Patrick Dorsey, regional vice president for the Coastal Group of GateHouse Media, and publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Fla., has been named president of SNPA, effective immediately.
He was appointed by the SNPA Executive Committee to succeed Les Simpson, who stepped down after leaving the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News. Simpson plans to stay in Amarillo and work outside the newspaper industry.MORE
Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal Publisher Brandon Hughes announced Tuesday he's stepping down from the position.MORE
SNPA President Les Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News since 2002, announced his resignation Tuesday morning, saying, "the timing is best for me and this newspaper."MORE
Dolph Tillotson, who, during a career spanning nearly 50 years has earned a reputation for developing hard-edge community newspapers, was among four journalists inducted last Friday into the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame.
Additional inductees were: Victor Fain, former publisher of The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches, who died in 2000 at age 84; John C. Taylor Jr., former Seguin Gazette owner and publisher, who died in 2014 at age 88; and longtime Associated Press correspondent Mike Cochran.MORE
Cox Enterprises has named Sonji Jacobs to the new position of assistant vice president of corporate communications.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
WEHCO Media has announced that Zach Ahrens will take over as general manager of Central Missouri Newspapers Inc. beginning Jan. 17.
Ahrens will oversee the day-to-day operation of the Jefferson City News Tribune, Fulton Sun and California Democrat newspapers and HER Magazine, as well as CMNI's commercial printing facility and Flypaper digital marketing agency.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
Justin Dearborn, chief executive officer of tronc, Inc., has been named chairman of the board of tronc. Michael Ferro is retiring from the Board of Directors as the company prepares to close on the $500 million sale of the Los Angeles Times to local ownership.More
McClatchy has named Mike Fannin as regional editor for the Midwest Region. Fannin, currently executive editor and vice president of The Kansas City Star, will continue to lead the The Kansas City Star and oversee three additional newsrooms including The Wichita Eagle in Kansas, the Belleville News-Democrat in Illinois, and the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.More
Conan Gallaty, one of the country's leaders in digital publishing and innovation, has been named chief digital officer of the Tampa Bay Times.More