Lee Enterprises has selected Dan Adams to be president and director of local sales and marketing for the company’s Central Illinois Publishing Group, which includes The Pantagraph in Bloomington, the Herald & Review in Decatur and the Journal-Gazette & Times-Courier in CharlestonMattoon. Adams currently oversees government and political business development for the company.
Lee Enterprises announced that it has named Michael Distelhorst president and director of local advertising sales for the Daily Journal (Park Hills, Missouri). Distelhorst succeeds general manager Melissa Bellew, who has left the company.
Lee Enterprises has named media executive Robin Gruen vice president of Brand Avenue Studios. Gruen will lead Lee’s custom content division.
Paul Farrell, publisher and president of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, has been named group publisher for Lee Enterprises’ Virginia markets.
Bob Heisse, most recently editor of the Kenosha News, has been named executive editor of the River Valley Media Group. Heisse will follow Rusty Cunningham, who announced his retirement after 41 years with Lee Enterprises.
Lee Enterprises announced that Donna Denson has been selected as president and director of local sales and marketing of The Southern Illinoisan. Denson succeeds publisher Terra Kerkemeyer, who has left the company.
Carlton Charles, who served as vice president and treasurer at Hearst, has been named senior vice president, treasury and risk management.
The Salt Lake Tribune announced that it has hired Chris Stegman as its new chief revenue officer. Stegman is now responsible for The Tribune’s subscription, advertising and marketing efforts online and in print.
Nancy A. Meyer has been named president of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald. Meyer recently departed the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Paul Pham has been named the general manager of the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel. Pham will retain his current corporate responsibilities in sales strategy, analytics, and manufacturing and distribution.
Author, inventor and scholar Boris Fuchs died on Oct. 13 at the age of 87. Fuchs was a pioneer in tech innovations and developments used for newspaper production. Fuchs was instrumental in establishing standards and procedures for production and manufacturing operations.
Marc Wilson, chairman emeritus of digital services company TownNews, has been elected president of the Inland Press Foundation.
Wilson succeeds Jeremy Halbreich, the chairman and CEO of Dallas-based AIM Media Management. He will remain a member of the Inland Press Foundation board.
Joyce McCullough, former president of Miller Media Group in LaSalle, Illinois, was elected vice president of the foundation.
Also elected as foundation directors were Camille Olson, a partner at the Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw; Julie Inskeep, publisher of The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana; David Holgate, Indiana/Michigan group president for Paxton Media Group; and Jim Sprung, associate publisher of The Villages Daily Sun (Florida).
Tom Slaughter, the former executive director of the Inland Press Association, will continue as the foundation’s secretary/treasurer.
Jane Seagrave, publisher of the Vineyard Gazette Media Group, was elected president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association at its annual meeting.
Boston Globe Media announced the appointment of Michelle Micone to the role of VP, innovation and strategic initiatives, a new executive-level position that will oversee the organization’s internal innovation program.
Steven Stiefel has been named the publisher of the Times-Journal (Fort Payne, Alabama).
Flint Group Flexographic welcomed Martin Cadek as VP operations.
Fujifilm Canada announced that Martin Boucher has been named as director of sales for the company’s Graphic Systems Division.
Tribune Publishing, which owns The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press newspapers, has promoted Shaun Fogarty, most recently the papers' general manager of digital solutions, to executive director of sales for Virginia Media Group. The promotion comes after longtime executive Kelly Till left to join the Richmond Times-Dispatch and its owner, Lee Enterprises, to be vice president of sales for Virginia.
News & Tech has gotten word that Heinz Schmid has died. He was known and admired by many in the industry.
Schmid, who died in June, served as vice president of web offset sales for Koenig & Bauer’s newspaper and commercial web market and later was in an advisory role for the company.
He was born in 1944, in Wurzburg, Germany. In 1959, Schmid began a lifelong career with Koenig & Bauer, the Germany-based printing press manufacturer. He moved to Chicago in 1971 with his wife, Hannelore Dettenbach, and daughter, Alexandra, as he continued his career with KBA North America. In 1980 he joined their sales department in Atlanta and traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Along the road of life, Heinz met many diverse and influential people and made lifelong friends with Americans and Europeans alike.
Michelle Lopez, manager of editorial operations for Tribune Publishing, has been named director of content for the Chicago Tribune.
Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems has announced the appointment of Matt Bennett as vice president, global strategy and business development for packaging.
Ronald “Ron” James Lewis, 83, manager of the former Belle Banner, Bland Courier and Maries County Gazette (Missouri), died Oct. 13 following a slow recovery from two heart surgeries.
Evening Post Industries, parent company to The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) and Free Times announced that Free Times Publisher Chase Heatherly has been promoted to the position of regional chief revenue officer for Evening Post’s Community Newspaper Group. The group includes news media operations in multiple South Carolina communities: Summerville, Mount Pleasant, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach and Kingstree.
Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa) President and Publisher Tom Schmitt announced his retirement, effective Nov. 6.
Dave Chandler, former managing director of The Bespoke Agency, died last month at his West Sussex (U.K.) home.
McClatchy has appointed Jeffrey Dorsey to senior vice president of transformation, reporting to Chairman and CEO Tony Hunter. In this new role, Dorsey will lead all aspects of the company's transformation efforts to accelerate progress to a digitally driven business model.
Hyperlocal chain Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas) announced the promotions of three to new executive roles within the organization. Claire Love is the company’s new chief information officer. Will Dahlstrom has been promoted from vice president of manufacturing to chief operating officer. Joe Warner has been promoted to the role of executive editor.
Paul Rivett and Jordan Bitove of NordStar Capital have announced that they will both be taking on senior roles within Torstar: Rivett will become the company’s new chair and Bitove will become the publisher of the Toronto Star. John Boynton, who is handing off his publishing role to Bitove, will continue in his role as president and CEO of Torstar.
Boston Globe Media announced the appointment of Peggy Byrd to the role of chief marketing officer, a newly envisioned position on the organization’s executive leadership team.
The IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) board has launched a search to find a successor to Executive Director Doug Haddix, who announced his resignation, effective in early January.