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Saeed Ahmed is joining The Associated Press as its first vice president of news for digital platforms.
Grant Gibbons has been announced as publisher of The Journal, in New Ulm, Minnesota, and The Independent of Marshall. He will be replacing Greg Orear, publisher since 2016. Orear has taken a publishing position with a newspaper group in Missouri.
Debi Richardson has joined the South Carolina paper as its new graphic designer.
On the heels of announcing the hiring of its new editor in chief, John Anastasi, the Bucks County Herald (Doylestown, Pennsylvania) has tapped newspaper advertising veteran William “Bill” Cotter to serve as its new director of advertising sales.
Peter Baumann, who has served as editor of the Post Independent since late August 2019, was named publisher in December. 
CherryRoad Media has announced the promotion of industry veteran Lee Bachlet to the role of chief operating officer.
Joel Simon, who has worked tirelessly as a champion of press freedom around the world, will join the Newmark J-School on Feb. 1 as the founding director of the Journalism Protection Initiative.
As the Herald and News bid 2022 farewell and greeted the new year, the staff met its new publisher and said goodbye to the long-standing head of the newspaper.
A former intern with the AJC, Taylor Croft will now be reporting on the local news team covering the cities of Marietta, Smyrna, Mableton and Decatur, as well as major news in other small cities in metro Atlanta.
Susan Ellis has been named chief financial officer for Wick Communications.
The GroundTruth Project, home of Report for America and Report for the World, has selected Rob Zeaske as its CEO and president, following a national search launched last summer. Zeaske will step into the role on Jan. 23, a return of sorts as he was the nonprofit’s chief operations officer from 2019-2020.
Mackenzie Warren, a top news executive at the nation’s largest local news publishing company, has been named director of the new Local News Accelerator at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
Sales and advertising veteran Ken Henry has joined the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch as vice president of advertising.
Peter Frank, who currently oversees coverage of breaking and trending news in Green Bay and at other sites in the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, will lead local news coverage at the Press-Gazette and serve as the primary contact for readers and Green Bay-area community leaders.
Gerardine Mobley has been named Advance Local’s first VP of diversity & inclusion and will work collaboratively across the organization to further the company’s D&I efforts.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has named Layla Jones as its economic equity reporter.
In a memo to staff on Jan. 4, U.S. News Director Josh Hoffner announced four key news leadership positions around the country.
Indira Lakshmanan, an award-winning journalist who has reported from more than 80 countries, is joining The Associated Press to lead the global enterprise team.
Andrew Morse joins The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as it expands its digital audience while maintaining its dedication to providing strong, local, independent journalism to the metro Atlanta area.
Leonard Pitts Jr. is retiring as a Miami Herald columnist to write novels full time.
After spending years leading news sites just over the state border, Lynne Sullivan has been named regional executive editor of The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal and The Newport (Rhode Island) Daily News.  
Cox Enterprises announces the appointment of Barbara Kennedy Harty, Grace Lieblein and Troy D. Taylor to its board of directors.
The Herald Journal (South Logan, Utah) welcomes Andrew Weeks as its new managing editor.
Schurz Communications, Inc. has announced that the board of directors has elected John Reardon as the company’s next president and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2023. He will succeed Todd F. Schurz, who has served in the role since 2007.