Lee Enterprises announced that Quad-City Times Advertising Director Janet Johnson has been named publisher of Globe-Gazette in Mason City, Iowa; the Summit-Tribune in Forest City and Britt, Iowa; and the Mitchell County Courier in Osage, Iowa.
David Starr, Advance Publications newspaper group’s longest-serving news executive, has died. He was 96.
The Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska) announced the appointment of Marie Silferto the team as the regional retail advertising manager. Silfer has two decades of advertising experience in print and digital media. Silfer was most recently the local advertising manager at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the McClatchy Company.
Journal Star executive editor Dennis Anderson has been named GateHouse Media’s Illinois state editor. He is one of 13 state editors across the country named as part of a project to reorganize and refocus newsroom efforts to better serve readers.
Steve Dunleavy, New York Post crime reporter, editor and columnist, died June 23 at his home on Long Island. He was 81. “Steve Dunleavy was one of the greatest reporters of all time,” Rupert Murdoch, Post owner, told the Post.
Investigative journalist Mark Horvit is joining the board of directors of the Institute for Nonprofit News, along with three member representatives elected to the board. Horvit is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Newspaper publisher Sammy Lopez has been named executive director of the New Mexico Press Association. Lopez was most recently publisher of the Farmington Daily Times.
Michael Tackett has joined The Associated Press as deputy bureau chief in Washington, overseeing White House, Congress and politics teams. Tackett comes to AP from The New York Times.
Sally Stapleton has taken a position as global religion editor for The Associated Press, directing a new team that will report on faith around the world. Stapleton’s team is funded by a $4.9 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to the Religious News Foundation. The AP is working with Religion News Service and The Conversation to expand religion news reporting in the U.S. and around the world.
David Crawshaw of The Wall Street Journal will join The Washington Post to become an Asia-based news editor, based in Hong Kong.
Barry Lewis, editor for the Times Herald-Record (Middletown, New York), has left his post after 20 years at the newspaper.
Paul Pronovost, executive editor of the Cape Cod Times (Massachusetts), has been promoted to general manager of Cape Cod Media Group.
Pam Sander, regional editor for GateHouse Media’s Coastal North Carolina Group, has been named editor of the company’s publications in the eight-state Southeast region. Sander will now lead newsrooms in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia.
Record Editor Don Blount has been named GateHouse Media’s California state editor. Blount has been editor of The Record since 2017, and previously served as managing editor.
Phil Hensley has been named vice president of circulation for Lakeway Publishers and circulation director for the Citizen Tribune (Morristown, Tennessee). Hensley comes to the Tribune after 37 years at the Johnson City Press and a nine-month stint at the Opelika-Auburn News in Alabama.
Evelyn Connatser Sandlin, advertising director for The Daily Times (Maryville, Tennessee), planned to retire July 1, after 20 years.
Kendra Majors has been named publisher and editor of The Andalusia Star-News (Alabama) and its associated media products. Majors returns to Andalusia from Brew
ton, where she most recently was publisher of The Brew-ton Standard.
McClatchy named Mandy Jenkins as general manager of The Compass Experiment. The Compass Experiment was announced this year by McClatchy in partnership with the Google News Initiative. The Compass Experiment aims to develop new, sustainable business models for local news and information in three U.S. communities that have limited sources of local, independent journalism.
Columbus Dispatch statehouse reporter Jim Siegel has died at age 46.
Eric Strachan has been named editor of Naples Florida Weekly. He replaces Robbie Spencer, who has moved to Minnesota to pursue new career opportunities.
Dallas Morning News photo editor Guy Reynolds has died at 62.
Jill Doss-Raines has been named managing editor of The Dispatch, (Lexington, North Carolina), responsible for the daily operation of the newsroom. The move comes as The Dispatch’s executive editor, Scott Jenkins, becomes the regional executive editor, overseeing the papers in Burlington and Lexington.
Rob Galloway has been named general manager of the Swift Communications Sierra Nevada Media Group The Lahontan Valley News in Fallon.
Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina) Executive Editor Rich Jackson is leaving North Carolina to take a new position in Indiana. Jackson will become executive editor for the Bloomington Herald-Times. He also will be involved in 10 other newspapers in the area.
Former Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina) publisher George Fain Jr.,the last in a line of family members to oversee the newspaper business, has died. He was 74.
During the 71st WAN-IFRA’s annual Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, Fernando de Yarza Lopez-Madrazo, president of Henneo in Spain, was elected president of WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers.
