Wilmington StarNews names Distelhorst as new publisher


Veteran newspaper executive Mike Distelhorst has been named publisher of the StarNews in Wilmington, N.C.

Distelhorst, 56, is currently the publisher of three other GateHouse Media newspapers in eastern North Carolina – the Jacksonville Daily News, the New Bern Sun Journal and the Kinston Free Press. He will continue to oversee those newspapers as GateHouse's group publisher for Coastal North Carolina, according to South Atlantic Regional Vice President Lucy Talley.

"Mike is extremely dedicated to our employees and the communities we serve," Talley said. "He will build on the strong leadership already in place in Wilmington and will help that team continue the StarNews' role as the news leader in Southeastern North Carolina."

Distelhorst replaces Bob Gruber, who served as Wilmington's publisher for 11 years before moving to the Fayetteville Observer in August, just after the Observer was purchased by GateHouse.

Distelhorst says he plans to move from New Bern to the greater Wilmington area – likely northeastern New Hanover County or Pender County.

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