Ginny Sohn - Former Santa Fe New Mexican publisher

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Former Santa Fe New Mexican publisher Ginny Sohn recently died at The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Sohn was 63. 

Michael Fricklas - to join Advance Publications

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Advance Publications announced that Michael Fricklas will join the company as chief legal officer with responsibility for the legal and governmental affairs of Advance at its corporate level and for its operating businesses.

Jonathan Haukaas - The Reflector

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Has been named editor of The Reflector (Battle Ground, Washington)

Bill Masterson - Tulsa World president and publisher

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Has aid that he is stepping down from the position he has held since 2013, effective May 11. Masterson also has served as vice president of the South region for BH Media Group, which owns the Tulsa World. The region encompasses BH Media properties in Texas, Alabama and Florida. 

Jonathan Haukaas has been named editor of The Reflector (Battle Ground, Washington).

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Advance Publications announced that Michael Fricklas will join the company as chief legal officer with responsibility for the legal and governmental affairs of Advance at its corporate level and for its operating businesses.

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Tulsa World president and publisher Bill Masterson Jr. said that he is stepping down from the position he has held since 2013, effective May 11. Masterson also has served as vice president of the South region for BH Media Group, which owns the Tulsa World. The region encompasses BH Media properties in Texas, Alabama and Florida.

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Kevin Michael Moore, former entertainment editor for two Chicago newspapers, has died. Moore, 71, died of complications from brain cancer on April 11 at NorthShore Evanston Hospital.

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Sam Zagoria, a Washington Post political reporter after World War II who returned to the paper in the 1980s as its ombudsman and in the intervening years worked as a congressional aide, labor relations official and consumer product safety commissioner, died April 2 at his home in San Francisco. He was 98.

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Former Santa Fe New Mexican publisher Ginny Sohn recently died at The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Sohn was 63.

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Prescott Newspapers, the parent company of The Daily Courier, Prescott Valley Tribune and Chino Valley Review (Arizona), has hired Lori Carver as its advertising director. Carver officially joined the management team on April 2 to oversee PNI's advertising department

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Eastman Kodak Company announced John O'Grady, current president of the consumer and film division and former general manager of worldwide sales for the print systems division, will become president of the print systems division effective April 24. O'Grady will replace Brad Kruchten, who is retiring after 36 years with Kodak

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Michael Wagar has been named publisher of The Chronicle (Centralia, Washington) and president of Lafromboise Communications.

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The Poynter Institute has named Cheryl Carpenter as its new leadership faculty member.

  • Carpenter previously served as the McClatchy bureau chief in Washington and managing editor at The Charlotte Observer.
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David Thornberry has been named publisher of The Daily News (Longview, Washington).

  • Thornberry succeeds former publisher Rick Parrish, who resigned from Lee Enterprises, the paper's Davenport, Iowa-based parent company, in February.
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USA Today has chosen Maribel Perez Wadsworth, a two-decade veteran of the company, as its new publisher.

  • Wadsworth was president of the entire USA Today Network, in addition to overseeing its content strategy. Wadsworth joins USA Today's newly appointed editor-in-chief, Nicole Carroll, in a move that puts women in three of the company's top leadership positions, including executive editor Patty Michalski.
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Jason Blakeney has been named executive editor of The Northwest Florida Daily News.

  • Blakeney, a Gulf Coast native, replaces Bob Heist, who left at the end of March for another GateHouse paper.
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BridgeTower Media announced that Joe Giametta has been named publisher of Long Island Business News, effective immediately. LIBN's parent company also announced that LIBN editor Joe Dowd has been named associate publisher.

  • Jenna Macri, LIBN's former web producer, was named events manager in March. The promotions follow the recent departure of Scott Schoen, LIBN's former publisher, who has become chief marketing officer at LIU Post (a college in Nassau County, New York).
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Josh Trust has been named publisher of Lee Enterprises-owned River Valley Media Group (Wisconsin and Minnesota).

  • Group publications include the La Crosse Tribune, Winona Daily News, Onalaska-Holmen Courier Life News, Tomah Journal & Moniter Herald, West Salem Coulee News, Foxxy Shoppers, Jackson Chronicle, Vernon County Broadcaster, Westby Times and Houston County News.
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Brainworks Software announced that Dick Kitzmiller has decided to retire as president and chief executive officer

  • His retirement is effective April 30th.
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Pili Linares is the new general manager of the Texarkana Gazette (Arkansas), parent company WEHCO Media announced Thursday.

  • Linares comes to the Gazette after more than two years as vice president of revenue for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the latest position in her 25-plus-year career in the newspaper industry.
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Lindsay Gloor is the new associate editor of The Herald-News (Joliet, Illinois).

  • Gloor is a University of Mississippi graduate who has previously worked as a reporter.
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Newsday co-publisher Edward Bushey is leaving the local media company for an executive position with Chicago-based media giant Tronc.

  • Co-publisher Debby Krenek will continue to serve as publisher. She and Bushey have shared leadership since June 2016 of the Newsday Media Group, which consists of its namesake newspaper and website, the commuter paper amNewYork, Hometown Shopper penny-saver publications and others.
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Former Naples Daily News (Florida) Editor Tom Hanson has died.

  • He was 53.
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IndyStar Editor Jeff Taylor has been named executive editor for news at USA TODAY. Taylor will join USA TODAY on April 9.

  • Gannett, parent company of IndyStar, has named Ronnie Ramos executive editor in Indianapolis.
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Greg Moore has been named executive editor of the Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia).

  • Moore has been in the industry for over 20 years.
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Lou Laste, former senior director of public relations and communications for Cox Automotive, has been retained by Hearst Autos as executive director of its public relations department.

  • Hearst Autos includes Jumpstart Automotive Media.
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Las Vegas Review-Journal Editor J. Keith Moyer was named publisher after Craig Moon announced his retirement from the company.

  • Moyer joined Review Journal in 2016.
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Tom Claybaugh, president of Carolinas media operations and publisher of The Greenville News (South Carolina) since April 2016, has left Greenville to take a new position within Gannett and based in Nashville.

  • Claybaugh, a 28-year veteran of Gannett, which owns The Greenville News, begins his new role April 2 as part of a senior leadership team in Tennessee that will serve six out of the seven largest communities across the state, including Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis.
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David Foster, who has been vice president of sales for the Carolinas, will become regional vice president of sales and will oversee sales for seven Gannett properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas and Virginia. Foster will remain based in Greenville and will be part of a two-person team running The Greenville News. Foster will handle Greenville's advertising business operations while Katrice Hardy, executive editor of The Greenville News and Southeast regional editor for the USA Today Network, will run the news operations along with Steve Bruss, South Carolina regional news director.

William Calcutt Jr. has been named regional circulation director of Morning News (Florence, South Carolina) and its affiliated publications.

  • He replaces Bob Scott, who has moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, to lead the circulation efforts of BH Media newspapers in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. BH Media owns the Morning News.
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