Le Anne Schreiber, who became the first woman to run a major American daily newspaper’s sports section when The New York Times appointed her to that position in 1978, has died. She was 73.
Teresa Ressel has been named the editor of the Daily Journal (Park Hills, Missouri). Ressel, a Cape Girardeau native, has served as the newspaper’s assistant managing editor since 2013.
Doug Phares has left his role as CEO of the Sandusky News Group (Ohio). Last year, the group made the decision to reduce the number of papers it owns. The smaller footprint doesn’t require the same level of corporate leadership. Phares plans to continue to manage his family’s businesses, Silverwind Enterprises and Tierra Verde Watersports, in Florida. He plans to expand the management services offered by Silverwind, including to others in the media industry.
Phares will fulfill his term as the president of the Inland Press Association, which runs through October.
John E. Cash, acting general manager of The Greeneville Sun (Tennessee) and chief revenue officer for Adams Publishing Group’s Tennessee/North Carolina/Virginia region, has announced his retirement, effective July 31.
Family-owned Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, announced the hiring of GateHouse Media executive Paul W. Mauney to succeed Cash. Mauney is regional publisher of three GateHouse-owned North Carolina daily newspapers: The Times-News of Burlington, The Dispatch of Lexington and The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro. Todd Benz has been named group publisher for the three papers.
Robert J. Herguth, who worked as a reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Chicago Daily News and the Sun-Times, has died at 93.
Michael Ellis Langley resigned as executive editor of The Tracy Press (California). Langley said he was leaving the weekly paper serving Tracy and Mountain House to join the staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore.
Barry Henderson, a former editorial page editor for the Knoxville Journal (Tennessee), which ceased operation in 1991, and the Knoxville weekly Metro Pulse, which ceased publication in 2014, has died at 78.
Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote acclaimed nonfiction books that explored the Confederate cultural legacy in the South, the voyages of Capt. James Cook, and the author’s own comical and sometimes harrowing journeys around the world, died May 27 in Washington. He was 60.
McClatchy has named Kristin Roberts vice president of news. She will lead a newly expanded News group that comprises the company’s 30 newsrooms across 14 states, news operations and McClatchy Studios, the company’s long-form audio and video documentary production unit.
She is the first woman to lead News in the 162-year history of the company.
Dean Albert Neitz, founder of The Anaconda Leader (Montana), died at his home in Philipsburg at age 90.
Barry Lewis, executive editor of the Times Herald-Record (Alliance, Nebraska), announced his resignation. Lewis has been with the newspaper for 20 years.
Gregory Mathis, editor-in-chief of GateHouse Media New England’s South Shore newspapers and Wicked Local websites for the past nine years, has been named regional editor-in-chief of The Patriot Ledger and the Wicked Local (Massachusetts) papers and websites on the South Shore. He succeeds Ken Johnson, who retired after 38 years with the Ledger. City editor Linda Shepherdretired on May 10 after 29 years with the paper.
Ames Tribune (Iowa) Publisher Scott Anderson announced that he will be stepping down from his position to pursue other opportunities. Anderson said his last day at the Tribune was set for June 7.
Hearst Corp. executive Mike DeLuca has been named president and group publisher of Hearst Connecticut Media Group. DeLuca will have oversight of the company's eight daily newspapers in the state, including the Connecticut Post and New Haven Register, as well as 14 weekly newspapers and four magazines. DeLuca previously was executive vice president of ad sales for Hearst Newspapers. He also will continue to lead LocalEdge, a unit of Hearst Media Services that provides marketing leads to businesses.
Scott Blonde has been named publisher of the Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) and the Daily Herald (Provo, Utah). Both newspapers are owned by Ogden newspapers. Blonde came to Utah from another Ogden Newspapers property, Cape Coral, Florida-based Breeze Newspapers, and replaces Rhett Long, who is retiring.
BH Media Group, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, named Rich Macke as the publisher of the Star-Herald, Gering Courier and Hemingford Ledger. His office will be in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Macke replaces Roger Tollefson,who died March 6.
Gary Miles has been named editor and publisher of The Detroit News. Miles joined The News in 2000 and became managing editor in 2013. He replaced Jon Wolman and who died of cancer in April.
Michael Moses has been named publisher and chief revenue officer of Newspapers of New England’s Massachusetts operations, which include the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder, Athol Daily News, Amherst Bulletin and the Valley Advocate.