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NEBRASKA

Donald S. Smith has been named publisher of The Grand Island Independent. In addition, Smith will oversee the York (Neb.) News-Times and two free community newspapers. Smith has served as publisher of the Juneau (Alaska) Empire since January 2001. Prior to that, he was group publisher of the Morris Western Slope Publishing Group, a network of seven Colorado publications. Smith also was publisher of the Yankton (S.D.) Daily Press & Dakotan, and has worked for the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post and the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.

NEW YORK

Rich Galant to managing editor for news at Newsday in Melville. Galant has held various positions with the newspaper since 1970.

TEXAS

Renee Keintz to the position of features editor at the Houston Chronicle. Keintz joined the paper in 1990 as lifestyle editor. Previously, she worked for the former Houston Post and the San Angelo Standard-Times.

COLORADO

David A. Lewis has been named publisher of the Sentinel and Transcript Newspapers, and president and chief executive of Jeffco Publishing Co.

Stephen Keating has been named business editor of The Denver Post. Keating was employed by the Post as a business writer from 1994 to 2000.

FLORIDA

Bruce Faulmann has been promoted to vice president of The Tampa Tribune. Faulmann has served as the newspaper's advertising director since 2000.

KENTUCKY

Bob Childress has been named publisher of the Owensboro Messenger- Inquirer. Previously, Childress served as publisher of the Danville (Va.) Register & Bee.

LOUISIANA

David B. Petty has been named president and publisher of The News-Star in Monroe, La. Petty previously served as president and publisher of The Hattiesburg (Miss.) American.

NEW JERSEY

Dan Day has been appointed bureau chief of the Associated Press in Trenton. He succeeds Sally Carpenter Hale, who was appointed bureau chief for Pennsylvania.

NEW YORK

Daniel Okrent has been named to the newly created position of public editor at The New York Times. Okrent will write a biweekly column addressing issues of concern to readers and staff members. Sharon Waxman is the new Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Waxman was the Los Angeles-based Style section entertainment writer for The Washington Post.

Martin Dunn has been named editorial director of the Daily News. Dunn was the newspaper's editor from 1993 to 1996, and served as editor of the Boston Herald.

Les Payne, promoted to New York editor at Newsday, in Melville. Payne, who previously served as deputy managing editor for national, international and science news, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. Also, Phyllis Singer has been named the paper's first assistant managing editor for content development; Alex Martin has been made assistant managing editor for features; and Debby Krenek is the paper's first cross-media editor.

PENNSYLVANIA

Brian Whipkey, to managing editor of the Daily American of Somerset, from city editor. Whipkey assumes the duties of Editor James R. Oliver, who retired Oct. 31.

Robert Twesten, to advertising director for The Reporter, in Lansdale. Twesten has served as ad director for the Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Ill.

TENNESSEE

Tom Griscom has been named publisher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Griscom has been the newspaper's executive editor since 1999 and will continue in that position. Dan Nausley has been named president of the Free Press. Nausley became vice president and general manager of the Free Press in 1996.
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Title Annotation:hiring and firings
Author:Moynihan, Shawn
Publication:Editor & Publisher
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 3, 2003
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