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Dallas Morning News parent company promotes Katy Murray to executive vice president

A. H. Belo Corporation has promoted Katy Murray to executive vice president, reflecting a broader role she has taken on at the parent company of The Dallas Morning News.

Paul Taylor elected a director of Hearst

With the election of Paul Taylor, there are now 22 members of the Hearst board of directors, elected by the trustees of the Hearst Family Trust.

Gannett appoints new chief financial officer

Gannett Co., Inc. has announced the appointment of Douglas E. Horne as chief financial officer. He succeeds Alison “Ali” Engel, who stepped down at the end of the first quarter.

Maynor named publisher of Natchez, Brookhaven, Prentiss papers

Rex Maynor has been named publisher of The Natchez (Mississippi) Democrat, Natchez The Magazine, The Brookhaven Daily Leader, Brookhaven Magazine, the Prentiss Headlight and related digital and print products.

Peter Farr appointed chief financial officer of McClatchy

Peter Farr has been appointed chief financial officer of McClatchy, to succeed Elaine Lintecum, who is retiring June 30.

Jolene Sherman appointed Lee vice president of digital sales and agency strategies

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated has announced that Amplified Digital Vice President and Managing Director Jolene Sherman has been named company vice president of digital sales and agency strategies. The appointment is effective immediately.

Lee Enterprises names Andrew Bruns Virginia regional publisher

Andrew Bruns has been named regional publisher of a number of Lee Enterprises' publications in Virginia, including Roanoke, Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Bristol.

Leadership changing at Columbia Daily Tribune

Publisher Terri Leifeste has left the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune to lead a group of privately owned newspapers. She has been succeeded by Joseph Leong.

Duncan native promoted to Banner general manager

Crystal Childers, veteran advertising executive, has been promoted to general manager of the Duncan (Oklahoma) Banner. Her appointment is effective immediately. 

The Madison (Indiana) Courier, which was acquired in February by Paxton Media Group, has appointed a new editor and advertising manager.
The Daily News (Jacksonville, North Carolina) has announced that publisher Mike Distelhorst will be leaving the company April 3. Marsha Brown, an HR business partner, is assuming leadership of The Daily News.
Publisher Jim Porter has told his staff his last day in that role will be April 17, while Executive Editor Rich Desrosiers has submitted his resignation, effective March 27.
The Oak Ridger in Tennessee has announced that Publisher Darrell Richardson, an Anderson County native, will be leaving the company no later than Friday, April 3. The publisher’s position at Oak Ridge, and in other selected Gannett markets, has been eliminated.
Keith Ponder, publisher of The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tennessee, will be leaving the newspaper following a management restructuring by Gannett.
In announcing her decision to retire at the end of the year, Diane McFarlin said: “I have loved every role that I have played in my 44-year career: reporter, editor, publisher, college administrator. Each job has seemed better than the last, and that has certainly been true as dean of my alma mater.”
Wilmington (North Carolina) StarNews executive editor Pam Sander was named one of Gannett’s 12 regional editors on Wednesday, and she will now oversee newsrooms across five Southeast states.
Katrice Hardy, who was executive editor of the Greenville (South Carolina) News, has been named executive editor of the Indianapolis Star and editor of Gannett's Midwest region that includes more than two dozen properties.
The Chicago Tribune has announced a restructuring of its leadership, with Colin McMahon being named editor-in-chief. Bruce Dold and Peter Kendall are leaving the paper.
Betty Ramsey, publisher of Farmville Newsmedia, has also been named publisher of the Suffolk (Virginia) News-Herald, Tidewater News and their related products.
Dan Sprung, who has served as director of marketing and publishing for The Daily Sun (The Villages, Florida) for the past 19 years, has been promoted to general manager.
Terry Jimenez, Tribune Publishing Company's executive vice president and chief financial officer, has assumed the role of president and chief executive officer and joined the board, succeeding Timothy P. Knight, who has stepped down from the board and will leave the company at the end of February.
Anne Cox Chambers, daughter of Governor James M. Cox and Cox Enterprises board member, passed away peacefully at her home in Atlanta at the age of 100. 
David Adams brings a strong background in digital media to his new role as general manager and vice president of sales of The Courier in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa.
During successive announcements about 30 minutes apart, Eliza Hussman Gaines was named managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, succeeding David Bailey, who is retiring.