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The Dallas Morning News names Gannett executive Katrice Hardy executive editor

Katrice Hardy has been named executive editor of The Dallas Morning News, effective Aug. 12. Hardy becomes the first female and African American to hold this position, which continues her legacy of breaking both color and gender barriers, which she has done throughout her distinguished career.

Idaho Statesman hires Kevin Fixler as investigative reporter on accountability team

Kevin Fixler joins the Idaho Statesman as an investigative reporter on the accountability team. He comes from The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California, where he tracked local government and transportation for more than three years.

Los Angeles Times names Shani Hilton managing editor for new initiatives

Shani Hilton has been appointed to the newly-created role of managing editor for new initiatives at the Los Angeles Times, effective immediately. She will be responsible for driving the L.A. Times’ efforts to expand its journalism and to foster a newsroom culture of aggressive, organic experimentation with form and approach.

Katherine Boo, Gail Collins and John Daniszewski elected co-chairs of Pulitzer Prize Board

Katherine Boo, Washington, D.C.-based author and journalist, Gail Collins, opinion columnist for The New York Times, and John Daniszewski, vice president and editor-at-large for standards for The Associated Press, have been elected as co-chairs of the Pulitzer Prize Board. The trio succeeds ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg and Simon & Schuster Vice President and Executive Editor Mindy Marqués González, who shared the post during 2020-2021.

Maria Reeve named executive editor of the Houston Chronicle

Hearst has announced that Maria Reeve, managing editor of the Houston Chronicle, has been named executive editor. Reeve, who will be the first journalist of color to lead the Houston Chronicle newsroom, fills the role vacated by Steve Riley, who announced in March that he will be retiring later this year.

Robyn Tomlin promoted to McClatchy vice president

The newsroom at The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) and the Durham Herald-Sun will soon have a new leader who will focus solely on the Triangle. Robyn Tomlin, the top editor at The N&O and Herald-Sun, is taking a new job at McClatchy, which owns the papers and 29 others across the country.

The Hollywood Reporter names Patricia Mays executive editor of news

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Patricia Mays will be joining the company as its executive editor of news, overseeing the digital news strategy of the award-winning publication across the brand, including its recently relaunched website.

Cox Communications CEO Patrick J. Esser to retire at year end

Cox Communications Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Esser will retire effective December 31, after leading the company for 15 years. Esser will be succeeded by Cox Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Mark Greatrex who will be named president.

Harry M. Rosenfeld, a key figure in The Post’s Watergate coverage, dies at 91

Harry M. Rosenfeld, who barely escaped the Holocaust as a child in Nazi Germany and who became a key Washington Post editor during its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate break-in and resulting scandal, died July 16 at his home in Slingerlands, New York. He was 91.

David Hawpe, who rose through the ranks of the Courier Journal to become editor of the Louisville newspaper, which won multiple Pulitzer Prizes on his watch, has died. He was 78.
Paul Cheung, a veteran journalist and leading advocate for innovative change in media, has been named chief executive officer of the Center for Public Integrity. He’ll lead one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit investigative news organizations as it builds the leading source of journalism focused on the causes and effects of inequality in America.
IPA Board of Directors Chairman Don Bricker today announced that Sam Fisher is retiring as the organization’s president and CEO, effective Sept. 1. Fisher has been the IPA’s leader since 2017. Bricker also announced that the IPA Board has voted to appoint Donald M. Craven, longtime legal adviser to IPA membership, to be the next president and CEO.
Ryan Gregory has assumed the role of sports editor at the Sun Prairie Star in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
The New York Times Company announced today that it is naming Jason Sobel as chief technology officer. Sobel, 40, will report directly to president and chief executive officer Meredith Kopit Levien. He will lead its technology department when he joins The Times on August 23.
The Daily News in Newburyport, Massachusetts, has named Kyle Gaudette as its new sports editor. Gaudette will take over for Mac Cerullo, who has been promoted and will be covering the Boston Red Sox full time as beat writer for CNHI Sports Boston.
John P. McMeel, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Kansas City-based Andrews McMeel Universal, passed away July 7, 2021, announced AMU Chairman Hugh T. Andrews. He was 85 years old.
The Hope Center has named longtime board member Rufus Friday as its next executive director. The Hope Center is Lexington, Kentucky's, largest homeless center for men. Friday served as the former publisher and president of the Lexington Herald-Leader for seven years before stepping down in 2018.
After 32 years of guiding Community Newspapers Inc. (CNI), co-owners Tom Wood and Dink NeSmith are turning over the corporate leadership to new co-chief executive officers. 
Ethan Myers, who graduated from Linfield University in May, will cover the Port of Astoria, Warrenton and business topics for The Astorian in Astoria, Oregon.
Trudi Gilfillian is the new opinion editor for four McClatchy newspapers in South Carolina: The State (Columbia), The Beaufort Gazette, The Island Packet (Hilton Head) and The Sun News (Myrtle Beach).
Carol Herman, an award-winning journalist and editor with The Washington Times for over two decades, has died. She was 69.
The Solutions Journalism Network has named award-winning journalist, author and journalism educator Francine Huff as its new director of journalism school partnerships. Huff was most recently the Knight Chair for Student Achievement at Florida A&M University,
Le Moyne College has appointed Sean Kirst to serve as its inaugural journalist-in-residence in the Department of Communication and Film Studies beginning in fall 2021. This appointment will strengthen the College’s curricular and co-curricular journalism programs and advance Le Moyne’s Jesuit mission to provide students a liberal arts education that fosters leadership and engagement in local, regional and global communities.
Albert Eisele, a veteran member of the Washington press corps who helped found the Hill, a newspaper dedicated to coverage of the hurly-burly of Congress, the White House, politics, lobbying and life in the nation’s capital, died June 29 at an assisted-living facility in Falls Church, Va. He was 85.