wants to keep The Huntsville Item relevant to its communities.

"At the heart of a great community is a strong newspaper," he said. "I want The Item to continue to be the source that brings our community together."

Publisher Jake Mienk is pleased to have Brown join the The Item’s management staff.

“The search for our top editor has finally concluded and we are thrilled to have Joseph on board to lead our editorial team in serving our communities,” Mienk said. “He’s been a successful innovator, strategic planner and creative leader across his career. The veteran skills he possesses will help move us forward on both the print and digital fronts here in Huntsville.”

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Aug. 9, 2018

Byrd named The Paris News’ managing editor

The Paris (Texas) News has hired a new managing editor to lead its newsroom operations.

Klark Byrd joined the editorial department July 30. He brings more than a decade of experience working in newsrooms throughout the Midwest and the South, most recently serving as assistant managing editor of The Facts in Brazoria County. The Facts is a sister publication of The Paris News, which are both owned by Southern Newspapers Inc.

“Klark will be a wonderful addition, not only to The Paris News, but to the entire community,” said Relan Walker, publisher of The Paris News. “His experience and leadership abilities make him a strong asset. Without a doubt, we will continue to improve as we cover the events of Paris and the surrounding areas.”

Byrd’s career in newspapers began in 2007 with The Sidney Sun-Telegraph in Sidney, Nebraska. For more than four years, he covered every facet of the community for the daily newspaper while working his way up from cub reporter to senior staff writer. Although his primary beats included the city’s government and crime, it was Byrd’s work on feature stories that brought the newspaper national attention from the Associated Press. One of those stories in particular has remained with him through the years.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Aug. 2, 2018

Editor named to oversee local newsrooms in Ogden and Provo

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden has named a new executive editor to oversee its newsroom in addition to her current post directing the Daily Herald in Provo.

The Standard-Examiner reported Jordan Carroll's new role Friday, two months after it was sold to the Provo newspaper's West Virginia-based parent company. Twenty-one people were laid off at the Standard-Examiner, including five in the newsroom.

Carroll acknowledges the transition has been "bumpy," but said good changes are coming and asked readers for patience.

Carroll is a Texas native who graduated from Brigham Young University and has worked for the Daily Herald for six years, three of them in the top newsroom position.

Publisher Rhett Long says she is "young in age, but really old in wisdom," and he appreciates that she will challenge him on tough decisions.

Kurt Franck to oversee newspapers in Pittsburgh, Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Block Communications Inc. has promoted Kurt Franck to vice president of newspaper operations. He will oversee the company's papers in Pittsburgh and Toledo.

Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications, announced that Franck will remain based in Toledo while also overseeing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Franck earlier this year took on the role of president and general manager of business operations of The Blade in Toledo.

Franck joined The Blade in 2000 as managing editor and became executive editor in 2009.

He also has worked at the Sun Sentinel in Florida and with United Press International.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • July 26, 2018

Editor of The Oregonian/OregonLive to depart for top editing job in Florida

Mark Katches, The Oregonian/OregonLive's editor and vice president of content, is stepping down next month to take a new job as executive editor of the Tampa Bay Times.

Katches, 55, oversaw the Portland-based newsroom during the most explosive digital growth phase in its history. The newsroom has expanded its online audience more than 70 percent during the four years he has served as editor. The staff also has garnered numerous regional and national awards for investigative and narrative journalism.

"Mark is passionate about making a difference through quality, in-depth reporting," said John F. Maher, president of the Oregonian Media Group. "His contributions to our company and to our community will have a lasting effect. We wish him the very best."

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Ted Bridis leaving AP to teach investigative reporting at Florida in lecturer post named in honor of Capital Gazette victim

After 11 years as editor of AP's Washington investigative team, and after 30 years with AP and the Wall Street Journal, Ted Bridis (Email) is leaving the AP at the end of July to teach investigative reporting at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. He is joining UF as the Rob Hiaasen Lecturer in Investigative Reporting, honoring the UF alumnus who was killed June 28 in the Capital Gazette shooting in Maryland.

"I'm returning to my home state of Florida and fulfilling career plans I made decades ago to teach," said Bridis, a Connecting colleague. "Thank you to colleagues in Washington and elsewhere, past and current, who have made coming to work every day such a privilege and a learning experience, and thank you to our sources who put themselves at risk to share information confidentially. I can't express my appreciation enough."

Diane McFarlin, dean of the Florida College of Journalism and Communications, said Friday in announcing his appointment that Bridis has been editor of the Associated Press' Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington investigative team since 2007 and is AP's leading newsroom expert on security practices for source-protection and on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and related laws.

"His journalistic achievements are extensive," she said. "His investigative team won the 2012 Pulitzer and Goldsmith prizes for investigative reporting on NYPD intelligence programs, and he led AP's efforts that won the $10,000 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Awards in 2014 and 2011. Ted won the 2014 Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics and the 2014 Society of Professional Journalism Ethics in Journalism Award. His team's coverage of hurricane flooding at toxic waste sites was a finalist for the 2017 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in the category of investigations triggered by breaking news."

