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Daily News announces changes in executive, advertising leadership

The Daily News (Bowling Green, Kentucky) recently announced changes within its leadership team, including the naming of Scott Gaines as publisher and the transition of Pipes Gaines to publisher emeritus.

Jenny Rogers joins Features as lifestyle editor at The Washington Post

Jenny Rogers will oversee a talented and growing Lifestyle team that includes four editors (one in charge of each of its coverage areas — Wellness, Home, Parenting and KidsPost), three reporters, an editorial aide and a vast network of freelance contributors.

National Newspaper Association mourns the passing of postal guru Max Heath

The death of NNA’s Postal Chair Emeritus Max Heath, Shelbyville, Kentucky, on July 28 set off a period of mourning across the community newspaper industry.

Louise Story, a top editor at The Wall Street Journal, is leaving

Louise Story, who oversaw digital strategy and technology at The Wall Street Journal, has decided to leave the paper after less than three years.

Jo Adetunji promoted to editor of The Conversation UK

Jo Adetunji has been promoted to editor of The Conversation UK (TCUK), an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community. In her new role she will be responsible for the strategic priorities and editorial direction of TCUK.

Observer editor said she joined the paper in awe. By September, she’ll leave that way, too

Sherry Chisenhall, The Charlotte Observer’s editor and president, announced her departure Monday morning, telling her newsroom staff that she is leaving on her own terms and with full confidence in the paper’s mission and continued vitality.

Mariel Garza promoted to deputy editorial page editor of Los Angeles Times

Mariel Garza is being promoted to deputy editorial page editor and will join The Times’ masthead, effective Aug. 9.

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.

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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Legendary journalist Joseph Clarence Crankshaw III, a Georgia native who arrived in Stuart in 1958, is being revered this week as a humble Korean War veteran who loved being a writer and reporter, a local historian and a fair-minded man who could tell a great story.