Publisher Rex Maynor leaves OA News to pursue opportunity in Missouri 6/19/18

Opelika-Auburn News Publisher Rex Maynor has left the Alabama community to accept a position in Branson, Mo., where he will oversee operations for a group of community newspapers.

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New Pilot owner taps Marisa Porto as new executive editor 6/18/18

By Elisha Sauers, The Virginian-Pilot

Less than three weeks after buying The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.), media giant Tronc replaced the newspaper's top editor with Marisa Porto, who also leads the Daily Press in Newport News.

Tronc executives made the announcement during a meeting in The Pilot's newsroom. Porto takes over for Steve Gunn, who held the position for three years.

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Keith Barlow named Dalton Daily Citizen-News publisher 6/18/18

Keith Barlow, veteran publisher of The Milledgeville (Ga.) Union-Recorder, has been appointed publisher of the Dalton (Ga.) Daily Citizen-News.

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Smith Communications adds new sales director 6/12/18

Newspaper veteran Matt Plocha has been named director of sales of Smith Communications Inc. based in Georgia's Lake Country.

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Telegraph executive editor announces her retirement 6/12/18

After 17 years as executive editor of The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., Sherrie Marshall announced her retirement.

Dimon Kendrick-Holmes, executive editor of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, will serve as the interim Georgia editor responsible for both newsrooms.

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McClatchy promotes Ross McDuffie 6/12/18

The McClatchy Co. has promoted Columbus native Ross McDuffie to general manager/vice president of advertising for Georgia, overseeing operations at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and The Telegraph in Macon.

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Clark named GM of Athens Banner-Herald, OnlineAthens 6/12/18

Kevin A. Clark has been promoted to general manager of Online Athens and the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. The announcement was made by GateHouse Media Georgia Group Publisher Michael Traynor.

Traynor also announced the promotion of Tina Laseter to director of sales and marketing. In this role, Laseter takes over daily supervision of the sales team and will work with them on creating more nuanced and advanced proposals to help clients.

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Oklahoma native named publisher of Tulsa World 6/12/18

Gloria Fletcher, a native Oklahoman who was president of Sound Publishing Inc. in Everett, Wash., has been named president and publisher of the Tulsa World.

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Steven Sloan named political editor of AP 6/12/18

Steven Sloan has joined The Associated Press as political editor.

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The State's new publisher, a child of the South, is ready to serve Columbia, S.C. 6/12/18

By Rodney Mahone, president and publisher, The State, Columbia, S.C.

When I was introduced as the new president and publisher of The State and four other McClatchy Co. newspapers in South Carolina and North Carolina, some were wondering, "Who is this guy, and what might we expect?"

At the heart of the answer is this: I'm a child of the South, raised with the values of family, faith and service. I'm a man of the South, who has lived and raised his children in the goodness of this region. And, yes, as an African-American man of the South, I know the darkness that is part of our story.

I'm also an Army brat, who moved every two years until eighth grade, learning new places, new cultures and new countries, making new friends, and seeking to become part of new communities over and over.

Those experiences, this upbringing and its challenges and opportunities have shaped me and inform what you can expect from me as publisher of this esteemed institution.

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