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Longtime Richmond publisher Tom Silvestri announces retirement

Thomas A. Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch for nearly the last 15 years, has announced his retirement. He will stay on in Richmond until Dec. 31. Effective immediately, Paul Farrell will become publisher in Richmond. Farrell currently serves as vice president of sales for Lee Enterprises.

Gannett announces senior leadership

Gannett Co., Inc. has announced the senior leadership for the newly combined company.

Paxton Media Group names Jamie Paxton president, CEO

Paxton Media Group announced that Jamie Paxton has been named president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2020.  He succeeds David Paxton, who had held the position for 20 years. 

GM in Camden and Magnolia announces retirement

Sue Silliman, the general manager for the Camden (Arkansas) News and the Magnolia (Arkansas) Banner-News, will retire Dec. 31 from WEHCO newspapers. Robyn Yarbro, director of business development for both papers, will be promoted to general manager.

McAlester native named GM of News-Capital

A longtime McAlester (Oklahoma) News-Capital advertising executive has been promoted to general manager of the paper. She succeeds Ed Choate, who recently became publisher of the Muskogee Phoenix.

Richmond Times-Dispatch names VP of advertising

The new vice president of advertising for the Richmond Times-Dispatch will bring a strong emphasis on digital and non-traditional solutions. Under his leadership, the newspaper's goal is to expand its digital advertising portfolio and to continue to enhance its robust newspaper, magazine and specialty advertising options.

Cullman Times names new editor

The Cullman Times has named a new editor, who spent several years as the director of communications for the Georgia Municipal Association prior to joining CNHI.

Davis to leave GateHouse and New Media after Gannett deal closes

Kirk Davis, chief operating officer of New Media Investments and CEO of GateHouse Media, intends to leave New Media upon the close of the Gannett-GateHouse merger.

AP names Matt Volz as news editor for the Rockies region

Matt Volz, who served as interim Rockies news editor with The Associated Press over the past year, has been appointed to permanently fill the position. In his interim role, he helped lead award-winning coverage, such as the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting massacre.

Veteran newsroom managing editor Mike Frey of The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois, will retire by the end of the year. Misty Knisely has been named to succeed him.
CNHI is expanding its regional editor program to include five new appointments. “This team works hard to help our newsrooms create great journalism,” said Kayla Gagnet, senior vice president of content & digital operations. “They have collaborated to develop investigative reporting, feature pages and sports content that our readers really value.”
New Media Investment Group Inc. and Gannett Co., Inc.  have announced the expected members of the board of directors for the combined company, effective upon completion of the proposed acquisition of Gannett by New Media. The board will have nine members, including Michael Reed as chairman, five independent directors from New Media, and three directors from Gannett.
Nick Monico has been appointed chief operating officer of Adams Publishing Group where he will focus on helping the company maximize its revenue, content, circulation, digital and operational initiatives.
Veteran Oklahoma newspaper executive Gary Jackson has been appointed publisher of the Tahlequah Daily Press.
Southern Newspapers Inc. has named a new publisher in Lufkin, Texas. Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers, said the paper's new publisher is an experienced newspaper man who has run newspapers that are similar in size and mission to The Lufkin Daily News.
Hannah Combs has been named the new Caroline/Dorchester editor of The Star Democrat, Dorchester Star and Times-Record in Maryland. She succeeds Dustin Holt in the role.
Lee Enterprises has named a new publisher for the Sioux City Journal and its associated publications.
Brian Corcoran, who has served as interim publisher of The Post-Star since March, has been named publisher of the Glens Falls paper.
The former general manager of The Bellingham Herald has been named as the next publisher of the Idaho Statesman.
Chris Blade has officially become publisher of the Post Bulletin in Rochester, Minnesota, after serving as its interim publisher since Forum Communications acquired the newspaper in June.
The Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph has named a new editor who will take over management of the Tyler print and digital news operations.
The former executive editor of the Muskogee Phoenix is returning to the paper as publisher.
The Stillwater News Press has named its long-time top advertising executive as its new publisher, to succeed Dale Brendel, who recently was named publisher in Joplin, Missouri.
Leadership of the Rome Sentinel passed to the sixth generation member of the family this month, with Bradley Waters succeeding his father, Stephen.