Morning Call publisher and editor-in-chief Robert York leaving for New York Daily News

Robert York, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Morning Call, is departing the newspaper to lead the New York Daily News.

York, 55, confirmed Monday morning that effective July 30 he will become editor-in-chief of the Daily News, which like The Morning Call is owned by Tronc Inc.

Tronc, which acquired the Daily News in September, announced in a company memo Monday morning that it is eliminating half of the Daily News' newsroom staff. York will be tasked with helping to turn around a struggling property that lost about $90 million from 2014 to 2016, according to SEC filings.

York, a Pittsburgh native, joined The Morning Call in July 2016 after a 20-year career with the San Diego Union-Tribune. During his two years with The Morning Call, York oversaw the newsroom's "very aggressive" pivot to a digitally focused news cycle and the ensuing growth of its digital audience. The newspaper also launched a new arts section, revamped its business section and is about to launch a new digital opinion and dialogue section.

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Gillesby, Laub appointed to AP leadership roles

AP has appointed an experienced video manager and a longtime foreign correspondent to key leadership roles overseeing all journalists in two critical news regions.

Sara Gillesby, a New York-based video manager who led coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Sandy Hook school shooting and 2016 political conventions, has been named news director for all formats in the U.S. East region.

Karin Laub, who has covered wars, revolutions, the plight of refugees and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for three decades as a foreign correspondent, has been promoted to the Middle East news director.

The appointments were announced Tuesday by Noreen Gillespie, deputy managing editor for U.S. News, and Ian Phillips, deputy managing editor and vice president for international news.

The AP is merging the management of its text, photo, video and interactive journalism at regional desks around the world. Each region will be overseen by a management team in which every format is represented and will include multimedia journalists and an integrated editing desk that emphasizes video, photos and social media.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • July 12, 2018

East Region editor Karen Testa leaving AP after 26-year career

Brian Carovillano - AP managing editor: For more than two decades now, Karen Testa has been in the middle of more big stories than you can imagine. She's launched the AP careers of dozens of young journalists. My own AP journey began many years ago with a job interview at the old Boston bureau with Karen, who instantly won me over with her passion for news and her informality.

I'm writing today with the sad news that Karen has decided to leave the AP after a career that led her from a legislative temp posting in Albany to the helm of one of our busiest and most important regions. We understand her decision to stay in Philadelphia with her family as the East Desk relocates, but we'll miss her enthusiasm, energy and commitment. Her last day in the office will be this Friday.

Karen spent seven years as the regional editor for the East, a span that encompassed some of the most memorable stories of our time - from the Boston Marathon bombing to the Bill Cosby trials. Before that, she was news editor in Boston, swinging into action on 9/11 after it became clear one of the planes had taken off from Logan Airport, and covering the 2004 Red Sox World Series win after so, so many years of ineptitude (so many). She's also spent time as a reporter in Florida, Missouri, New York and her native Massachusetts.

In recent years, she has been at the center of our efforts to tell the story of how the Trump presidency is playing out across the 50 states, and how the #metoo movement is changing our society. We are grateful to Karen for her many years of leadership and her relentless pursuit of the news, and we wish her the best in every future endeavor.

Joe Tarica named editor of The Tribune and

Longtime local journalist Joe Tarica has been named editor of The Tribune and, it was announced Thursday.

Tarica, who celebrated his 25th year at The Tribune in January, started his career in the newsroom as an intern in 1991 while a student at Cal Poly. Since then, Tarica has worked in nearly every newsroom capacity, as a copy editor, page designer, assigning editor, reporter, photo editor and, most recently as senior editor — as well as overseeing graphics and video.

"I am truly honored to lead such a talented and committed group of journalists in a newsroom that's been home for my entire career," Tarica said. "I know this county and the issues that are important to the people who live here, and I will work with passion and dedication, using all of the tools at our disposal, to tell great stories, hold our leaders accountable and defend responsible journalism on the Central Coast at a time when it's never been more vital."

During his time at The Tribune, Tarica has won numerous awards, including recognitions for column writing and headline writing, as well as more than 25 Society for News Design awards while presentation editor overseeing newspaper production.

In recent months, Tarica has overseen impactful local stories, including the death of Andrew Holland in San Luis Obispo County Jail and in-depth coverage of the county's skyrocketing housing and living costs.

"We’re thrilled to have Joe’s continued journalistic leadership,” Tribune Publisher Ken Riddick said. “His deep understanding of the community and his experience means Tribune readers will receive sharp coverage of relevant issues.”

Tarica succeeds Executive Editor Sandra Duerr, who retired from The Tribune in late 2017.

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Los Angeles Times installs new leadership team that includes Scott Kraft, Kris Viesselman and Kimi Yoshino

Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine on Monday unveiled his leadership team that includes newsroom veterans and a newly hired editor.

