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Beehive state: At the Deseret Media Cos. in Salt Lake City (Deseret News, KSL-TV, KSL-AM, KSL-FM, et al.), a raft of changes. Christopher Lee has been named publisher of the News; previously, he was vice president of digital at the newspaper, a job he'd held for 18 months. Earlier, he was chairman and chief executive at Heritage Makers Inc. of Provo, Utah, a job he held for five years. Earlier still, he was with in 2004-2005 and with from 1999-2002. Even earlier, Lee was a management consultant at Monitor Co. of Cambridge, Mass. Paul Edwards has been named editor of the News; he remains editor of the "Opinion" and "Faith" sections of the paper, jobs he's held for a year. Earlier, he was executive vice president and provost at Southern Virginia University for 5-1/2 years and earlier still was president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. for 3-1/2 years. In 1999-2002, he was vice president of Arlington, Va.'s Institute For Humane Studies and from 1994-1999 he was an assistant professor at Brigham Young University. He started his professional career as a clerk to Judge Cecil Poole, of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Rick Hall has been named Utah editor; previously, he was managing editor of the News since 1998. Hall started his career at the News as a copy boy while still in high school in 1974. Later, he was a local-news and sports reporter, state editor, city editor and Olympics editor. Lastly, Doug Wilks has been named managing editor of the entire news division, including newspaper, radio and TV; previously, he was breaking and regional news editor at The N.Y. Times Co.'s Santa Rosa Press Democrat in Northern California. Wilks joined the Santa Rosa paper in 1998 and served as city editor and a founding editor of Savor Wine Country Magazine. From 1996-1998, Wilks was city editor of Gannett's Marin Independent Journal in Novato, Calif., and from 1989-1996, he was city editor and then managing editor at the Napa Valley Register, also in Northern California. He began his journalism career as a reporter and then editor at the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah. ...

Publishers: At CNHI's Goshen News in Indiana, Ron Smith has been named publisher; previously, he was publisher of the company's nearby Washington Times-Herald for 11 years. Smith started his career as a circulator at The Tribune-Star in Terra Haute, Ind., and became circulation director at The Commercial-News in Danville, Ill. Smith replaces Jim Kroemer, who retired; Kroemer had held the job since 2007. Earlier, he was publisher of Kentucky's Winchester Sun for almost two years. Earlier still, Kroemer spent four years as editor and publisher of Indiana's Martinsville Reporter-Times and the Mooresville-Decatur Times, five years as publisher of Indiana's Auburn Evening Star and the Kendallville News-Sun and 18 years as the general manager of the Auburn and Kendallville papers. ... At the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership's Alamogordo News in New Mexico, Carol Burgess has been named general manager; most recently, she was the paper's ad manager. Burgess joined the paper in 2006 as a salesperson; she left in May for family reasons. Burgess replaces Michael Bell, who retired; he'd held the job since 2007. Earlier, he had been general manger of Colorado's Sterling Journal-Advocate. Earlier still, the 24-year veteran of the business was general manager of the Daily Times in Farmington, N.M., and served as an ad executive and publisher at papers in Las Cruces, N.M., Silver City, N.M., Blackfoot, Idaho and Devils Lake, N.D. ... At amNew York, Manhattan's free commuter daily published by Long Island's Newsday, Paul Turcotte has resigned as publisher; he'd held the job since March 2010. Earlier, he was acting president at HartStreet Productions of New York City. Earlier still, Turcotte was senior vice president of ad sales as Sirius XM Radio for 18 months, and before that was with Hachette Filipacchi Media, as senior vice president of digital sales and integrated marketing, for almost five years (at the same time he served as publisher of Hachette's late Premiere Magazine). Turcotte's career also includes stops at Rodale, Ziff-Davis, Times Mirror Magazines and Playboy. ... #
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