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Savannah Morning News executive Michael Traynor leaves amid corporate restructure

Longtime Savannah Morning News Executive Michael Traynor has left the organization as part of a corporate management restructuring, parent company Gannett has announced.

Ames Tribune names new editor

Kelly McGowan, an Iowa State graduate and a four-year member of the Des Moines Register staff, has been named editor of the Ames (Iowa) Tribune.

Jeana Stanley, Hearst vice president of finance, dies at 54

Jeana Stanley, who joined Hearst’s corporate finance team as vice president in August 2018, died June 26 in Tierra Verde, Florida. She was 54.

Nieman Lab announces staff changes

Two journalists at Nieman Lab, the Nieman Foundation’s publication covering digital innovation and change in journalism, are moving into new roles beginning on July 1.

Journal Star in Peoria names new executive editor

Romando Dixson has been named executive editor of the Journal Star in Peoria, Illinois, becoming the first African American to serve as editor of the paper.

Gannett forms state capitol bureau for Pennsylvania

Scott Fisher has been named bureau editor of a new state capitol bureau to serve Gannett’s 14 Pennsylvania properties and the USA TODAY NETWORK’s Atlantic Region. He will continue his news duties for the York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record.

Victoria Advocate names new general manager

George Coleman has been named the general manager of operations for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate by Stephen McHaney, president of M. Roberts Media.

The Post and Courier announces first three hires in Greenville

Ryan Gilchrest has been named managing editor of The Post and Courier Greenville, heading up the powerhouse team that will lead the South Carolina paper's digital-only newsroom in Greenville. 

Gannett eliminates CEO position for operating company, announces departure of Paul Bascobert

Gannett Co. announced yesterday that Paul Bascobert, CEO of its operating company, will leave the company after the board eliminated his position to streamline its operating structure.

The Board of Trustees of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation elected a new slate of officers for 2020-2021 at its meeting on June 17.
Kendra Majors has been named regional publisher of The Andalusia (Alabama) Star-News, The Atmore Advance, The Brewton Standard and associated print and digital products.
Mike Martoccia, who has been consulting with Adams Publishing Group since February, has been named APG’s vice president of digital sales and marketing. This is a new position for APG, to assist in the company's evolution to a multi-media organization.
Robert Granfeldt has been named general manager of the Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram and Texas Panhandle properties for Hearst Communications. The Panhandle properties include the Plainview Herald, Muleshoe Journal and Canyon News.
The Missourian newspaper (Washington, Missouri) is now under the leadership of new Editor/Publisher Tricia Miller, the first female to hold the position in the company's long history.
In a recent opinion column in the Erie (Pennsylvania) Times-News, Terry Cascioli said he and his wife intend to stay in the region, as he steps down from his role as president and publisher of the newspaper.
The McClatchy Company announced leadership changes at its South Carolina properties on Monday.
Jeffrey Gerritt, recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, has been appointed editor of the Sharon (Pennsylvania) Herald and New Castle News, effective July 13.
Julie Bechtel, formerly executive vice president of BH Media Group, has been named publisher of the Omaha (Nebraska) World-Herald, while Todd Sears, who previously held that position, becomes World-Herald general manager. Bechtel’s previous role included oversight of The World-Herald.
Rana Cash has been named news director of the Savannah (Georgia) Morning News, becoming the first African American to lead the Savannah newsroom in the publication’s 170-year history.
McClatchy has announced the promotion of Stephanie Pedersen to president and editor of The (Tacoma) News Tribune and Washington State regional editor of McClatchy's four newsrooms comprising The News Tribune, The Olympian, The Bellingham Herald and the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick. Pedersen will also serve as president of The Olympian, and begin in her new role at the end of June when she relocates to Tacoma.
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated has announced that Wynn Christian has been named president and director of local sales and marketing for the company’s Alabama region.
Shane Fitzgerald, executive editor of the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and sub-regional editor for the former GateHouse Atlantic Region, will take on a broader role for the USA Today Network, serving as Gannett’s Pennsylvania editor.
Kirk Davis, former GateHouse Media CEO, has joined Nashville-based Power Poll, a nonpartisan survey, news and information company, as executive chairman of the board. The announcement comes as the rapidly expanding Power Poll launches its innovative news and survey product with media partners in Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.
Mike Feeley, executive editor of The News Journal and Delaware Online, will take on a broader role for the USA Today Network, serving as Gannett’s South Jersey and Delmarva editor.