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.