George Bausch Waters, 97, died July 2, according to an online obituary in the Rome Sentinel (New York), where Waters was a long-time publisher and president. Waters served as publisher from 1964 to 1993. He became president of the company after the 1969 death of his father-in-law, Bradley C. Barnard, and served in that role until May 2011.

Megan Schrader, an editorial writer for the Denver Post since 2016, has been named editorial page editor, overseeing all aspects of the daily opinion page and Sunday Perspective section.

Rachel Chazin, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) social media producer, has died at age 27.

Preston County News & Journal (West Virginia) has announced the retirement of general manager Carol Peters. Her last day was to be July 20.

The News Media Alliance mourns the loss of John Murray, News Media Alliance vice president of audience development. Murray was with the News Media Alliance for over 20 years. He specialized in helping members achieve increased audience growth and circulation through new and creative approaches. He was the face of the organization for many members, providing benchmarking data and sales trends and capturing success stories of innovative practices. He was the man behind the NAA Facts, Figures & Logic, Single Copy Snapshot and Circulation Analysis reports, the popular Audience Development Symposium held annually at the mediaXchange conference through 2017, and more recently, the Driving Digital Subscriptions report and the summer audience webinar series.

Frank Leto has been appointed publisher of The Joplin Globe (Missouri), replacing Mike Beatty, who recently resigned to become president of APG Media in Florida. Leto is currently publisher of The Daily Item in Sunbury and the Danville News in Pennsylvania, and he will also succeed Beatty as a regional publisher for CNHI newspapers in eastern Oklahoma.

Randy Wilson, the longtime managing editor of the Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff), has died. He was 65.

Alexander City Outlook (Alabama) editor Mitch Sneed has died at 57. Sneed passed away July 1 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Glenn Martin McNatt, a longtime Baltimore Sun editorial writer and arts columnist, has died of lung cancer. He was 69.

Los Angeles Times has named Scott Kraft 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.

Longtime Boston Herald photographer Arthur Pollock died at 68. Pollock made a mark on the Boston news landscape photographing thousands of news events, celebrities and athletes.

Catherine Stortz Ripley, who served as news editor of the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune (Missouri) for the last 26 years, has resigned her position effective July 3.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has promoted Janet Williams to credit manager in the business office.

Beth Buehler has been named vice president of operations, a new role for Hearst. The announcement was made by Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst chief operating officer Mark Aldam. Buehler began her new role on July 2 and will report to Aldam.

The Winston-Salem Journal said it has hired Fred Greer as director of audience development. Greer will be responsible for the sales, marketing and delivery of the print and digital products.

Joe Tarcia has been named the new editor of San Luis Obispo’s (California) daily newspaper.

Fran Wills has been named CEO of Local Media Consortium. The former VP and general manager of the Cox Media Group started at the local media consortium on July 16.

Elite Truong has been named deputy editor for strategic initiatives at The Washington Post.

The Poynter Institute announced that veteran journalist and college journalism director Barbara Allen would assume the position of managing editor effective July 16. Allen comes to Poynter from Oklahoma State University, where she is the director of student media. Before that, Allen was a writer and editor at Tulsa World.

The Poynter Institute announced that the Washington Post

homepage editor and former Asian American Journalists Association president Doris Truong has been hired as the organization’s first director of training and diversity. The role was created to grow Poynter teaching, both online and in-person.

Keven Zepezauer has been named president and publisher of the Wilson Times (North Carolina), expanding his leadership role at the 122-year-old, family-owned newspaper after a nearly two-year stint as general manager.

Eugene Kim, a broadcast writer and editor for the Associated Press who for 34 years wrote the AP’s well-known Today In History feature, has died. He was 61.

Peter CaJacob, former McClatchy vice president of human resources, has died. He was 74.

Victoria Advocate Editor Chris Cobler is adding the role of publisher to his responsibilities, the newspaper’s owners and board of directors announced. Cobler, 57, has been the editor of the Advocate since 2007.

Peter Andrich has taken over the management of KBA-Italia, in Lainate, near Milan. In his new position, he is responsible for sales, marketing and service for Koenig & Bauer’s web and sheetfed portfolio in the Italian market.

Keith Barlow, veteran publisher of the Milledgeville Union-Recorder (Georgia), has been appointed publisher of the Dalton Daily Citizen-News, effective immediately. Barlow succeeds William Bronson, who resigned recently. Barlow will continue to oversee the Union-Recorder as well as the Crossville Chronicle (Tennessee) in his role as a regional publisher for CNHI, the Montgomery, Alabama-based parent company of the papers.

Jeff Mutter, advertising director of the Daily Citizen-News, was promoted to general manager, and will oversee the day-today business operations of the paper.

Reno Gazette Journal Executive Editor Kelly Ann Scott has been named vice president of content at Alabama Media Group, effective next month. Scott will stay at the RGJ until early July. In the interim, Content Strategist Peggy Santoro and Consumer Experience Director James Ku will serve as co-interim editors. Editor Brian Duggan will continue to lead public service work Irene Gentle has been named editor of the Toronto Star.