Scott Kraft becomes managing editor. Kraft has been with The Times for more than three decades, and now will be responsible for foreign, national, Washington, California and Metro news in addition to investigations and enterprise reporting. Until Monday, Kraft, 63, served as deputy managing editor and previously was front-page editor and national editor.

A longtime national reporter and foreign correspondent, Kraft served stints as bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Paris. He grew up in Kansas and joined The Times in its Chicago bureau in 1984, after working at the Associated Press, where he was recognized as a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He was one of the few senior editors to survive a purge of the paper's leadership last summer by its previous owners.

"Scott's promotion is an acknowledgment of the role he instinctively took on during the past tumultuous year, working with teams throughout the newsroom to produce journalism of the highest quality," Pearlstine said in a note to staff.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer created a diversity and inclusion position

On Monday, The Philadelphia Inquirer announced a newly created position — vice president for diversity and inclusion. Michael Days, who previously was vice president and editor for reader engagement, will serve in that role.

“It’s been clear to me since I first walked into a newsroom decades ago that the composition of a newsroom weighs heavily on how the organization views those for which it writes and how that community views the institution,” Days said in a press release.

In the role, he’ll lead diversity and inclusion training and work to find, keep and develop diverse staff.

Diversifying the newsroom was a priority of the newsroom itself in an “A Call to Arms” report created in 2016 as the journalists there approached digital reinvention. In May, the newsroom added six fellows whose goals included engaging “new and more diverse audiences.”

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • June 28, 2018

Meet the Woman Who ‘Really Runs’ the New York Times Newsroom

On the eve of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Juanita Powell-Brunson, The New York Times's deputy director of newsroom operations, was driving through downtown Cleveland with a trunk full of gas masks and bulletproof vests.

Ohio is an open-carry state, and if violence erupted, as some reports suggested was possible, Ms. Powell-Brunson was ready to outfit Times staff members with riot gear. She was, she admitted, a little nervous.

At home in New Jersey, Ms. Powell-Brunson's husband was also worried - about the possibility that she would get pulled over, she said, "and the cops would think I'm trying to commit a crime."

Ms. Powell-Brunson, 42, has worked at The Times for 18 years, and her responsibilities are vast and varied. She oversees operations for two of the paper's most logistically complicated sections - National and Politics - where reporters crisscross the country to cover primaries, fires, erupting volcanoes and the president. She is also in charge of the national bureaus and manages 11 desk administrative managers and two confidential administrative assistants.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • June 21, 2018

Bossick named LDN managing editor

David Bossick has been named managing editor of the Ludington Daily News, effective today.

Joining him in newsroom leadership is Jeff Kiessel as assistant managing editor.

Both have won many press awards and have established solid roots in the community.

Bossick, a Central Michigan University graduate, has been sports editor at the Ludington Daily News since September 2011. Previously he was sports editor at a daily newspaper Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He started his journalism journey as a news writer at CM Life and then at Caro, at a twice-weekly newspaper in the Thumb.

“I’m looking forward to carrying on the traditions and living up to the expectations our readers have for us at the Daily News. We, as a newspaper, won’t be able to do that without our readers’ continued thoughts, questions and concerns. Thankfully, we have a supportive staff throughout our building here, previous managing editors nearby and our readers to help guide the way,” Bossick said.

“Although I’ve covered sports most of my 18-year career, my roots are deep with covering local news.

Hjellming named Faribault Daily News publisher

The Faribault Daily News and The Kenyon Leader will see a change in leadership effective Thursday, June 21.

Chad Hjellming has been named publisher of both papers, following the resignation of Sam Gett. Gett, who has been with the company for 11½ years and at the Daily News since April 2014, has accepted the publisher’s job at the Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa.

“While we all will miss Sam’s calm and confident demeanor, he leaves us in good stead. His caring for employees, the community and for great journalism define his time here,” said Regional President Tom Murray, who added that Gett was “a great help and resource to me as I came into the Southern Minnesota group 18 months ago. I wish him the best going forward.”

A native Minnesotan, Hjellming, 46, joined the newspaper’s parent company, APG of Southern Minnesota, in May 2015 as Northfield News general manager. By that December he took on the publisher’s role at Northfield News and was named general manager at the company’s weekly publications in Waseca, St. Peter, Le Sueur and Le Center.

Hjellming, who started his journalism career at his hometown paper, Caledonia Argus, previously served as zone sales manager for the Rivertown Multimedia Group, which includes the Red Wing Republican-Eagle and Farmington Independent. Prior to that, he worked as a general manager, managing editor and reporter at various southern Minnesota newspapers.

New editor named to lead The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — One editor will lead the two daily newspapers that cover Virginia's Hampton Roads region.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that Marisa Porto will edit the Norfolk-based newspaper and the Daily Press in Newport News.

Media company Tronc bought the Pilot last month and already owns the Daily Press, where Porto has been editor.

