J. David Ake, deputy bureau chief for visual journalism at e Associated Press Washington bureau, has been promoted to director of photography for the AP.
NorCal Community Newspapers’ (NCN) Division Publisher Jim Gleim announced the appointment of Jack F. K. Bungart to the position of group editor, Solano County Publications. In this capacity, Bungart will serve as editor at e Reporter in Vacaville and e Times-Herald in Vallejo (California). Gleim also announced the appointment of Melissa Murphy, currently managing editor at e Reporter, to lead the newsroom at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, NCN’s largest property.
e Poynter Institute announced Tom Jones as its new senior media writer. Jones, an award-winning Tampa Bay Times sports columnist, will join Poynter in January.
Wanda Moeller has been appointed editor/publisher of El Defensor Chieftain (New Mexico). She succeeds Scott Turner, who recently announced he will join the newsroom at the Albuquerque Journal.
Moeller has worked in virtually every aspect of operations during her 35-plus years in the newspaper industry.
Josiah Pollard Rowe III, who formerly owned and published his family’s newspaper, e Free Lance-Star, and served as Fredericksburg (Virginia) mayor, died recently at his home. He was 90. Rowe grew up setting linotype for the newspaper after school, and could recite a linotype keyboard horizontally and vertically long afterward. When their father died in 1949, Rowe and brother Charles were called home to manage the newspaper. Under the Rowes’ leadership, e Free Lance-Star’s circulation grew from 6,437 to a high of 50,000 as a seven-day newspaper, and the business was expanded to include WFLS radio and fredericksburg.com.
John Hale has been named publisher of the Herald-Star (Ohio) and e Weirton Daily Times.
Samuel E. “Sam” Roberts, 87, third-generation publisher of e Lincoln County News (Newcastle, Maine) from 1966 to 1992, has died.
e News Advertising Coalition has named John Newby executive director. Newby previously served as publisher of e Muskogee Phoenix (Oklahoma) and e Times (Ottawa, Illinois). Prior to that, he honed his skills in circulation and marketing at e Dispatch and Rock Island Argus (Moline, Illinois) and across several properties in Utah and Iowa. He is also the founder of the 360 Media Alliance, a newspaper trade organization with a focus on audience and distribution innovation.
Elizabeth Walters and Chris Kie er have been named to lead the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s news department. Walters will serve as daily editor and digital editor, while Kie er was named opinion editor and Sunday section editor. ey will work together to divide the executive editor responsibilities.
Nicole Carroll, editor in chief of USA Today, has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced. e 19-member Pulitzer Board comprises mainly leading journalists or news executives from media outlets across the U.S., as well as ve academics or people in the arts.
James Strauss, the former publisher of the Great Falls Tribune, has been named the publisher of the Missoulian and the Ravalli Republic newspapers. Strauss succeeds Mike Gulledge, who announced in September he was leaving Lee Enterprises due to health concerns. Gulledge was a company vice president and publisher of e Billings Gazette, as well. Strauss resigned from the Tribune in April after serving 15 years as president and publisher of Great Falls Media, which is owned by Gannett. He was executive editor of the media company from 1995 to 2003.
Edwin Eisendrath, the former alderman who partnered with labor unions and others to buy the Chicago SunTimes last year, resigned as CEO of Sun-Times Media in late October. Eisendrath expanded the paper’s digital and video journalism, increased newsroom diversity and presided over the sale of the Chicago Reader after controversy involving the alt-weekly’s management and sta .
Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully has died at 49.
Tim Grieve, vice president of News for McClatchy, announced that he would step down from his position following the midterm elections. He will be moving to a “new venture in the media space,” according to a statement from McClatchy. As vice president of News, Grieve oversees the company’s newsrooms and news strategies.
Todd Sears was named president and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, becoming the seventh person to serve in that role in the newspaper’s history. is marks a return to BH Media Group for Sears. He served as vice president of advertising and revenue development at the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2014 to 2016. Before that, he was director of advertising at the Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey. Both publications are part of BH Media Group.
John J. Jordan III has been named vice president of Digital for BH Media Group. Jordan will be charged with leading the transformation of BH Media’s news and advertising organizations with a digital- rst approach that will increase audience and revenue. Jordan most recently served as executive vice present of partner development with Vendasta, a Canadian provider of digital marketing service.
Joe Battistoni has been appointed general manager of e Times Media Co. (Munster, Indiana). Battistoni joined e Times in 2014 and has served as vice president of sales and marketing since 2015. Battistoni will continue as Times vice president of sales and marketing and will now work more closely with the circulation and operations departments.
Rob Galloway has been named publisher of e RecordCourier (Gardnerville, Nevada). Galloway also serves as publisher of e Tahoe Tribune in South Lake Tahoe.
Jim Kirk has been named to the newly created position of publisher and executive editor of Crain’s Chicago Business.
