Lynch­burg news­pa­per names new pub­lisher

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - BUSINESS -

The News & Ad­vance news­pa­per in Lynch­burg is get­ting a new pub­lisher.

Vet­eran news­pa­per ex­ec­u­tive Kelly Mirt has been named pub­lisher, ef­fec­tive June 1.

He re­places Robert E. MacPher­son, who is re­tir­ing af­ter a 34-year ca­reer in the news­pa­per busi­ness.

Mirt ar­rived in Lynch­burg on Mon­day and will work with MacPher­son and the news­pa­per’s staff on the tran­si­tion un­til June 1.

MacPher­son had been pub­lisher since May 2017. He was a long­time ex­ec­u­tive with the former Rich­mond-based Me­dia Gen­eral Inc., and worked in roles in­clud­ing pres­i­dent of its Vir­ginia com­mu­nity newspapers, pub­lisher of the Danville Regis­ter & Bee and a cor­po­rate vice pres­i­dent for hu­man re­sources.

He joined BH Me­dia Group in July 2014. The News & Ad­vance, like the Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch, is owned by BH Me­dia Group.

Mirt be­gan his ca­reer 36 years ago in the ad­ver­tis­ing depart­ment at The Wi­chita (Kansas) Ea­gle and con­tin­ued in lead­er­ship roles at some of the na­tion’s lead­ing dailies, in­clud­ing The Den­ver Post, Dallas Morn­ing News, The Tampa Tri­bune and The Char­lotte Ob­server. He was most re­cently pres­i­dent and pub­lisher of the Wi­chita Ea­gle.



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