Formerly Tribune, Tronc also owns The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun.

Porto said she was excited "to give a wider voice to some issues in Hampton Roads." The Pilot covers south Hampton Roads, while the Daily Press covers communities to the north.

Porto takes over for Steve Gunn, who has left the Pilot.

In a statement, Gunn wished Porto and the newsroom well and said he "loved the opportunity to serve Hampton Roads with great local journalism."

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Bill Nagel Named Publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 14, 2018--Hearst Newspapers today named Bill Nagel publisher of the  San Francisco Chronicle, replacing Jeff Johnson who was named president of Hearst Newspapers in February. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Johnson.

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Bill Nagel, publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle (Photo: Business Wire)

With more than 4,000 employees across the nation, Hearst Newspapers publishes 24 dailies and 64 weeklies, including the  San Francisco Chronicle,  Houston Chronicle,  The New Haven Register  and  Albany Times Union. It also operates digital marketing services and directories businesses under the LocalEdge brand.

The  San Francisco Chronicle  is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst in 2000, the  San Francisco Chronicle  was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence.

Feeley named executive editor for The News Journal

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Mike Feeley, a veteran news executive from Pennsylvania, has been named executive editor of The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware's largest-circulation daily newspaper.

Feeley, who also will lead the News Journal's website, Delaware Online, will assume his duties July 9. He replaces David Ledford, who retired in March.

Feeley has served as senior director of content for PennLive and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg. He helped lead a team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.

Feeley started his career at The Press-Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, before moving to The Patriot-News and PennLive in 1989.

The News Journal reports that Feeley says he plans to focus on digital media but still maintain a strong print presence.

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Mike Feeley named executive editor of The News Journal

Mike Feeley, a Pennsylvania native and a top editor at PennLive, has been named executive editor of The News Journal and Delaware Online.

Feeley, 52, was the senior director of content for PennLive and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg.

He was one of the leaders of the team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for its coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.

“It’s exciting to join such a talented newsroom with a rich history of investigative journalism,” Feeley said. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with the staff to generate high-impact journalism that reaches the largest audience possible.

A graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Feeley, the youngest of three brothers, started his career at The Press-Enterprise in Bloomsburg, before moving to The Patriot-News and PennLive in 1989. The organization, which covers the entire state, has more than 40 reporters and about four to five editors, he said.

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New Los Angeles Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong names veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine executive editor

The Los Angeles Times has a new owner, a new editor and, after years of upheaval, a new path forward.

On the day that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong completed his $500-million purchase of the 136-year-old newspaper, the L.A. biotech billionaire announced he was naming veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine as its executive editor.

Pearlstine has spent 50 years in journalism helping shape some of the nation’s most prominent publications — including Time Inc. magazines, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Forbes. It was the first major move by Soon-Shiong, who also bought the San Diego Union-Tribune, Spanish-language Hoy and several community papers from Chicago newspaper company Tronc.

During the last two months, Pearlstine, 75, has served as an advisor to Soon-Shiong, charged with creating a transition plan for The Times. He will now execute that plan.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • June 14, 2018

Craig named publisher

Nacogdoches , Texas —Rick Craig, formerly of the Hood County News, has been named publisher of The Daily Sentinel effective Monday.

“Rick Craig, a solid and experienced Texas newspaperman, has agreed to join Southern Newspapers, Inc. as publisher of The Daily Sentinel. One other bit of very good news in Nacogdoches is that Debi Ryan has agreed to step back into the role of managing editor of The Sentinel, a role she filled admirably for a number of years. We’re very pleased to have such a strong management team coming to Nacogdoches,” said Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers.

A third-generation newspaperman, Craig started his career early by going to the office of the Hamlin Herald with his parents as a pre-schooler. He returned to the Herald after college and became the editor and publisher of the Herald in 1981 following the death of his father, Bob Craig.

AP names Steven Sloan as news editor overseeing politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press on Friday named Steven Sloan as news editor overseeing political coverage, including the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential campaign.

Sloan will oversee AP's national reporting team and work closely with reporters in Washington, as well as around the United States. His appointment was announced by AP Washington bureau chief Julie Pace.

"We're excited to have Steven taking on one of the most important jobs in political journalism," Pace said. "He's an experienced editor who is enthusiastic about politics, driven to break news and produce distinctive enterprise, and excited about the prospect of leveraging AP's resources not only in Washington, but in all 50 states."

Sloan joins the AP from CNN, where he most recently served as director of enterprise reporting in Washington. He also launched an award-winning digital magazine at CNN that combined long-form storytelling about politics, national security and culture with photography, graphics and animation.

During the 2016 campaign, Sloan was the managing editor for content at CNN Politics, overseeing a team of breaking news and enterprise reporters and editors covering the historic election.

Before joining CNN, Sloan was the congressional editor at POLITICO and a reporter at Bloomberg News. He grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in political science.

