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Robin Gruen picked to lead Lee’s custom content division

Robin Gruen, who describes herself as “a passionate storyteller who believes that every brand has a unique and powerful tale to tell,” has been named vice president of Brand Avenue Studios with Lee Enterprises.

WEHCO Media names Samuel Metcalf director of marketing technology

"To be asked to grow subscription audiences at a time when communities and families are almost desperate for informative, accurate and impactful news is an amazing and worthwhile endeavor — and it is not taken lightly," says Samuel Metcalf, the newly-appointed director of marketing technology with WEHCO Media's digital division.

Virginia advertising executive joins Richmond Times-Dispatch, Lee Enterprises

Veteran advertising executive Kelly Till is joining the Richmond Times-Dispatch and its parent company as vice president of sales for Virginia.

Mississippi publisher resigns to move to North Carolina

Rex Maynor, publisher of the Daily Leader in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and The Natchez Democrat, has resigned and plans to move to North Carolina to assist an ailing family member.

Free Times publisher promoted to regional leadership role

Evening Post Industries, parent company to The Post and Courier and Free Times in South Carolina, announced earlier this month that Free Times publisher Chase Heatherly has been promoted to the position of regional chief revenue officer for Evening Post’s Community Newspaper Group.

Nancy A. Meyer named president of the Miami Herald, overseeing business operations

Nancy A. Meyer will join the Miami Herald as president, the McClatchy Company announced Friday. She will be responsible for the business operations of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

UNC Hussman announces executive-in-residence program honoring Frank A. Daniels Jr.

The University of North Carolina Hussman School of Journalism and Media has established a new executive-in-residence program to honor Carolina alumnus Frank A. Daniels Jr. ‘53, the legendary president and publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. to retire as chairman of The New York Times Company board of directors

The New York Times Company announced on Wednesday that Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., 69, will retire as chairman and a member of its board of directors on Dec. 31 and will be succeeded as chairman by A.G. Sulzberger, 40, Times publisher since 2018. Sulzberger Jr. will assume the title chairman emeritus.

Brainworks Software announces multiple promotions and new hires

Brainworks Software began September with the promotion of five key leaders and the addition of one software implementer/support specialist. 

Dennis Anderson has been named vice president of news and content development for Shaw Media. In his new role, Anderson will oversee all journalism and content efforts, and he will directly supervise Shaw Media’s newsrooms in Illinois.
Cox Enterprises has appointed George Markley to assume the role of vice president of risk management. In this role, Markley will take responsibility for providing the strategic vision for the company’s insurance, safety and risk controls.
Brian Kelley, a 27-year veteran of The Roanoke (Virginia) Times, will become the newspaper’s editor later this month.
In his new role, Mayur Gupta will be responsible for driving Gannett's vision and strategy as the company transforms to a subscription-led content business.
Robert Blankenship has been named the regional publisher of the Andalusia (Alabama) Star-News, Brewton Standard and Atmore Advance and all affiliated print and digital products.
Mike Blinder, publisher of E&P Magazine, said Peter Conti’s vast experience in digital journalism, media research, association leadership and even recently on the R&D side, makes him a perfect fit to serve as E&P's new general manager.
Veteran editor and digital strategist Traci Bauer has been named Adams Publishing Group’s vice president of print and digital content.
Matt DeBow has been named managing editor of The Stillwater (Minnesota) Gazette.  He previously worked as the crime and courts reporter for the Daily Times in Maryville, Tennessee, covering all crime-related news for surrounding Blount County. 
Kendra Majors has been named regional editor of The Greenville (Alabama) Advocate, The Luverne Journal, The Lowndes Signal, The Demopolis Times, The Selma Times-Journal and associated digital and print products.
Adams Publishing Group has announced that longtime executive Mary Jo Villa is stepping aside as president of APG's southern Wisconsin group. She will be succeeded by Orestes Baez.
Kevin Passon has been named managing editor of the Antigo (Wisconsin) Daily Journal, effective Aug. 31. 
The Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal has promoted Jeri Young, a 20-year veteran with the newspaper, to managing editor.
Linnie Pride is taking on the role of distribution and audience development director for the Ohio Division of Adams Publishing Group.
Charlie Callari has been named general manager of Bainbridge Newsmedia, LLC, publisher of The Post-Searchlight (Bainbridge, Georgia), Bainbridge Living, and its affiliated publications and websites. He succeeds Mark Pope, who remains at his request in his former position of managing printing and production for The Post-Searchlight, and the affiliated and non-affiliated publications the newspaper prints.
Brendan J. Lyons, a veteran journalist whose stories have ranged from police misconduct to ethical misdeeds at the state Capitol, has been named managing editor for enterprise and investigations at the Times Union in Albany, New York.