tronc, Inc. has appointed Marisa Kollias as vice president of corporate communications. Kollias will be based in Chicago and report directly to tronc CEO, Justin Dearborn.MORE
McClatchy has appointed Anjali Joshi to its board of directors, effective July 31.MORE
Denise Robbins brings 20 years of success in developing multichannel marketing, strategic partnership and innovative consumer revenue programs to her new role with GateHouse Media. She will be responsible for GateHouse Media's consumer marketing strategy and revenue growth.MORE
Matthew W. Barzun, former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, has been appointed to the board of directors of Gannett Co., Inc. His appointment expands Gannett's Board to 11 members.MORE
Charles G. Lee, an accomplished newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher and advertising director of The Lebanon (Ind.) Reporter and the Zionsville Times-Sentinel.
Lee said he's looking forward to working closely with the residents and businesses of the Lebanon and Zionsville communities.
"This is a great time to be in the community newspaper business," he said. "Our role as a reliable source of local news and information in print and online has never been more important."MORE
Pam Mitchell, CAE, the long-term executive director of the Louisiana Press Association, has retired.MORE
Harry Porter, a 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, has been named the new general manager of The Sentinel-Record, a morning daily newspaper in Hot Springs, Ark.MORE
Matt Leclercq has been named as the new executive editor of The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer.MORE
Kevin Denny, vice president and general manager of Advance Central Services Southeast, has been named to the SNPA Board of Directors.
He succeeds Ricky R. Mathews, who stepped down from the board after retiring as president and publisher of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La.MORE
John Frampton McGee, 94, died on June 23 after a short period of declining health. Born in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 9, 1923, he was the son of Hall Thomas McGee and Gertrude Wyman Frampton McGee, and a former SNPA board member. He was the father-in-law of former SNPA President Bern Mebane.MORE
McClatchy has announced a new regional structure for news and named Robyn Tomlin and Lauren Gustus as regional editors. Tomlin, currently managing editor at The Dallas Morning News, will be based in Raleigh, N.C., and will be responsible for the seven McClatchy newsrooms in the Carolinas. Gustus, currently executive editor of McClatchy's Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas, will be based in Sacramento and will be responsible for McClatchy's five California newsrooms plus The Idaho Statesman in Boise. They will begin in their new roles in February.More
Lisa Chappell, a veteran Texas newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Cleburne Times Review. She replaces Kay Helms, who recently retired.More
H. Brandt Ayers, former publisher of The Anniston Star, resigned his role as chairman of the board of directors of the company that owns the newspaper last Thursday, after a series of allegations against him.
"It is of utmost importance to me that this newspaper continue to serve its role of reporting on matters of concern to the Anniston community and that nothing stand in the way of preserving the newspaper as an independently owned publication serving this community," Ayers wrote. "I feel my resignation at this time is in the best interests of the paper and its mission."
Ayers, known nationwide as one of the few Southern newspapermen who openly supported racial integration in the 1960s, fell from public grace this week after a former reporter, Veronica Pike Kennedy, accused him of spanking her, against her will, in The Star's newsroom in the 1970s. Other women, who have asked that their names not be used, told The Star similar stories of spankings.More