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GUY GANNETT PUBLISHING NAMES PRESIDENT AT PORTLAND NEWSPAPERS

 GUY GANNETT PUBLISHING NAMES PRESIDENT AT PORTLAND NEWSPAPERS
 PORTLAND, Maine, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Christopher M. Harte, 44, has been named president of the Portland Newspapers, effective June 29. The announcement was made by James B. Shaffer, president and CEO of Guy Gannett Publishing Co., which owns the Portland Newspapers. Shaffer said Harte's appointment is the result of a nationwide search.
 Harte, who will report to Shaffer, will be responsible for all business operations and the journalistic content of the Portland Press Herald, circulation 74,318 and the Maine Sunday Telegram, circulation 144,161. He succeeds Stephen A. Braver, general manager of Portland Newspapers, who earlier this year announced plans to leave the company. Braver is assisting Shaffer and Harte with the management transition.
 A native of Hanover, N.H., Harte will come to Portland from Akron, Ohio, where he is president and publisher of the Akron Beacon-Journal, a Knight-Ridder newspaper with daily circulation of 156,297 and Sunday circulation of 224,436. Harte has been with Knight-Ridder, Inc. for nine years. Harte's earlier Knight-Ridder assignments include president and publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., and assistant to the publisher of the Miami Herald. He began his newspaper career as a political reporter for the Associated Press in Austin, Texas, in 1972, and worked at the Austin American-Statesman prior to joining Knight-Ridder.
 Earlier in his career, Harte worked as deputy campaign manager in Florida for Ed Muskie's 1972 presidential campaign.
 "I enjoy Maine, and I look forward to contributing to these fine newspapers that are so important to the state," Harte said. "I am also pleased to join the impressive team of media professionals at Guy Gannett Publishing Co. Steve Braver and his colleagues have established good momentum, and it will be a pleasure to build upon this."
 Jean Gannett Hawley, Guy Gannett chairman and publisher, commented that Harte's title of "President of Portland Newspapers" is new to the company and is intended to reflect a more accurate description of his responsibilities. "Chris will have total authority over the operation of the papers, subject to chain-of-command supervision by Jim Shaffer, the holding company president, and the board," she said.
 The Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram recently received "Newspaper of the Year" awards from the New England Newspaper Association. "We are pleased with the direction of these newspapers," Shaffer said, "and we feel fortunate to have an executive of Chris Harte's calibre to lead our flagship property. Chris is well regarded in our industry, and his wealth of experience will be a great asset."
 Harte comes from a well-known newspaper family. His grandfather, Houston Harte, was the co-founder of Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc. Today, Harte-Hanks owns media properties nationwide, including print, broadcast and service businesses.
 In Akron, Chris Harte was active in the United Way, and served on the boards of the Akron Art Museum and Akron Symphony. In Maine, he is currently treasurer of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and has served on the board of trustees since 1984.
 "Chris is a bright and hard-working newspaper executive. He built a strong management team in Akron, and he led successful efforts to improve the Beacon Journal and its operations. He'll make a major contribution in Portland, and I wish him well," said Knight-Ridder Vice President/Operations Jay T. Harris.
 Harte has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. His wife, Kay Wagenknect-Harte, is a landscape architect/planner who currently practices with Planning Resources, Inc., in Cleveland. The Hartes will relocate to Portland this summer. They have one son, William, age four.
 In addition to the Portland Newspapers, Guy Gannett Publishing owns two other daily newspapers in Maine: the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel in Waterville. The company also owns four television stations: WGME-TV, NewsChannel 13 in Portland; WGGB-TV in Springfield (Mass.); KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids (Iowa); and WICS-TV in Springfield (Ill.). Other properties include: the Gannett Tower Company in Miami and Christmas (Fla.); Minnesota Sun Publications, a group of 23 non-dailies in suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul; and Shakopee Valley Printing, a commercial printer also in the Minneapolis area. The company has approximately 1,700 employees.
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