Caulkins to step down, successor named
Ann Caulkins, The Charlotte Observer’s president and publisher, is stepping down after 12 years and will be succeeded by Rodney Mahone, a longtime media executive from Georgia.
Mahone, 51, begins in Charlotte June 4.
He will lead the Observer, which is owned by Sacramento-based McClatchy, and serve as publisher for four sister news properties in South Carolina: The (Rock Hill) Herald, The Beaufort Gazette, The (Hilton Head) Island Packet and The State.
The new position expands on the traditional role of the Observer's president and publisher. McClatchy's strategy for advertising and news calls for more collaboration across its 30 markets nationwide.
Mahone will be the Observer’s first African-American publisher. He is married and has two children.
Mahone joins the Observer from Columbus, Ga., where he is regional president and publisher for the McClatchy-owned Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and The (Macon) Telegraph.
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