Cox Media Group announced that Kim Guthrie, president and CEO, has decided to move on from the organization after a 22-plus year career with the company. Steve Pruett, executive chairman of Cox Media Group, will serve as the interim chief executive officer until a permanent CEO is appointed soon.

Lee Enterprises has named Chris White publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal. White, who currently oversees a group of Lee newspapers in Illinois, Indiana, New York and Wisconsin, including the State Journal, took over for Tom Wiley, who was named publisher of The Buffalo (New York) News, succeeding Warren T. Colville.

Elizabeth Ellis, the longtime publisher of the Journal Inquirer (Manchester, Connecticut), has died at the age of 92.

Amy Lindsey has been named publisher at AZ Big Media.

H. Brandt “Brandy” Ayers, former publisher of The Anniston Star (Alabama), has died. He was 85.

Exactus has appointed former Tribune Broadcast Media president Larry Wert to its board. Wert joins the Florida-based company as it seeks to become a top player in the global hemp industry with its CBD and CBG products. Exactus is a producer of hemp-derived ingredients.

Tom Silvestri, most recently president and publisher of the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch, will be the executive director of the Relevance Project, the joint effort of newspaper trade groups to strengthen the industry’s unique role as the provider of quality journalism and the keeper of public forums for thousands of communities across the continent.

Fran Reilly has been appointed executive director of the News Leaders Association. NLA supports and develops leaders of newsrooms dedicated to independent, fact-based journalism.

Ray Prince, a 61-year printing industry veteran, consultant, and advisor, died on May 1. He was 76. Along with holding a number of industry jobs, he served as a vice president of the National Association for Printing Leadership.

Philip Austin Berkebile Sr. died on May 1. He was 83. Berkebile retired as executive vice president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association in 2004 after serving 22 years. He was executive director of the Nebraska Press Association in Lincoln from 1973 to 1985.

The former publisher of the Eugene Register-Guard has been named the top executive of the Albany Democrat-Herald and the Corvallis Gazette-Times. Shanna S. Cannon will serve as Lee Enterprises’ Northwest regional publisher, overseeing digital and print operations for the Corvallis and Albany papers as well as The Daily News in Longview, Washington, and associated publications including two mid-valley weeklies, the Philomath Express and Lebanon Express. Jeff Precourt, former publisher of the mid-valley papers, and David Thorn-berry, the former Longview publisher, are no longer with the company, Lee announced.

Longtime Hartford Courant reporter Josh Kovner has died of cardiac arrest. He was 61.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch announced that Donna Bischoff has been named its general manager and Lee Enterprises’ vice president of sales for St. Louis. Bischoff succeeds Ian Caso, who was named president and publisher in February.

Mark Daniel has been promoted to general manager at The Sentinel (Hanford, California), while Parker Bowman has been named managing editor.

The World-Herald (Omaha) has announced that Julie Bechtel, formerly executive vice president of BH Media Group, has been named publisher. Current publisher Todd Sears becomes World-Herald general manager.

Veteran journalist Steve Bruss has been named executive editor for Gannett's Upstate newsrooms (South Carolina), overseeing The Greenville News, Spartanburg Herald Journal and Anderson Independent Mail.

Jewell Walston, a former Citizen Times sports editor, is returning to Asheville to lead the newsroom as executive editor.

Richard S. Holden, who retired in 2014 after 22 years as executive director of the Dow Jones News Fund and 19 years as an editor of The Wall Street Journal, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 70.

Almar Latour has been named chief executive and publisher of Dow Jones. Latour assumes his new position on May 15. Latour has spent decades at The Journal and Dow Jones in various roles, from news assistant and staff reporter to bureau chief and managing editor. He is currently an executive vice president of Dow Jones and the publisher for Barron’s Group. He succeeds William Lewis, who announced he was leaving the roles he held since 2014.

Earl Graves Sr., founder and publisher of Black Enterprise magazine, has died. He was 85.

Paul Taylor, senior vice president of Hearst and president, chief executive officer and group head of Fitch Group, has been elected to Hearst’s board of directors.

A. H. Belo Corporation announced that Katy Murray, the company’s senior vice president and CFO, has been promoted to executive vice president. Murray continues in the role of CFO.

Florida Times-Union Editor Mary Kelli Palka has been named the paper’s market leader after Group Publisher Bill Offill announced his departure. Offill is resigning effective May 5.

Gannett said Douglas E. Horne has been appointed as CFO. He replaces Alison “Ali” Engel, who stepped down at the end of the first quarter.

Neil Vogel, CEO of Dotdash, will join The Philadelphia Inquirer’s board. Vogel fills the board position previously held by Terry Egger, who retired this year.

Rex Maynor has been named publisher of The Natchez Democrat (Mississippi), Natchez The Magazine, The Brookhaven Daily Leader, Brookhaven Magazine, the Prentiss Headlight and related digital and print products.

Tracey DeAngelo has been named vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ralf Sammeck has been appointed CDO for Koenig & Bauer. His duties also include COO and CFO for the company.

Michael Ulverich has been appointed chief operating officer of the Koenig & Bauer management board.

Allan Malachuk, 79, former president and CEO of the predecessor company of Koenig & Bauer (US), Planeta North America, died April 19. He remained as president and CEO until his retirement in 2002.

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