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.
Sears became publisher in October 2018 and led the paper as it transitioned to management by Lee Enterprises, which then bought The World-Herald and other BH Media properties in a sale concluded in March. His role shifts to leadership of The World-Herald’s business operations.
In addition, Executive Editor Randy Essex will assume oversight of The World-Herald’s editorial and opinion staff, which previously reported to the publisher.