. Joel Patenaude

The Janesville Gazette (Wisconsin) announced the retirement of Sid Schwartz, regional editor, and the departure of Ann Fiore, managing editor. Joel Patenaude has been named managing editor for the newspaper.

An early June issue of The New Prague Times (Minnesota) is the last one Dennis Lambrecht will be involved in. After more than half a century in the newspaper and printing business, Dennis Lambrecht is retiring. His last day with Suel Printing is June 4.

Norman Eady

Has been named publisher of the Creston Valley Advance (Creston, B.C., Canada)

Scott C. Schurz Sr.

Former chairman of Hoosier Times, died May 28. Schurz was 85.

John L. Burns

He, a retired newspaper executive, passed away on May 25. Burns was 85. Burns had a 40-year career in the newspaper industry, helping lead the introduction and expansion of computer tech at The Times Union in Albany and The Morning Call in Allentown (Pennsylvania).

John Celestino

Has been appointed publisher of the North of Boston Media Group of eight newspapers.

Robert Brown 

Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications announced Robert Brown as its inaugural director of diversity, equity, inclusion and outreach this fall. Brown currently serves as director of social justice education at Northwestern University.

Randy Rickman

Has been appointed regional president of Adams Publishing Group’s Northern Wisconsin region. Rickman is the publisher of the Leader-Telegram and Leader Printing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Kirk Davis

Has been named the new CEO of Metro Corp. Publishing, based in Philadelphia. He replaces Nick Fischer, who served as interim CEO since David Lipson, whose family has owned the company since 1946, stepped down from that role last year. Previously Davis was CEO of GateHouse Media in 2014. Prior to joining GateHouse, Kirk was CEO of Enterprise News Media (Quincy, Massachusetts).

Doug McAvoy

Has been appointed publisher of The Goshen News (Indiana). McAvoy replaces Tricia Johnston, who was recently named West Virginia publisher of three newspapers for CNHI, the parent company of The Goshen News.

Aaron Julien

Newspapers of New England has announced a series of leadership changes.

Current NNE president and CEO Aaron Julien will move into the role of chairman. He replaces longtime NNE chairman John Kuhns, who is retiring. Chuck Goodrich will assume Julien’s role.

Dan McClory

Is being promoted from chief financial officer to chief operating officer of NNE. McClory will maintain his role as publisher of the Valley News (Lebanon, New Hampshire). Leadership changes will be effective on June 1.

Mark Elliott

Has been named a group publisher for Paxton Media Group newspapers (Paducah, Kentucky). He also will serve as publisher of The Conway Log Cabin Democrat (Arkansas) and The Daily Citizen (Searcy, Arkansas). He replaces Frank Leto.

Sally Buzbee

Has been named new executive editor of The Washington Post. Buzbee, who has been the senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press since early 2017, is scheduled to start June 1.Buzbee succeeds Marty Baron, who left The Post at the end of February 2021.

Jim Klobuchar

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A longtime Star Tribune columnist, has died at 93. The father of Sen. Amy Klobuchar spent more than four decades in journalism. 

Clint Wolf

Adams Publishing Group (APG) has named Clint Wolf editor of the Beloit Daily News.

Alexa Wilson

Lee Enterprises has selected Alexa Wilson to be vice president – brand and strategic marketing. Wilson is the owner and founding partner of AWE Marketing Advisory.

Timothy M. Kelly

Who oversaw work at several papers including the Lexington Herald-Leader, has died. Kelly, 73, had been diagnosed with cancer.

Bill Hartman

The longtime owner of the Fort Bend Herald (Rosenberg, Texas), has died. He was 79.

Gary Blakeley

CEO of PAGE Cooperative, has been named to the International Newspaper Group board.

Tom Januszewski

The Associated Press has appointed Tom Januszewski to head the news agency’s business development initiatives globally. Januszewski will be responsible for driving revenue growth, building out content and service lines, introducing new revenue channels and leading a team focused on new markets.

Harold "Hal" Marion Jr.

Longtime Times-Shamrock Communications executive Harold "Hal" Marion Jr. has died. He was 80. Marion served as the general manager of The Times-Tribune in Scranton for 16 years, then became Times-Shamrock Communications' COO. He was managing director of the company's creative services business before retiring in 2017.

Kevin Merida

Has been named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times.

Jessica Sweeney

Has joined The Salt Lake Tribune as development director. The Tribune is the first major metro news organization to become a nonprofit.

John Boynton

Torstar President and CEO John Boynton is moving to the role of vice chair, NordStar Capital, the holding company for Torstar, and president, digital, NordStar.

Tillie Flynn / Danielle Jester

Has retired as general manager for theLake County Examiner. Danielle Jester will become the new general manager, effective May 1.

Lorenzo DeMarchi

Chief investment officer of Torstar, has been appointed CEO of Torstar on an interim basis.

Anne Marie Owens

Has been named editor of the Toronto Star.

Pary Bell

Senior vice president of commercial products and sales operations, Torstar, is the new president of Eyereturn Marketing, a provider of digital marketing solutions.

Ian Oliver,

President of Metroland and executive vice president, Torstar, will become CEO and co-owner of a new group of companies that will initially consist of Metroland Parcel Services and will focus on growth of related e-commerce businesses.

Becky Bowers

Wall Street Journal strategy editor Becky Bowers has been hired by the Philadelphia Inquirer as director of product. Bowers will start at the end of April.