Wall Street Journal, Its Newsroom Unsettled, Names a New Editor

The Wall Street Journal named a new editor in chief on Tuesday, elevating Matthew J. Murray to the top spot at one of the country’s pre-eminent newspapers and bringing an end to the tenure of Gerard Baker, whose stewardship gave rise to unrest in the newsroom.

The British-born, Oxford-educated Mr. Baker, who led the broadsheet for five and a half years, will remain at The Journal as a weekend columnist. He will also host live events and a Journal-themed show on the Fox Business Network, which, like the newspaper, is an arm of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

At The Journal, Mr. Baker oversaw a sharp rise in readership and an award-winning investigation that exposed fraudulent claims by the health care tech company Theranos. But he also faced apprehension among his staff.

Last year, at an all-hands meeting called to address concerns about coverage, Mr. Baker defended himself against accusations from reporters that the paper had gone easy on President Trump, and suggested that other news organizations had become overly negative in their coverage.

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Steven Sloan named political editor

Steven Sloan has joined the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. as Politics News Editor, leading coverage of the U.S. midterm elections and 2020 presidential campaign.

As AP’s political editor, Sloan will lead coverage of the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential campaign.

Sloan will report to Deputy Bureau Chief Kathleen Hennessey. He rounds out a national political reporting team packed with stellar talent.

Sloan was previously CNN’s director of enterprise reporting in Washington, where he oversaw in-depth journalism for digital and television platforms. He also launched an award-winning digital magazine at CNN that combined long-form storytelling about politics, national security and culture with photography, graphics and animation. During the 2016 campaign, Sloan was the managing editor for content at CNN Politics, overseeing a team of breaking news and enterprise reporters and editors covering the historic election.

Before joining CNN, Sloan was the congressional editor at POLITICO and a reporter at Bloomberg News. He grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in political science.

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Feeley named executive editor for The News Journal

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Mike Feeley, a veteran news executive from Pennsylvania, has been named executive editor of The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware's largest-circulation daily newspaper.

Feeley, who also will lead the News Journal's website, Delaware Online, will assume his duties July 9. He replaces David Ledford, who retired in March.

Feeley has served as senior director of content for PennLive and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg. He helped lead a team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.

Feeley started his career at The Press-Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, before moving to The Patriot-News and PennLive in 1989.

The News Journal reports that Feeley says he plans to focus on digital media but still maintain a strong print presence.

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Ex-LA Times managing editor named new Express-News editor

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Los Angeles Times managing editor Marc Duvoisin has been appointed the new editor and vice president of the San Antonio Express-News.

Duvoisin took up his new duties on Monday. The 62-year-old veteran journalist succeeds Mike Leary, who retired May 18 after six years as leader of Express-News journalism.

The Express-News reports Duvoisin will lead a newsroom of more than 115 journalists, as well as share leadership of Hearst Newspapers' Austin and Washington bureaus with the Houston Chronicle.

Duvoisin began his journalism career with The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey, before moving to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He eventually became the Inquirer's Middle East correspondent before joining the Times as assistant managing editor in 2001.

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Alabama newspaper publisher leaving for job in Missouri

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The publisher of an Alabama newspaper is leaving for Missouri, to take over operations for a group of community newspapers.

Rex Maynor has been publisher at the Opelika-Auburn News since 2013. He will work in Branson, Missouri, as a publisher for Tri-Lakes Newspapers Inc., which is owned by Gadsden-based Lancaster Management Inc.

Maynor's last day at the Opelika-Auburn News is Friday. The regional publisher for the newspaper's parent company BH Media Group, Steve Smith, will assume Maynor's duties as publisher.

Smith also oversees the Dothan Eagle, Enterprise Ledger, Eufaula Tribune in Alabama and the Jackson County Floridan in northwest Florida.

Seguin Gazette welcomes new editor, bids farewell to Webb

Starting Monday, the Seguin Gazette will welcome a familiar face to the newsroom, and say “farewell” to its managing editor.

Managing Editor Travis Webb is slated to take the helm of the Kerrville Daily Times as its managing editor, with Chris Lykins set to fill the spot as Editor of the Seguin Gazette.

“Travis has been an amazing asset to our newsroom, he is an award-winning journalist and is extremely dedicated to his family, his staff and putting out the best products he can,” Seguin Gazette General Manager Elizabeth Engelhardt said. “We will miss Travis immensely, but wish him all the best on his new endeavors in Kerrville”

Webb made the move from his role as assistant managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in August 2016.

During his tenure with the Gazette, he’s earned several awards including the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Division A STAAR Designer of the Year 2018 and first place headline writing for Texas Press Association.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • June 7, 2018

Kathy Kiely Named the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies

Columbia, Mo. (May 31, 2018) — Kathy Kiely, a veteran reporter and editor with a multimedia portfolio and a passion for transparency, free speech and teaching, has been named the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism, effective July 1.