Lee Enterprises announced that Davis Taylor would become publisher of the Napa Valley Register in Napa effective Nov. 1. Taylor will continue to serve as publisher of
e Sentinel in Hanford, California. He succeeds Brenda Speth, who has left the company. Taylor was named publisher of e Sentinel in 2013 after serving as sales and marketing director for Gannett’s Times-Delta Media Group. He also was a director of national, local and target marketing sales teams at e Seattle Times.
e Poynter Institute announced that Katy Byron, former Snapchat managing editor and CNN producer, is the organization’s rst MediaWise editor and program manager. MediaWise is a multifaceted project aimed at helping teenagers sort fact from ction online. Poynter launched MediaWise in March with an investment from Google. org and partnerships with the Stanford Graduate School of Education History Education Group, Local Media Association and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).
Stacy Briggs, a former editor at e Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times (Pennsylvania), has died at 74.
Donald R. Seaton, who followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a steward of community newspapers in America’s heartland, has died at the age of 77. Seaton, who was familiar with Hastings Tribune (Nebraska) operations from the time he was a boy, o cially started his career with the newspaper in 1967. He became associate publisher in 1971, then publisher in 1974 following the death of his father, Fred A. Seaton.
Shannon Casas, a member of e Times (Gainesville, Georgia) newsroom sta for 12 years, has been named as editor in chief for the paper and its website. Casas most recently was director of content for e Times, having previously served as managing editor, metro editor and assistant life editor. She replaces Keith Albertson, who left the newspaper earlier this month after a 33-year career with e Times.
At its 133rd annual meeting in Chicago, the Inland Press Association elected Doug Phares, COO of Sandusky Newspapers in Sandusky, Ohio, as its president for the 2018–2019 term. Cory Bollinger, vice president of pub-
lishing for Schurz Communications in Mishawaka, Indiana, was elected the association’s president-elect. At the same meeting, the Inland Press Foundation elected Jeremy Halbreich, the CEO of AIM Media Management in Dallas, Texas, as president for the 2018–2019 term. Other elections were also held at the meeting.
Tyler Miller, publisher of the Independent Record in Helena and the Montana Standard in Butte, stepped down from that position to pursue other opportunities in the Helena area. He has been replaced by Anita Fasbender, who joined the Independent Record in 1991.
Jerry Wolkowitz, a longtime EMT and journalist, has died nearly six months after a brutal, allegedly racially motivated beating left him on life support. He was 56. Wolkowitz was a freelancer who often contributed to the Asbury Park Press (New Jersey).
Tom Wiley has been named president of Capital Newspapers and publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal, taking over for John Humenik. Lee Enterprises owns half of Capital Newspapers, which publishes the State Journal, e Capital Times and several other newspapers. Humenik, who served double duty in Madison as publisher of the State Journal and Lee vice president of news, will now be vice president of news full time. He will continue to work out of Madison. Wiley has been Lee's corporate director of sales and marketing since 2017, his second stint with the company after joining Lee in 2003, becoming vice president of sales for media operations in St. Louis from 2005 to 2010.
e Associated Press has appointed Julie Tucker, a marketing executive with extensive experience in media, to head the news agency’s global marketing operations.
Houston Chronicle executive editor Nancy Barnes, who led the newspaper to its rst Pulitzer Prize, has been named senior vice president of News for National Public Radio.
Linda Kay, a pioneering Chicago Tribune sportswriter and columnist, died after a bout with cancer. She was 66.
Matt DeRienzo has been named vice president of news and digital content for Hearst Connecticut Media. DeRienzo will be overseeing the group’s eight daily and 13 weekly newspapers, along with their 21 news websites.
Robert C. “Bob” Tong, who began delivering the Marin Independent Journal (California) as a paper boy and went on to become an award-winning photojournalist and head of the photo department, recently died. He was 58.
Dave Gilmore has been named vice president of sales for imPRESSions Worldwide. Gilmore will be responsible for sales in North America and will remain based in Southern California.
Robert Pinarski has been named general manager of the Observer-Reporter (Pennsylvania). e announcement came from Perry Nardo, regional publisher for Ogden Newspapers. e company recently took ownership of the Observer-Reporter. Pinarski previously served as publisher of the Herald-Standard of Uniontown and the Greene County Messenger in Waynesburg. Carole DeAngelo has been named advertising director at the Observer-Reporter.
Grace Dalmolin has been promoted to Observer-Reporter digital marketing manager. Dalmolin works for the company her family owned for 116 years. “I was excited to join the family newspaper, but I also wanted to be involved with something new,” said the daughter of Tom Northrop, the longtime publisher of Observer Publishing, which has been sold to Wheeling-based Ogden Newspapers.
e Albany Herald (Georgia) has appointed Carlton Fletcher editor of e Herald and AlbanyHerald.com, and sales trainer Heather Harrison has been promoted to retail sales manager.
Michael McCarter has been named executive editor for the Evansville Courier & Press and Henderson Gleaner (Indiana). He succeeds former editor George Spohr, who died in July from cancer at age 37.
Karen Andreas has been elected president of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association. Andreas Is regional publisher of e Salem News and North of Boston Media Group,