David Adams has been named general manager and vice president of sales of Courier Communications. Adams succeeds Roy Biondi, who left the company in November. Prior to joining The Courier, Adams was a regional president and vice president of sales for GateHouse Media’s Illinois Communities.
The Philadelphia Inquirer announced that Lisa Hughes, a member of the company's board and former publisher of The New Yorker, will take over as publisher on Feb. 3. Hughes will replace publisher and chief executive officer Terrance C.Z. Egger after he retires.
Guardian Media Group announced that Annette Thomas has been appointed as its new chief executive by the GMG board.
John Kerr, the Arizona Daily Star’s vice president of advertising, has been named vice president of advertising for Amplified Connect, a new division of Lee Enterprises. Lee is the Daily Star’s parent company and partners with Gannett in the paper’s business operation. Kerr, who will maintain his Daily Star responsibilities and continue to be Tucson-based, is part of a five-person Amplified Connect team dedicated to supporting revenue growth and audience engagement through contests, promotions and events across Lee’s 50 U.S. markets.
Jaime Reynolds has joined Lee Enterprises Central Illinois (Bloomington) as regional advertising director. In her new role, Reynolds will oversee advertising at The Pantagraph, The Herald & Review in Decatur, Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon and Woodford County Journal in Eureka.
Hal Hildreth Tanner Jr., former publisher of the Goldsboro News-Argus (North Carolina), died Jan. 10, at age 77.
Local Media Association announced the appointment of seven new directors to its board, while Local Media Foundation announced two new board director appointments.
New Local Media Association board members: Amber Aldrich, senior advertising director, The Seattle Times; P.J. Browning, president and publisher, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.; Mick Cohen, senior vice president, consumer sales, Hearst Newspapers; Todd Handy, chief digital officer, Beasley Media Group; Sonny Messiah Jiles, chief executive officer, Defender Media Group; Jake Volcsko, vice president of data and digital operations, Connecticut Public and Janis Ware, publisher, The Atlanta Voice. The new Local Media Foundation board members are Mariah Craddick, product manager, McClatchy, and Jason Murray, director of audience and visuals, syracuse.com
Terry Jamerson is retiring as publisher of The Roanoke Times and as a regional vice president of BH Media Group.
Andy Corty, vice president of Times Publishing and president of Florida Trend, a business magazine published by the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times, has retired
Patricia Richardson has been named to the newly created position of associate publisher/vice president of strategy and revenue at the Times Union (Albany, New York). The announcement was made by Times Union Publisher George R. Hearst III.
John S. Durso has died at age 82. Durso started his newspaper career as a printer apprentice at the Cincinnati Post. He continued his career at The Fort Lauderdale News. He rose to the position of production director before leaving to join the supplier side in 1977, touching hundreds of projects during his time with Hall Processing Systems, NPS and TMSI.
Forrest Palmer, a former editor and publisher of The News-Times (Danbury, Connecticut) and a World War II veteran, has died at 95.
Madison Graham Allen has been named the publisher for The Covington News (Georgia), owner Patrick Graham announced. Allen, the oldest daughter of Graham, served in retail advertising sales at Graham’s Monroe newspaper for more than two years, spending time as both an advertising sales consultant and the paper’s advertising director.
Philip E. Swift, the founder of Swift Newspapers, has died at 102.
Dennis DeRossett has been named executive director of the Nebraska Press Association. DeRossett succeeds Allen Beermann, a former Nebraska secretary of State.
Thomas A. Silvestri, who has been at the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 37 years, including the last 15 years as president and publisher, announced his retirement. Silvestri will stay on until Dec. 31. Effective immediately, Paul Farrell becomes the newspaper’s publisher. Farrell most recently served as vice president of sales for Lee Enterprises.
Chris Argentieri has been named president of California Times, which includes the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune. He will keep the title of COO, which he's held since 2018. Jeff Crawford has been named CFO of California Times.
Cliff Chandler has been named publisher of The Bakersfield Californian. Chandler’s role will include oversight of The Californian, Tehachapi News, The Record, Kern Business Journal, The Bakersfield Voice, Bakersfield Life and affiliated websites. Chandler was promoted from the position of general manager, a role he had held since the July purchase of The Californian by Sound News Media.
The following members of senior leadership will report to Bascobert: Kris Barton, chief product officer; Alison Engel, chief financial officer: Jay Fogarty, SVP, corporate development; Kevin Gentzel, chief revenue officer; Samantha Howland, chief people officer; Adam Reinbach, CEO and president, BridgeTower Media; Polly Grunfeld Sack, general counsel; Bill Scanlon, interim head of UpCurve; Bernie Szachara, president, U.S. publishing operations; Jason Taylor, president, events and promotions; Maribel Wadsworth, president, news and publisher, USA Today; Henry Faure Walker, CEO, Newsquest Media Group; chief marketing officer, position to be filled, includes ownership of consumer marketing, led by Denise Robbins.
Paul Bascobert will serve as CEO of the operating company, Gannett Media.
Gannett has announced senior leadership for the newly merged Gannett-GateHouse company. As previously announced, Michael Reed will remain chairman of the board and CEO of the public company. Alison Engel will serve as chief financial officer of the public company, Gannett Co., Inc., and operating company, Gannett Media Corp.
Paxton Media Group announced that Jamie Paxton has been named president and CEO effective Jan. 1. He succeeds David Paxton, who had held the position for 20 years. David Paxton will remain with the company as chairman. Jamie Paxton has also been elected to the board of directors of PMG.