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The News Media Alliance has promoted Danielle Coffey to senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives and Counsel. Coffey joined the organization in 2015 and has focused on the intersection of technology and public policy. She previously worked in the telecom industry for over 10 years.

Daytona Beach News-Journal publisher Bill Offill has been promoted to the position of group publisher for three Gate-House Media newspapers in Florida including The St. Augustine Record, and the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. Former Record publisher Tony Bernados was named the president of The Augusta Chronicle and Chronicle Media in May. In Jacksonville, Mark Nusbaum recently announced his retirement as president and publisher.

Sondre Gravir, the CEO of marketplaces at Schibsted (Norway), is leaving the company. He's the latest in a line of high-level executives at Schibsted to leave in the past few months, including several from the classified marketplace arena.

Ben Kenfield has been named general manager of The Herald Journal (Logan, Utah), an Adams Publishing Group newspaper. Kenfield succeeds publisher Dave Welsh.

Northwest Florida Daily News Publisher Diane Winnemuller announced her retirement after three years. She will remain with GateHouse Media on a contractual basis.

James Doughton, regional publisher of seven newspapers including the Gainesville Sun and the Ocala Star-Banner, will retire at the end of the year.

Editorial page editor Ellen Clegg has retired from The Boston Globe after four years leading the editorial board. During her time with The Globe, she served as the executive director of communications, as well as deputy managing editor and city editor.

Herald-Tribune’s (Sarasota, Florida) Matthew Sauer will add the title of general manager to his existing duties as executive editor. Sauer will continue to oversee the Herald-Tribune’s newsroom but will now work with the media company’s seasoned team of executives to continue the paper’s mission.

Patrick Dorsey, the Herald-Tribune’s publisher since 2012, is taking over as publisher at newly acquired GateHouse Media newspaper the Austin American-Statesman. Dorsey will continue in his role as regional vice president of GateHouse’s Coastal Group, a territory that includes the parent company’s newspapers in Florida, Alabama and now the Statesman in Texas.

Jeffrey Potts has been named senior associate at Cribb, Greene & Cope.

Mike Reilly, 58, vice president for news at BH Media, has resigned from the Omaha World-Herald to relocate to Texas. Reilly worked at The World-Herald for the past 28 years.

Jamey Honeycutt has been named publisher of five community newspapers in Bolivar, Stockton, Buffalo, Marshfield and Ozark (Missouri). Honeycutt has represented these newspapers as advertising director and associate publisher since early July. Honeycutt will report to work Oct. 1. Dave Berry is retiring as publisher of the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, effective at the end of September.

Aaron Becher has named a new vice president of newspaper operations for Forum Communications. Becher, general manager of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo Pioneer since 2012 and director of advertising operations for the company in recent months, will now oversee publishers at the company’s more than 30 newspapers in four states.

D. Lee Carlson, president of PA Media Group, has announced her retirement effective at the end of the year. PA Media Group is the parent company of PennLive and The Patriot-News.

Beau Campbell has joined Siebold Company as vice president Midwest sales. Campbell has successfully completed hundreds of press installations, press additions, press upgrades and press sales worldwide. He also serves on the ING board and is actively involved with several newspaper associations, including SNPA and the Inland Press Association.

Postmedia Network Canada has announced that David Pecker has resigned his seat from the boards of Postmedia Network Canada and Postmedia Network.

Andy Fisher has been named the new top business executive for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today Network-Wisconsin. Fisher, who most recently was an executive with the Dallas-based business software and marketing firm DexYP, started as Gannett’s vice president of sales for Wisconsin on Monday.

John Bailey has been named executive editor of the Rome

News-Tribune (Georgia).

Robert Beck, owner and former publisher of the Roswell Daily Record, has died at 97.

Mary Suh is joining the editorial team at AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s events division, following more than 20 years as a top editor at The New York Times. Suh will be a senior editor working with Executive Producer Rob Hendin and a team responsible for shaping the content for The Atlantic’s live events journalism, which comes to life across more than 100 annual events on stages around the world. She will begin at The Atlantic in early September.

The Boston Globe announced that Shirley Leung will assume leadership for the editorial board for the next six months and will be named the interim editorial page editor.

Greg Watson has joined the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association staff as chief marketing officer and assistant executive director, with responsibility for planning and executing strategies that promote SNPA’s brand and programs.

Julie Bechtel has been named executive vice president of BH Media Group, overseeing operations of the Omaha World-Herald. The former Lee Enterprises executive succeeds Doug Hiemstra, who left the company to pursue other opportunities, said a press release from Lee. The company, based in Davenport, Iowa, is managing BH Media on behalf of its owner, Berkshire Hathaway. Bechtel will name a publisher for The World-Herald at a later date. Terry Kroeger had been publisher of The World-Herald. He announced in June that he would step down from that role with the new Lee management of the newspaper.

Jeannie Parent, the former president and publisher of the company that owns The Oakland Press and Macomb Daily, will become MLive Media Group's (Michigan) chief revenue officer. Parent will oversee sales leadership for the media organization, whose publications include The Grand Rapids Press, The Flint Journal, The Ann Arbor News and the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Greg Mazanec has been named regional publisher of The Macomb Daily and the Daily Tribune of Royal Oak and several other Digital First publications in Michigan.

