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Gannettoids: At Gannett's Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., John ("Mike") Craft has been named president and publisher; previously he was publisher of The Times in Shreveport, La. Earlier in his career, Craft was president and publisher of Tennessee's Jackson Sun. ... Taking Craft's place in Shreveport is Larry Whitaker; previously he was president and publisher of The Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Ind. In Marion since 2000, Whitaker joined the company in 1989 at the Arkansas Gazette and worked at papers in Gainesville, Ga., Springfield, Mo., and Asheville, N.C. ... Whitaker's opening in Marion will be taken by Emmett Smelser, who will also remain as publisher of the Star Press in Muncie, Ind., a job he's held since 2001. Smelser joined Gannett at The Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind., in 1968 and served as publisher there as well as publisher at Ohio's Marietta Times. ...

More Scripps' script: At Indiana's Evansville Courier & Press, Jack Pate has been named publisher; previously he held the same job at Texas' San Angelo Standard-Times. A 25-year veteran of Scripps' newspapers, before going to San Angelo in 2000, Pate was an ad executive in Evansville for more than a decade and also worked in Hollywood, Fla., and Pittsburgh, Pa. ... At California's Ventura County Star, Timothy Gallagher has been named president and publisher; previously he was the paper's president and editor. With the Star since 1995, Gallagher has been an editor at New Mexico's Albuquerque Tribune and Texas' El Paso Herald-Post (all are Scripps papers). ...

Front office: At the San Francisco Chronicle, Ian Murdock has been named senior vice president and business manager; previously he was vice president for digital media of Hearst Newspapers of New York City. Before moving to HQ, Murdock was the new media director of the company's Texas paper, the San Antonio Express-News. ... # >ET
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Title Annotation:Clarion-Ledger appoints John Craft; Evansville Courier Company Inc. appoints Jack Pate; San Francisco Chronicle appoints Ian Murdock
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Date:Jun 28, 2004
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