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Shrader returns to Telegraph as publisher

By Kelsey Landis klandis@civitasmedia.com ALTON — Jim Shrader rejoined The Telegraph team as publisher Wednesday. Shrader comes from a storied background in advertising and publishing, having worked for multiple publications since his start in advertising sales in 1979 at the Granite City Journal, now known as the Granite City Press-Record. He served as advertising director…

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Ed Martin named new publisher of Williamson Daily News
Ed Martin named new publisher of Williamson Daily News

By Kyle Lovern – klovern@civitasmedia.com WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – West Virginia native Ed Martin has been named publisher of the Williamson Daily News. The announcement was made by Bud Hunt, regional director of Civitas Media’s Mountain region, the newspaper’s parent company. Martin also will serve as assistant regional director – West Virginia, with oversight of Civitas…

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Koenders named publisher of Sedalia Democrat
Koenders named publisher of Sedalia Democrat

Denny Koenders was named publisher of the Sedalia Democrat by Civitas Media LLC., the Democrat’s parent company. Koenders comes to the Sedalia Democrat from its sister newspaper, the Altus (Oklahoma) Times where he also served as the publisher and general manager. Koenders is a veteran newspaper man who has served as a publisher, general manager,…

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Doug Olsson named publisher of Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Doug Olsson named publisher of Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

Doug Olsson, a long-time news executive, will succeed Walt Lafferty as publisher of the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. Walt Lafferty has been named senior vice president of finance and administration for Civitas Media.   Doug most recently was a senior group publisher for GateHouse Media’s properties in Missouri. He previously was vice president of advertising sales…

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Lafferty named Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration
Lafferty named Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration

Wilkes Barre Times-Leader Publisher Walt Lafferty has been named senior vice president of finance and administration for Civitas Media.   In this position, Walt will assume a broad range of responsibilities, which includes our finance departments in both Davidson, N.C. and Miamisburg, Ohio.   Walt replaces Jeff Sherman, who stepped down as CFO.   Walt…

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Civitas newspapers win 31 AP Ohio awards
Civitas newspapers win 31 AP Ohio awards

Newspapers and journalists from Civitas Media publications in Ohio won 31 awards in the Ohio Associated Press awards ceremony, held Sunday in Columbus. The recognition was for work produced in 2014 and came from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association, comprised of Ohio daily newspapers and broadcast stations that are members of the worldwide…

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Thomason named publisher of LaGrange Daily News
Thomason named publisher of LaGrange Daily News

Rick Thomason, a veteran newspaperman with 35 years’ experience as a reporter, editor, publisher and consultant, has been named publisher of the LaGrange Daily News and the Thomaston Times.   The announcement Monday was made by Kent Kilpatrick, Carolinas’ regional director for Civitas Media, the newspaper’s parent company.   “We are pleased to have Rick…

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Organizational Announcements – Carolinas Region

We are pleased to make the following announcements:    Nathan DiBagno has been named publisher of The Mount Airy News and assistant regional director for the Carolinas’ Division Northern Region for Civitas Media. DiBagno’s career has been devoted to the newspaper industry, working in advertising, news, and circulation. He previously worked in several roles, including…

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Chip Turner named general manager in Russellville, Leitchfield and LaFayette

Chip Turner has been named general manager of the News Democrat Leader in Russellville, Ky., the Grayson County News Gazette in Leitchfield, Ky., and the Macon County Times in LaFayette, Tenn. The announcement was made Friday, April 17, 2015, by Bud Hunt, regional director for Civitas Media. Turner has been serving as business development manager…

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Cynthia Orr named general manager for Middlesboro, Harlan and Tazewell

Cynthia Orr has been named general manager of the Middlesboro (Ky.) Daily News, the Harlan (Ky.) Daily Enterprise, and the Claiborne Progress in Tazewell, Tenn. The announcement was made Friday, April 17, 2015, by Bud Hunt, regional director for Civitas Media. Orr has been serving the past two years as regional business development manager for…

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