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Executive suite: At the newly formed Midwest Division of Sandusky Newspapers (Ohio's Norwalk Reflector, Michigan's Grand Haven Tribune), Doug Phares has been named president; he remains publisher of Ohio's Sandusky Register, a job he's held since January 2005. Earlier, Phares was president and publisher of Leader Publications of Niles, Mich. (Niles Daily Star, Dowagiac Daily News, et. al) and before that worked at Illinois' Elgin Courier-News and Minnesota's Fergus Falls Daily Journal. ... At Gannett Co. Inc., Todd Mayman has been named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary; previously, he was vice president, associate general counsel, secretary and chief governance office, jobs he's held since 2003. Mayman joined Gannett ins 1993 as assistant general counsel and was later senior legal counsel. Earlier, Mayman was with the Washington, D.C. law firm, Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn. Mayman replaces Kurt Wimmer, who has resigned to become a partner at the law firm, Covington & Burling LLP. Also at Gannett, Barbara Wall has been named vice president and senior associate counsel; previously, she was vice president and associate general counsel. Wall has been with the company since 1985 and earlier was with the New York City law firm, Satterless & Stephens. ...

Publishers: At Mississippi's Laurel Leader-Call, Judith "Skippy" Haik has been named publisher; most recently, Haik was publisher of the state's Hattiesburg American, a job she'd held since 2003. Earlier, Haik had been the American's controller and before that was controller at The News-Star in Monroe, La. (both are Gannett papers). Haik joined the American in 1997 as assistant controller. ... At the Bellevue Reporter and Mercer Island Reporter in Washington State, Janet Taylor has been named publisher; previously, she was publisher at the Montana Standard in Butte, Mont., a job she'd held since 2006. Earlier, Taylor was ad director at The Missoulian in Missoula, Mont., for three years. An 18-year veteran of The Missoulian, Taylor started as a private party classified sales rep and worked her way up the ladder, to classified outside sales, major account sales and was named classified manager in 1990. ...

Gannettoids: At Gannett's USA Today, David Hunke has been named president and publisher; previously, he was president and publisher of the Detroit Free Press and chief executive of the Detroit Media Partnership (Gannett's joint operating agreement with MediaNews Group, owner of the Detroit News), jobs he'd held since 2005. Earlier, Hunke was president and publisher of Gannett's New York State operation, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, from 1999-2005 and before that was ad vice president at the company's Cincinnati Enquirer from 1992-1999. Hunke began his newspaper career in 1974 as an ad salesman at the Kansas City Star and later worked as ad director at the Miami Herald. Hunke replaces Craig Moon, who retired April 17; Moon had been publisher of USA Today since 2003. Earlier, he was an executive vice president in Gannett's Newspaper Division and from 1991-2002 was president and publisher of the company's Tennessean in Nashville. Before that, Moon was president of the Gannett's Piedmont Newspaper Group, ad vice president at the Enquirer and president and publisher of The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., and the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock. Also at USA Today, John Hillkirk has been named editor; previously, he was executive editor, a job he'd held since 2004. A founding journalist at USAT, Hillkirk served as managing editor of the "Money" section for nine years and before joining the national daily was a business reporter in Rochester and at the Valley Dispatch in Tarentum, Pa. Replacing Hunke at the Free Press will be Paul Anger; he will remain editor of the paper, a job he's held since 2005. Earlier, Anger was editor and vice president of Iowa's Des Moines Register and before that served as executive sports editor of the Miami Herald and editor and publisher of the Herald's Broward County publications. Replacing Hunke at the JOA will be Susie Ellwood; previously, she was executive vice president and general manager, a job she's held since 2006. Ellwood has been with the JOA since 1991, though she did two years at corporate as vice president for market development in 2004-2006. Earlier, Ellwood was vice president and marketing director at the Arkansas Gazette. Lastly in Detroit, Joyce Jenereaux has been named executive vice president; previously, she was senior vice president for finance, a job she's held since 2005. Jenereaux has been with the JOA since 1990 and served six years as vice president and controller. ...

Courant currents: At the Hartford Courant and WTIC-TV of Hartford, Jeffrey Levine last week was named senior vice president for content, with the paper's editor and the TV station's news director reporting to him directly; previously, he was vice president of content for Tribune Florida (since 2007) and vice president of marketing and interactive at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale and a vice president at Tribune Interactive (since 2003). Earlier, Levine spent five years as marketing director at Newsday and before that was program director at WBAB-FM of Babylon, N.Y. In light of this change, Clifford Teutsch announced today he is leaving as editor and vice president of the Courant, a job he'd held since 2006. Earlier, he was the paper's managing editor for 12 years. Teutsch is a 29-year veteran of the paper, and has been a beat reporter, politics editor and assistant managing editor. Barbara "Bobbie" Roessner also announced today she was leaving as managing editor, a job she'd held since 2006. A 30-year veteran of the Courant, Roessner was a bureau reporter for the paper and later did a 10-year stint as columnist, moving into management first as a writing coach and then, in 2000, as deputy managing editor. ...

Editors: At Arizona State University's Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Linda Austin has been named executive director; previously, she was editor and vice president at The Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky., a job she'd held since early 2007. Earlier, Austin was executive editor of The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., managing editor of The News and Record of Greensboro, N.C. and before that had worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer (where she was business editor), the Dallas Times-Herald, the Straits Times in Singapore and North Carolina's Winston-Salem Journal. Austin replaces the center's founding director, Andrew Leckey, who becomes a professor at the school. ... At Gazette Communications Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Steve Buttry has been named information content conductor; previously, he was editor of the company's Gazette, a job he'd held for a little more than a year. Earlier, Buttry was tailored programs director at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va., a job he held for three years. Before that, Buttry was a top editor at papers in Omaha, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa, Minot, N.D., Kansas City, Mo., and Shenandoah, Iowa. At The Gazette, Lyle Muller has been named editor; previously, he city editor of the paper. A 22-year Gazette veteran, Muller has worked as a bureau chief and senior editor and has covered Eastern Iowa for 32 of the last 34 years. "I spent two years in Minnesota but realized the foolishness of my ways and came home." ... At Mississippi's Hattiesburg American, the job of executive editor has been eliminated and Kathleen Williams is out of a job; Williams had been the paper's top editor since summer 2005. Earlier, she was senior editor for metropolitan news at Florida's Tampa Tribune, a job she held for three years. Williams has had a varied career, with stops in Binghamton, N.Y., Cleveland, Ohio, Asbury Park, N.J., and California papers in Fresno and Walnut Creek. In addition she was the executive editor of Upside Today, a daily news technology publication, for a year. The paper's managing editor, Dan Davis, will run the newsroom. ...#
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Title Annotation:Doug Phares joins Sandusky Newspapers; Todd Mayman joins Gannett Company Inc.
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