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Matt Gib­son has been named gen­eral man­ager for Lee's Mis­soula, Mon­tana, area prop­er­ties, i.e., the Mis­sou­lian, the Ravalli Republic, and the Mis­soula In­de­pen­dent. Gib­son will no longer be the pub­lisher of the Mis­soula In­de­pen­dent, which he owned from 1997 un­til the pa­per's sale to Lee En­ter­prises in April. Lee VP Mike Gulledge con­tin­ues in his role as pub­lisher of the Mis­sou­lian and the Billings Gazette, and In­de­pen­dent Gen­eral Man­ager Andy Sut­cliffe will con­tinue in that role with ex­panded re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Matt Guthrie, vice pres­i­dent of GateHouse Media’s South­west Re­gion, an­nounced that re­gional ad­ver­tis­ing direc­tor Jen­nifer Allen has been pro­moted to gen­eral man­ager of the Hot Springs Vil­lage Voice, Arkadelphia Sift­ings Herald, Ne­vada County Picayune, Gur­don Times and the Hope Star (all in Arkansas). Allen will be re­spon­si­ble for ad­ver­tis­ing and over­all op­er­a­tions of each news­pa­per.

Peter Bha­tia, a mul­ti­ple Pulitzer Prize-win­ning ed­i­tor, was re­cently named ed­i­tor of the Detroit Free Press. Bha­tia comes to Detroit from The Cincinnati Enquirer, where he was ed­i­tor for the past two years and served as re­gional ed­i­tor for the USA Today Network’s Ohio re­gion.

Ralph Rou­ton, award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of the Colorado Pub­lish­ing House, the Colorado Springs In­de­pen­dent’s par­ent com­pany, has an­nounced he will re­tire on Sept. 27. Rou­ton will be named ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor emer­i­tus.

Mes­sen­ger-In­quirer (Owens­boro, Kentucky) gen­eral man­ager/ad­ver­tis­ing direc­tor Mike Weafer will as­sume the post of pub­lisher for the Pax­ton Media Group news­pa­pers based in Owens­boro next year.

Tom Cul­li­nan, pub­lisher and pres­i­dent of The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Cal­i­for­nia) and The Fresno Bee, is re­tir­ing Nov. 3.

Steve Lund­blade has been named the gen­eral man­ager of the McPher­son Sentinel and the New­ton Kansan. The Associated Press named award-win­ning jour­nal­ist James Asher as a news ed­i­tor in its Washington bu­reau.

Phill Casaus, a for­mer ed­i­tor at The Al­bu­querque Tribune and The Rocky Moun­tain News, has been hired as the new ed­i­tor of The Santa Fe New Mex­i­can. Casaus will re­place Ray Rivera, who is leav­ing Sept. 8 for a job as deputy manag­ing ed­i­tor for in­ves­ti­ga­tions and en­ter­prise at The Seat­tle Times.

Jim Van Nos­trand has joined The Daily As­to­rian (Ore­gon) as manag­ing ed­i­tor. Most re­cently, he was the digital ed­i­tor at the Tri-City Herald in Ken­newick, Washington.

Kat Dun­can has been named se­nior video ed­i­tor for The Don­ald W. Reynolds Jour­nal­ism In­sti­tute. Dun­can was a for­mer photo and video ed­i­tor at the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle.

Kevin Shaw has been named the new re­gional pub­lisher of the Dakota Media Group, which in­cludes South Dakotan dailies Water­town Pub­lic Opinion and Aberdeen Amer­i­can News. Shaw had been vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions for the South Bend (In­di­ana) Tribune.

Wick Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has named Dru Sanchez as new pub­lisher of Green Val­ley News in Ari­zona.

On Aug. 8, a re­tir­ing Rich Boehne ceded his po­si­tion as E.W. Scripps’ CEO and pres­i­dent to Adam Sym­son, the com­pany’s for­mer COO and digital chief. Boehne, 61, is still very much vested in the com­pany he has been part of for 29 years.

Sean Ruth has been named re­gional vice pres­i­dent of pro­duc­tion for McClatchy’s Cal­i­for­nia news­pa­pers and will be based at The Sacra­mento Bee. Ruth was the for­mer vice pres­i­dent of pro­duc­tion-op­er­a­tions for Mor­ris Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

The Pine Bluff Com­mer­cial an­nounced Teresa Hicks as the new pub­lisher. Hicks joins the pa­per as se­nior group pub­lisher for South­east Arkansas, which in­cludes the Stuttgart Daily Leader, the New­port In­de­pen­dent, the Arkadelphia Daily Sift­ings Herald, the Hot Springs Vil­lage Voice, the Hope Star, the White Hall Jour­nal, the He­ber Springs Sun-Times, the He­lena Daily World, the Van Buren County Democrat and the Bastrop News, among oth­ers.

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