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Executive suite: At The McClatchy Co. of Sacramento, Howard Weaver has announced he will retire by year end; he has been the company's vice president of news since 2001. Earlier, Weaver served as the editorial page editor of the company's flagship Sacramento Bee from 1997-2001 and before that spent two years as a McClatchy executive focused on new media. Weaver started in newspapers as a reporter at his hometown paper, Alaska's Anchorage Daily News and worked his way up to editor of the paper. During that time, he worked on two Pulitzer Prize-winning projects. ... At Cox Enterprises Inc. of Atlanta, Ga., a reorganization effective Jan. 1 will pull Cox Newspapers, Cox Television and Cox Radio together under a new umbrella group called Cox Media Group Inc. and Sanford "Sandy" Schwartz has been named the new unit's president; previously, Schwartz was president of Cox Newspapers, a job he'd held since April. Earlier, Schwartz was president of Cox Auto Trader, a vice president of Cox Enterprises and a vice president of Cox Newspapers. He joined Cox as a features editor in Mesa, Ariz., in 1985 and was later general manager of the company's Texas paper, the Austin American-Statesman and after that held the same title at the company's flagship paper, the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Replacing Schwartz as the head of Cox's newspaper group will be Doug Franklin; previously, Franklin had been publisher of Florida's Palm Beach Post, a job he'd held since March. Earlier, he was president and chief executive of Cox Ohio Publishing and publisher of the Dayton Daily News, jobs he held for four years. A lifelong Cox Newspapers' employee who started out as a door-to-door circulation solicitor, Franklin served in accounting and business roles at Ohio's Springfield News-Sun and Texas' Longview News-Journal and later was general manager and chief operating officer in Dayton. Replacing Franklin in Florida will be Alex Taylor; previously, Taylor was publisher of the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colo., a job he'd held for 11 months. Earlier, Taylor spent six months as the paper's general manager and before that, was vice president and business manager at the Journal Constitution, a job he'd held for 30 months. Earlier in his career, Taylor was a reporter and editor the Austin and Colorado papers and was in auto ad sales at the Journal Constitution. Taylor is the great-great grandson of company founder James Cox. ... At GateHouse Media Inc. of Fairport, N.Y., Rick Rogers has been named regional publisher for the company's Missouri papers (Carthage Press, Neosho Daily News, Aurora Advertiser); previously, he was publisher of the Daily News, a job he'd held since April 2005. Earlier, Rogers was director of GateHouse's (then Liberty Media Group's) specialty publications division, and before that was news editor at KODE-TV of Joplin, Mo. Rogers spent four years at the Carthage Press, from 1998-2002, working his way up from sports editor to co-editor. ... At Ottaway Newspapers Inc. of Campbell Hall, N.Y. -- a division of Dow Jones & Co. Inc., which itself is a division of News Corp. -- Patrick Purcell has been named executive chairman; he remains owner and publisher of the Boston Herald, jobs he's held since 1994. Earlier, Purcell was a top executive at News Corp., having run the company's New York Post, Boston Herald (when News Corp. owned it) and Village Voice newspapers. Purcell started in newspapers at the New York Daily News in 1969. Purcell replaces Andrew Langhoff, who has been named publisher of the Wall Street Journal Europe and managing director of Dow Jones Consumer Media Group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Langhoff had run Ottaway since July. Earlier, he had been the division's senior vice president and general counsel, jobs he'd held since 2003. Before joining Ottaway, Langhoff was with Walt Disney Co., Virage Inc. and the New York law firm White & Case. ...

Publisher: At the Tahoe Daily Tribune in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Mary Jurkonis has been named publisher; previously, she was publisher of North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and director of specialty products at the Sierra Nevada Media Group division of Swift Newspapers of Reno (jobs she held six years and seven months, respectively). Earlier, Jurkonis was publisher of Swift's and and before that was did a four-year stint as major accounts manager at the San Francisco Newspaper Agency. Jurkonis has also been in ad sales management at the Fresno Bee and the Texarkana Gazette in Texas. ... #
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Date:Dec 8, 2008
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