The chair is named for Lee Hills, who had a long and varied newspaper career. He worked as a reporter, foreign correspondent, news editor, editorial writer, editor, managing editor, executive editor, and publisher and CEO of two major newspapers, the Detroit Free Press and the Miami Herald. Hills, who attended the Missouri School of Journalism between 1927 and 1929, was also the first chairman and CEO of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. The Hills Chair also is part of a national network of Knight Chairs in Journalism, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In endowing the chair in 1995, Hills said its goal is to increase ordinary citizens’ understanding of the value of free expression to democratic societies. “The emphasis on good journalism should be on serving citizens, not on serving newspaper or TV. People have to know what is going on if they want to govern themselves,” he said.

After a long career covering politics in Washington, Kiely moved into the classroom full-time because, she says, universities are the laboratories that will discover the formula for making fact-based journalism viable again.

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Kelly Kissel ending 34-year AP career to join his hometown newspaper in Baton Rouge

AP's Arkansas supervisory correspondent in Little Rock and a longtime AP news editor, has been named the new metro editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - his hometown newspaper.

Managing Editor Fred Kalmbach said in a staff note that he will begin work June 25 at the Advocate. His note said: "Kelly - an LSU grad who grew up in Baton Rouge - has run both the Little Rock and Oklahoma City newsrooms for the AP, leading coverage of major political and breaking news stories. Before he took on the news editor role, he was an AP reporter in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Mississippi."

Kissel worked in the paper's marketing department in 1983 as he was wrapping up his studies at LSU and rewrote news stories for the Advocate's cable channel, which ran text of stories on full screens.

Kissel started his 34-year AP career as a temporary staffer in New Orleans in 1984, hired by CoB Hank Ackerman, a week before he graduated from LSU.Kissel moved to Jackson, Mississippi, for another temporary job and then got his first permanent position in Charleston, West Virginia. From there he moved on to correspondent in State College, Pennsylvania, and Little Rock as news editor in 1994 - "with coal strikes, the usual rural Pennsylvania mayhem and that beautiful mix of Whitewater and Paula Jones. My parents said they knew I had 'made it' when they saw me in the NBC Nightly News b-roll of Kenneth Starr," Kissel recalled.

During his 23-year Little Rock news editor tenure, he also assumed news editor responsibilities for Oklahoma from 2009 to 2017, when because of attrition, he moved to Little Rock supervisory correspondent.

Matt Murray Named Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal named newsroom veteran Matt Murray as its new editor in chief, succeeding Gerard Baker, who oversaw broad changes to the news organization in his 5½-year tenure as it dealt with a fading print-advertising business and the rise of digital journalism.

Mr. Baker, 56 years old, will take on the position of editor at large, which will involve hosting conferences and events, writing and television presenting. Mr. Murray, currently the Journal’s executive editor, will assume his new role on June 11.

Mr. Murray, 52 years old, has been at the paper for more than two decades, and has previously served as national editor, deputy managing editor and deputy editor in chief.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • May 31, 2018

Alison Smith to take over as editor of the Times-News

TWIN FALLS — Alison Smith, an award-winning journalist and editor, will be the new editor at the Times-News.

Times-News Publisher Kevin Kampman announced the selection of Smith as the new editor at a staff meeting Thursday. She replaces Matt Christensen, who in March took the position of executive editor at the Quad City Times in Davenport, Iowa.

Smith joined the Times-News staff in 2011 as breaking news, crime and courts reporter. After three years, she was promoted to managing editor, a position she held until March. She's served as the Times-News’ interim editor for the past two months.

“Alison has performed exceptionally in her interim role,” Kampman said. “I am sure as she takes the reigns permanently, and with our outstanding staff, great things will happen.”

Smith has roots in the Magic Valley. Her mother and grandparents grew up in Twin Falls, and she has family members scattered across the valley. Her mother eventually moved to Portland, Ore., where Smith was raised, but she has fond memories of visiting her grandparents in Twin Falls back when it was just becoming the city that it is today.

Smith’s journalism career began as a photographer for her high school yearbook. After graduating from the University of Montana School of Journalism in 2009, she began her reporting career at the Shoshone News-Press in Kellogg. After obtaining her master's degree in community journalism at the University of Alabama, she worked in central Washington at NCW Media for two weekly newspapers and a monthly business journal before joining the Times-News.

IndyStar editor Jeff Taylor promoted to USA TODAY; Ramos to lead IndyStar news operation

Jeff Taylor, the top editor who oversaw IndyStar’s USA Gymnastics investigation that led to 100-year-plus prison sentences for Larry Nassar in sexual assault and child pornography cases, has been named executive editor for news at USA TODAY.

Taylor will join USA TODAY on April 9. Gannett Co. Inc., the parent company of IndyStar and USA TODAY, has named Ronnie Ramos executive editor in Indianapolis. Ramos, a Cuban-American, is the first minority to lead IndyStar’s news operation.

