Cheryl Powell

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Has been named managing editor for news at the Akron Beacon Journal. Powell will continue to oversee Akron-based news reporters while assuming additional duties coordinating coverage with journalists in GateHouse Ohio’s Kent newsroom.

J.D. Creer

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Newspaper veteran J.D. Creer has been named the executive editor of the Salem News, Morning Journal and East Liverpool Review (Ohio). Tammie McIntosh, publisher of the three newspapers, made the announcement. In his new role, Creer will oversee editorial content for the publications serving Columbiana County.

Roger Tollefson

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Star-Herald Publisher Roger Tollefson, 56, died unexpectedly at his home on March 6. Tollefson was promoted recently from general manager to publisher. He had been a Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Nebraska) team member since 1991. In addition to the publisher and general manager duties, Tollefson served as production manager, sales leader and circulation manager through the years.

Aminda Marques Gonzalez

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Aminda Marques Gonzalez, executive editor of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, will expand her leadership role with the Miami Herald Media Company as its editor and publisher, the news organization’s parent company, McClatchy, announced. Alexandra Villoch, current president and publisher and also publisher for McClatchy’s East Region, is stepping down to take on a new role as chief executive officer for the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation

Sara Glines

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McClatchy also named Sara Glines as regional publisher of the company’s Carolinas and East regions, which is composed of seven local media outlets.

James S. Gold & Jim Rotche

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Sentinel Colorado announced new leadership roles as part of its commitment to enhancing its regional news coverage. Sentinel publisher James S. Gold is now president of Sentinel Colorado Media, owner of the Sentinel. He will focus on new product development and strategic media partnerships. Jim Rotche, advertising director of the Rockford Register Star and Freeport Journal-Standard, will assume additional duties as general manager of the two properties.

Wayne Carter Jr.

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Has been named editor of The Aegis and The Record newspapers (Maryland). Carter was most recently editor of the Carroll County Times, a sister paper to The Aegis and The Record, all owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group.

Matt Chandler

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Has been named AP news director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Corey Elliott

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Has been promoted to the new role of executive vice president of Local Market Intelligence at Borrell Associates in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Mike Gulledge

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The University of Montana has hired former Missoulian publisher and Lee Enterprises regional vice president Mike Gulledge as a consultant. Gulledge is on contract with UM this year from Jan. 28 through June 30. Gulledge will support the School of Journalism, help UM with media relations and communications, and assist the flagship with building "collaborative relationships around the state," according to the agreement.

Scott Stanford

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Ogden Newspapers has named him  president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers (Indiana). Stanford will replace former CEO Michael Christman, who is now Ogden's regional publisher, based in Wheeling, West Virginia. Stanford is the former publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World, an Ogden-owned newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas.

Ron Belyea

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Dream Local Digital has created a leadership position for a chief revenue officer and hired Ron Belyea, former digital director of the Sarasota Herald Tribune (Florida) and VP and COO of VillageSoup Media in Rockland, Maine.

LEAP Media Solutions and BlueVenn

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LEAP Media Solutions and BlueVenn announced a series of promotions and additions to its executive management team. Robin Footdale has joined the company in the role of senior customer success manager. Julie Parker has been promoted to senior customer success manager.  Robin Footdale, Julie Parker and Stephen Ratkovich will report to Kirsten DiChiappari, who has been promoted to oversee all LEAP and BlueVenn accounts as U.S. director of customer success. Wendy Reeves has been appointed to the newly created position of director of marketing.  

Jennifer Allen

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Has been promoted to publisher for GateHouse Media’s East Arkansas Region. GateHouse Media’s East Arkansas group includes the Hot Springs Village Voice, Pine Bluff Commercial, White Hall Journal, Stuttgart Daily Leader, the Helena Daily World, Newport Independent and Bastrop Enterprise.

Peter Prengaman

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Has been appointed to lead The Associated Press’s West Region. As West news director based in Phoenix, Prengaman will oversee a team of text, photo and video journalists responsible for general news, politics and enterprise in 13 western states.

Michael McCleery

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He, the general manager and advertising director of the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset (Kentucky), has been appointed publisher of the newspaper. McCleery will continue to serve as advertising director for the newspaper, as he takes on the new role.

Chad Lawhorn

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The Lawrence-Journal World has announced that editor Chad Lawhorn has been named publisher of the newspaper. Ogden Newspapers of Kansas, the paper's owner, said that Lawhorn will also continue to serve as editor.

Laura Benedict Sileo

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Has been named executive editor for The Daily Times and Delmarva Now (Salisbury, Maryland).  

Eugene Jackson

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Was named general manager and director of advertising at The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois).

Michael Christman

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Ogden Newspapers has named Scott Stanford president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers (Indiana). Stanford will replace former CEO Michael Christman, who is now Ogden's regional publisher, based in Wheeling, West Virginia. Stanford is the former publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World, an Ogden-owned newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas.

Garth Stapley

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Has been named editorial page editor for The Modesto Bee. He replaces Mike Dunbar, who retired after 31 years with The Bee.

Nick Cafardo

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A longtime baseball writer for The Boston Globe, has died. He was 62. Cafardo covered the Boston Red Sox as a columnist and beat reporter for the Globe and The Patriot Ledger.

Eric J. Myers

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Has been named president of Belo Media Group, which handles advertising and marketing services for the media properties owned by A. H. Belo Corporation, including The Dallas Morning News and digital marketing firm Belo + Company. Myers most recently was with Cox Media Group, where he headed up advertising for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Jan Kasten

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Managing director and CTO of ppi Media, will leave the company effective Feb 28. The two shareholders, Hauke Berndt and Manuel Scheyda will remain as managing director

John Ferraro

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Investigative editor at the Hartford Courant, will join Hearst Connecticut March 4 as managing editor for enterprise and investigative reporting.

Pam Henson

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Has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Chicago Sun-Times and Answers Media, Sun-Times Media’s full-service video- and web-production company. 

John Robinson Block

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Publisher and editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has named Keith Burris as its executive editor. Burris will retain his current job as editorial director of the Post-Gazette and its sister publication, the Toledo Blade, a role in which he oversees the opinion pages of both newspapers.

Eva Kilgore

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Longtime Orange County Register columnist Eva Kilgore has died at 67.

John W. Stevenson

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Randolph Leader (Alabama) Publisher and Editor John W. Stevenson, 70, passed away Feb. 14. John was only the third editor of the newspaper, which was founded by his grandfather, Olin Hampton Stevenson, in 1892.  

Patrick Malee

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Assistant editor of the West Linn Tidings and Wilsonville Spokesman (Oregon), has been named editor of the Lake Oswego Review. Malee will replace Gary M. Stein, who announced last week that he has accepted an offer from the Oregon State Bar to be the editor of its monthly magazine, The Bulletin.

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