The Chestnut Hill Local’s (Philadelphia) associate publisher Larry Hochberger announced that he is resigning from the Local next month to take a new job at a weekly newspaper company in Ithaca, New York. His last day will be Sept. 28.

Rufus Friday, the Herald-Leader’s (Lexington, Kentucky) president and publisher since 2011, announced that he will be stepping down in the middle of September. Editor Peter Baniak will move into an expanded role as the Herald-Leader’s editor and general manager.

A longtime newspaper executive and publisher of two Ohio newspapers has died after a lengthy illness. The East Liverpool Review reports that 67-year-old Larry Dorschner passed away at his home. Dorschner was publisher of The Review and the Lisbon Morning Journal. Dorschner became a group publisher for Ogden Newspapers in 2005.

The Chestnut Hill Local’s (Philadelphia) associate publisher Larry Hochberger announced that he is resigning from the Local next month to take a new job at a weekly newspaper company in Ithaca, New York. Hochberger’s last day will be Sept. 28.

David Martens, president of the York Dispatch, will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Pennsylvania News-Media Association this fall. Martens, 76, became president of York Dispatch Publishing in 2014, when former president Phil Buckner retired.

Davis J. Taylor has been named interim publisher of Napa Valley Publishing, which includes the Napa Valley Register, St. Helena Star, Weekly Calistogan and American Canyon Eagle, among other publications. Taylor, 69, is currently the publisher of Lee Central California Newspapers, based in Hanford. He will continue in that job while Napa Valley Publishing searches for a permanent replacement for former Publisher Brenda Speth, who left in July.

Kate Lewis has been named chief content officer for Hearst Magazines. Lewis has served as editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media since 2014, responsible for content creation across 25 Hearst brands in the digital realm. Now she adds the print side as well.

Carl Esposito, publisher of The Daily Times in Maryville, Tennessee, and regional president of Adams Publishing Group for Tennessee, North Carolina and Southern Virginia, has been named to the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association board of directors.

The Association for PRINT Technologies announced that Sondra Fry Benoudiz has joined its business development team and will be responsible for building new relationships in the print community, developing new sponsorship programs, creating new business opportunities, and providing customized solutions to help members meet their business needs.

Brooke Hauser has been named editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Massachusetts).

Julie Vossler-Henderson has been named central news editor for The Daily Camera and the Longmont Times-Call newspapers.

Michelle K. Rea, executive director of the New York Press Association, was elected president of Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) during the group’s 95th annual summer conference in Park City, Utah. Rea, who has led NYPA since 1992, has nearly four decades in newspaper experience. She is also a former director of resource development for American Red Cross.

Don Bolden, who led the Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina) as its editor for 18 years and made a long-lasting impact on Alamance County as a reporter, columnist, historian and community champion, died Aug. 2. He was 85.

Robert J. Danzig, who served for more than two decades as president of Hearst Newspapers, has died in a Cape Cod hospital. He was 85.

Joanna Coles, the chief content officer for Hearst, is resigning the company, the New York Post reports. Coles, 56, who served as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire before her promotion to oversee all Hearst titles, is expected to leave the company by the end of this week.

Robert (Bob) W. Rogers has retired as vice president of operations for BH Media Group’s publishing solutions group. BH Media owns the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Deanna Lewis has been hired as a digital sales leader for Dream Local Digital, a national digital marketing agency. Lewis spent 15 years working for the Local Media Association. She will be working directly with media partner sales teams to assist them in selling digital marketing services.

Guido Van Loo, former technical director of Manroland France, has been promoted to managing director of the group's French outpost. The New York Times announced that Clifford J. Levy, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a leader of the newsroom’s digital initiatives, will be its next metropolitan editor. Levy, 51, has served as a deputy managing editor since 2016, overseeing The Times’ online platforms.

Lee Enterprises has chosen corporate controller Timothy Millage as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Millage succeeds Ron Mayo, who resigned in June of this year. Millage joined Lee in 2010 as assistant corporate controller. He was named the company's corporate controller in 2012. Prior to joining Lee, Millage was an audit manager with Deloitte, after serving as a senior auditor.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 16 for Dean Bartee, a longtime Mercury News executive who combined a newspaper career with years of civic leadership. Bartee, died July 12 of cancer. He was 86.

Tim McKeon, Koenig & Bauer’s senior vice president of Service and Operations, Sheetfed Division, has died after a brief illness, the company announced. McKeon was a loyal member of the Koenig & Bauer family for almost 40 years, having started his career as a field service mechanic/technician with Royal Zenith, a predecessor company of Koenig & Bauer.

Peter Lechner is the new CEO at Koenig & Bauer (KBA) Flexotecnica. He takes over from Christoph Muller, who moves to the company’s supervisory board as its chairman. Lechner previously held leading positions at companies in Germany, the U.S. and the Czech Republic.

Block Communications has promoted Kurt Franck to vice president of newspaper operations. He will oversee the company’s papers in Pittsburgh and Toledo. Franck will remain based in Toledo while also overseeing the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Franck earlier this year took on the role of president and general manager of business operations of The Blade in Toledo. Franck joined The Blade in 2000 as managing editor and became executive editor in 2009.

Eddie Blakeley has been hired as chief operating officer of Journal Inc., the parent company of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Blakeley has served as publisher of the Ashland (Kentucky) Daily Independent since 2003. His role will be to run all production and commercial print operations for Journal Inc.

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