Ramos during five years at IndyStar has played a key role in building one of the nation’s most decorated sports departments. He also has been charged with growing IndyStar’s digital audience, a crucial task for newsrooms that are facing print revenue declines.

“I think this is one of the great newsrooms in the country,” Ramos said. “We want to continue to build on that and get even better.”

Ramos succeeds Taylor, who also served as Midwest regional editor for the USA TODAY NETWORK and held the title of editor and vice president for news at IndyStar. Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize winner, oversaw newsrooms in Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana, including IndyStar.

In addition to Ramos’ expanded role, IndyStar on Wednesday also announced the hiring of Ginger Rough, who will be the No. 2 editor in the newsroom. Rough is joining IndyStar from The Arizona Republic, where she is the features editor and founder of, a website geared toward a family audience.

Rough, who has been at The Republic for 15 years, will oversee digital operations, breaking news and entertainment at IndyStar. She starts in May.

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AP names Dustin Weaver as Congress news editor

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press on Thursday named Dustin Weaver as news editor overseeing coverage of Congress, a key leadership role in AP's Washington bureau.

Weaver's appointment was announced by AP Washington bureau chief Julie Pace.

"Dustin is a smart and savvy editor with a deep understanding of how Washington works," Pace said. "He will be an integral part of AP's coverage of Capitol Hill and the upcoming midterm elections."

Weaver joins the AP from The Hill, where he was news editor overseeing the paper's print and digital coverage of Congress, the White House and other Washington beats. Weaver previously served as The Hill's business and lobbying editor. He has also held editing positions at The Washington Post Express and The Washington Examiner.

Born and raised in Marietta, Ohio, Weaver is a graduate of Walsh University and the Scripps graduate program at Ohio University.


Matt Lindberg named new managing editor of three Nebraska newspapers

Matt Lindberg is the new managing editor of three Nebraska newspapers: the Columbus Telegram, David City Banner-Press and Schuyler Sun.

For nearly the past two years, Lindberg has served as the managing editor for the Montrose Daily Press in Montrose, Colorado. He and his news team recently won 19 Colorado Press Association awards, including the categories of General Excellence and Editorial Sweepstakes.

Prior to accepting his position in Montrose, Lindberg worked at award-winning newspapers in North Carolina and Colorado serving in numerous capacities. He worked as a sports writer and news reporter, news editor and managing editor.

Lindberg is a 2008 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

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AP names Mullen US West deputy director for storytelling

The Associated Press has named Stephanie Mullen as its new deputy director of storytelling and photography for its U.S. West region, a position that will oversee the presentation of AP's breaking news and enterprise journalism across media formats in 13 states.

The appointment was announced by Anna Johnson, the AP's news director for the West region.

A journalist with more than two decades of experience leading photographers, Mullen joins a leadership team in the West region that guides the work of visual and text journalists alike. In her new role, the region's photographers will also report to Mullen.

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS • April 19, 2018

Ron Fournier leaving Crain’s Detroit

Crain's Detroit Business Publisher and Editor Ron Fournier is leaving journalism to become president of the Lansing-based Truscott Rossman public relations and lobbying firm.

The firm's founder and CEO, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, is retiring and seeking election to the state Senate in her district in mid-Michigan.

Co-founder and current President John Truscott will become CEO of the firm and is buying out Rossman-McKinney's stake. Truscott said the firm's name will not change. He would not comment on the purchase price.

Fournier will be based in the firm's Detroit office in the GM Renaissance Center.

Fournier, 54, joined Crain's in September 2016, after covering politics in Washington, D.C., for The Associated Press, the National Journal and The Atlantic.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • April 4, 2018

Las Vegas Review-Journal newsman Cook new executive editor

Longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal newsman Glenn Cook has been promoted to the position of executive editor and vice president for news.

The newspaper reported the move after Review-Journal Editor-in-Chief J. Keith Moyer was promoted to the position of publisher.

The 47-year-old Cook has served as managing editor since March 2016. Before that, he was the newspaper's interim editor. He previously worked at The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.

Poynter choses McClatchy editor Cheryl Carpenter for faculty

The Poynter Institute has named Cheryl Carpenter as its new leadership faculty member. Carpenter, the digitally savvy editor who previously served as the McClatchy Bureau Chief in Washington and Managing Editor at The Charlotte Observer, will direct Poynter’s growing leadership and local news innovation initiatives.

Poynter is offering more leadership programs in 2018 than ever in its 43-year history. Carpenter will help Poynter enhance its flagship programs, the Leadership Academy and Essential Skills for Newsroom Leaders, and expand programs that focus on diversity in leadership, such as the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media.

Michigan managing editor to take on new career

Patti Klevorn is stepping down from her role as managing editor of the Ludington (Michigan) Daily News, putting an end to a 25-year career that helped define an era for a newspaper and informed a community.

Klevorn will become the director of communications and marketing in the community of Epworth.