Rex Maynor has been publisher at the Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama) since 2013. He will work in Branson, Missouri, as a publisher for Tri-Lakes Newspapers

The Los Angeles Times says veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine has been named its new executive editor. Pearlstine, a leader at Time, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, had been serving for two months as an adviser to Patrick Soon-Shiong, who spent $500 million to buy the Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Spanish-language newspaper Hoy and some community newspapers from Chicago-based Tronc.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has promoted Leanne Carpenter to circulation manager for the Brandermill distribution center, one of five delivery hubs for the newspaper. Carpenter started her career as an independent newspaper carrier for The Times-Dispatch before becoming a district supervisor, a position she has held since 2011.

Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died June 21 at 68. The cause was cancer of the small intestine, said his son, Daniel Krauthammer.

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

The regional publisher for 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 Floridian in northwest Florida.

Jennifer Chelwick has been named general manager of The Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror (Texas) and will oversee advertising, marketing and circulation sales. She has over 12 years of experience in the media industry, working for national brands such as E.W. Scripps, Gannett, and Cox Media Group.

Lloyd Thomas, longtime publisher, editor and reporter of the Westminster Herald (California), has died at 95.

Allan Taylor has been named editor for The Dominion Post (Morgantown, West Virginia).

Valencia County News-Bulletin (Belen, New Mexico) editor Clara Garcia has been promoted and named editor/publisher.

Kevin Davis, a former group publisher from southern California with more than 30 years of newspaper experience, has joined the Atascadero News and the Paso Robles Press as publisher.

Bill Nagel, a media executive who worked at Tribune Publishing and the Los Angeles Times, was named publisher and CEO of the San Francisco Chronicle. Nagel replaces Jeff Johnson, who in February was promoted to president of the newspaper division of Hearst, which owns the Chronicle.

Ronald A. Mayo, vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Lee Enterprises, has announced he is resigning and returning to Denver for family considerations. In Mayo's absence, Tim Millage, Lee corporate controller, has been appointed to serve as the company's acting principal financial and accounting officer.

Sam Gett has been named publisher of the Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) effective June 25. Gett, who is moving to the Mason City area, will replace Roy Biondi, who served as the publisher for the Globe Gazette and Courier since July 2016. Biondi will remain in Waterloo.

Marc Duvoisin has been named editor and vice president of the San Antonio Express-News. Duvoisin had been an editor at the Los Angeles Times from 2001 through 2017, the last five as managing editor. In that role, he oversaw all news gathering by the local, national, foreign, business and sports staffs, supervising the work of more than 400 journalists.

Richmond Times-Dispatch has named Bob Rayner editor of the editorial pages.

The Star Tribune (Minneapolis) has appointed Matt Perkins its new manager of partner and sponsor relations. Perkins will orchestrate activities across the organization’s growing portfolio of business partnerships to strengthen current relationships, attract new partners and develop new opportunities.

Mike Feeley has been named executive editor of The News Journal and Delaware Online (Wilmington, Delaware). Feeley, 52, was the senior director of content for PennLive and The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

New Virginian Pilot owners have named Marisa Porto the new executive editor. Less than three weeks after buying The Virginian-Pilot, tronc replaced the newspaper’s top editor with Porto, who also leads the Daily Press in Newport News.

McClatchy has named Tim Regan-Porter as new South region editor. The south regional newsrooms are in Macon and Columbus, Georgia, and Biloxi, Mississippi.

Eastman Kodak has tapped Eric-Yves Mahe to head its Consumer and Film Division. He also will continue in his role as president of the Software and Solutions Division. Mahe has been with Kodak since 2014.

Next-generation national news network Newsy has expanded its New York City-based sales and distribution team by hiring Ken Ripley as vice president of sales and appointing Stephen Strong as vice president of strategic partnerships.

Brian Priester, president of and the Detroit Free Press, has announced his retirement. Gannett Mid-West Region President Eddie Tyner said a national search to replace Priester will begin immediately. He expects a new leader to be in place prior to Priester's retirement, according to a statement.

Longtime Norfolk Daily News (Nebraska) Publisher Jerry Huse has died. He was 91. Huse served as publisher from 1956 to 2013. Along with ownership of the Daily News and radio stations WJAG, 106 Kix and Lite Rock 97.5, Huse was a civic leader in Norfolk, the paper says.

ADvendio has announced the appointment of Kathryn Lay-land as chief revenue officer. Layland will be responsible for worldwide sales and marketing efforts. Layland recently held senior executive positions in advertising management software companies in Europe and the United States, where she was responsible for global sales and marketing functions. ADvendio has offices in Germany, the U.S, Ireland and Chile.

Steven Sloan has joined The Associated Press as political editor.

Hearst Newspapers announced that Mark Medici has been named executive vice president and chief marketing officer, a new position. Medici previously served as vice president of audience and newspaper operations at Cox Media Group.

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