Daily News Publisher Ray McGrew, who has worked with Klevorn since joining the LDN family in 2014, commended her commitment to quality reporting and said he wishes her the best in her future endeavors. He said the paper was searching nationally for a new managing editor.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 29, 2018

AP names Tom Berman as news director for US Central region

The Associated Press has named Tom Berman as regional news director for the central United States, a new position overseeing AP's journalism and news operations across media formats in 14 states stretching from Texas to the upper Midwest.

The appointment was announced by Managing Editor Brian Carovillano. Berman will be based in Chicago, AP's Central regional hub, where he has been regional editor since August 2014.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 21, 2018

AP names Nancy Benac as White House news editor

Nancy Benac, a veteran Washington journalist who has covered the presidency and national political campaigns, has been named White House news editor at The Associated Press.

The appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP's Washington bureau chief.

Benac will lead a team of AP reporters covering all aspects of President Donald Trump's White House, one of the most competitive and closely watched beats in the world. She's overseen the White House team on an interim basis since last summer.

Benac has worked for the AP for more than 35 years, covering government and politics.

New AP global enterprise team is named

Vice President for Global Enterprise Marjorie Miller announced AP's new global enterprise reporting team. It will be dedicated to helping AP journalists around the world produce ambitious, multiformat journalism that breaks news and offers customers distinctive enterprise that they cannot get elsewhere.

In the field, the global enterprise team of award-winning journalists (including U.S. national writers) will report to Pauline Arrillaga, the U.S. enterprise editor, and to Mary Rajkumar, the international enterprise editor.

Jeannie Ohm is the enterprise video editor. Enric Marti is the enterprise photo editor. And Natalie Castaneda is joining Raghu Vadarevu's enterprise digital storytelling team as a producer.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 14, 2018

Kurt Franck named president of The Blade newspaper in Toledo

Block Communications Inc. has named Kurt Franck as president and general manager of business operations of The Blade in Toledo.

Franck also will remain executive editor of the newspaper.

He joined The Blade in 2000 as managing editor and became executive editor in 2009. He is a member of the APME Board of Directors.

Franck also has worked at the Sun Sentinel in Florida and with United Press International.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • March 8, 2018

Veteran journalist named editor of Indian Country Today

A veteran journalist who has worked for outlets including the Navajo Times, the Arizona Republic and the Seattle Times has been named editor of Indian Country Today.

The National Congress of American Indians announced the selection of Mark Trahant.

The group says Trahant is highly respected for his keen insight into issues impacting tribal nations.

Trahant is a member of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and a former Native American Journalists Association president.

NCAI took over Indian Country Today about a month ago after the Oneida Nation put operations on hold to explore new business models. It later donated assets to NCAI.

The organization says it plans to share content for free with tribal newspapers, radio stations and websites.

EDITORS IN THE NEWS • Feb. 28, 2018

J. Todd Foster named editor at The Daily Times in Tennessee

A new editor has been named for The Daily Times in Maryville, Tennessee.

He is J. Todd Foster, who succeeds Frank "Buzz" Trexler. Trexler retired Nov. 30 after leading the newsroom for nearly three decades.

Foster and Daily Times Publisher Carl Esposito worked together until about eight years ago at the Bristol (Virginia) Herald Courier, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Esposito is also president of Adams Publishing Group's Tennessee and North Carolina operations.

More recently, Foster has worked as a digital journalist and publications manager for several community magazines published by hibu, formerly the Yellowbook Co.

CBS names Margaret Brennan as 'Face the Nation' anchor

In appointing Margaret Brennan as moderator of "Face the Nation," CBS News gets the first person with day-to-day experience covering the Trump administration as host of a Sunday morning political talk show.

Brennan, 37, replaces John Dickerson. Dickerson recently moved to New York to become one of the three anchors of "CBS This Morning."

Brennan, in an interview, said the Sunday political shows are an increasingly important forum for lending perspective at a time the news cycle moves so quickly for journalists and viewers.

"To be able to step back and give some perspective is value-added," she said.

Brennan has been a panelist on "Face the Nation" and filled in as moderator since Dickerson's exit, along with Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett. She's currently a White House and foreign affairs correspondent for CBS, and interviewed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on "60 Minutes" this past Sunday.

Miami Herald: Saltz leaving as publisher, editor of Sun Sentinel

Howard Saltz, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun Sentinel, is stepping down from his post. Sources told the Miami Herald his last day at the newspaper will be Feb. 28.

Replacing him as editor-in-chief will be Julie Anderson, a long-time Tronc executive who currently serves as senior vice president of content & business development for the Orlando Sentinel Media Group, according to sources.

Nancy Meyer will oversee the Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel and the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia, as the region’s general manager. She currently serves as president of North Jersey Media Group. Previously she served as publisher and CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group.

Tronc, which is based in Chicago, has a portfolio that includes the New York Daily News and The Baltimore Sun.

Saltz became publisher and editor-in-chief of the Sun Sentinel in August 2016.

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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