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Executive suite: At Boone Newspapers Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Todd Carpenter has been named chief executive officer; he remains president, a job he'd held since 2004, as well as remaining owner of Carpenter Newsmedia LLC, a business that owns 14 newspapers which are managed by Boone Newspapers. Carpenter was named chief operating officer of Boone in 2004, was publisher of its Natchez Democrat in Mississippi from 1998-2006 and was a Boone group president from 2001-2004. He joined Boone in 1993, working as regional circulation manager and general manager in Andalusia, Ala. Carpenter, a second-generation newspaperman, started his career at the Tuscaloosa News in 1983, working in the mailroom and in circulation while in high school and college. Carpenter replaces James Boone Jr., who remains executive chairman of Boone Newspapers; he'd been chief executive of Boone Newspaper since its founding in 1970. Boone, also a second-generation newspaperman, was publisher of the Tuscaloosa News from 1968-1985 and earlier was publisher of Virginia's Suffolk News-Herald. ... At Hearst Newspapers' Digital Marketing Services and its LocalEdge small-business Internet consulting operation in New York City, Stacie Grueser has been named vice president of customer experience and operations; previously, she was senior director of strategy and operations, a job she'd held for six months. Grueser joined Hearst 10 months ago as strategy and operations director after 5-3/4 years with Yodle Inc. of New York City, where she rose from sales operations manager to sales operations director. She started her career in 2005 at the then-Sterling Testing Systems of New York City as marketing manager and later was sales initiatives director. ... At Civitas Media LLC of Davidson, N.C., Jesse Mullen has been named corporate pagination director; previously, he was pagination director at the company's Miamisburg, Ohio, production hub, a job he'd held for 15 months. In 2012-2013, Mullen was general manager and editor of Iowa's weekly West Liberty Index. Mullen started his career as a freelance writer and photographer for Wyoming's Newcastle Newsletter Journal in 1999 and later was with Wyoming's Saratoga Sun. From 2005-2007, Mullen was publisher of the weekly Seaside Signal in Oregon and for the following two years he was with Wyoming's Laramie Boomerang as a copy editor, night editor and headed the redesign. In 2009-2010, Mullen edited the Rawlins Daily Times in Wyoming and from 2010-2012, he was the editor and general manager of Washington state's Shelton-Mason County Journal. ...

East coast publishers: At Halifax Media's Highlands Newspapers in Florida (The News-Sun of Sebring, Lake Placid Journal, Highlands Journal, et al.), Glen Nickerson has been named president; previously, he was publisher and ad director of the Charlotte Sun in Port Charlotte, Fla. Nickerson had been with Sun Coast Media of Port Charlotte since 1998 as an advertising and circulation executive. ... At Florida's Tampa Media Group (Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Tribune, TBO.com, et al.), Brian Burns has been named publisher; he remains vice president of sales and advertising, a job he's held since November. From 2012-2013, Burns was vice president of digital publisher relations at Adiant LLC of Somerville, N.J., and in 2010-2011, he was with North Jersey Media Group (The Record of Hackensack, et al.), first as interactive media director and then as vice president of digital. Burns started his career in 2004 at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as an interactive media account executive, and later was classified new media business development manager and digital sales manager. ... At Ogden's Leader Herald of Gloversville, N.Y., Steve Herron has been named publisher; previously, he was publisher of the company's Minot Daily News in North Dakota, a job he'd held since 2010. Herron has spent his entire newspaper career with Ogden, running ad departments at the company's papers in West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois and at Ohio's Marietta Times. He replaces Patricia Beck, who retired after 17 years in the job and 34 years in the business. Beck started as a broadcaster in the early 1980s at Albany-market radio stations WMVQ-FM and WKOL-FM. Later, she was with The Recorder of Amsterdam, N.Y., as a talk-show host on its then-cable TV station, working in the advertising department as well. Beck joined Ogden in 1990 at its The Intelligencer of Wheeling, W.Va., as ad director, moving back to upstate New York after six years to run the company's Leader Herald. ... At GateHouse Media's The Observer-Dispatch of Utica, N.Y., Terry Cascioli has been named publisher; previously, he was chief revenue officer of Times Publishing Co. of Erie, Pa., a job he'd held for 1-3/4 years. From 2010-2012, Cascioli was vice president of sales and marketing of the Erie Times-News. He started his career in 1984 as an ad salesman with ADVO Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. From 1994-1998, Cascioli was with Ohio's Dayton Daily News and from 1998-2011, he was with Knight Ridder's Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. (Inquirer and Daily News) as retail manager. He later spent five years with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cascioli replaces Donna Donovan, who retired at the end of March after 23 years as president and publisher of The Observer-Dispatch. Donovan started her career with Gannett in 1974 as a reporter and editor at its The Courier-Dispatch in Somerville, N.J., and became editor in Utica in 1981, a job she held for three years. Donovan moved to the company's Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1984 as publisher and was publisher of its Burlington Free Press in Vermont from 1986-1991. GateHouse acquired the Utica paper in 2007. ...

Publisher appointments: At Schurz Communications' Advocate Communications of Danville, Ky., (The Advocate-Messenger, Winchester Sun, Jessamine Journal, Interior Journal, et al.), Larry Hensley has been named president and publisher; previously, he was chief financial officer of the company's Petoskey News-Review in Michigan and publisher of Petoskey's PhoneGuide Community Telephone Directory, jobs he'd held since 2007 and 2008, respectively. From 1995-2007, Hensley was with the Quayle family's Huntington Herald-Press in Indiana, rising to become controller and general manager. ... At Community Newspaper Holdings' Times West Virginian of Fairmont, W.Va., Kelly Miller has been named publisher and ad manager; previously, she was publisher of Paxton's The Courier-Times of New Castle, Ind., for 17 months. From 2008-2013, Miller was general manager of Paxton's The News-Examiner in Connersville, Ind. A 20-year newspaper veteran, earlier Miller was with Boone Newspapers in Michigan. In New Castle, Bob Hansen has been named publisher; previously he was editor of the paper, a job he'd held for eight months. From 2009-2013, Hansen was editor of the Connersville paper and in the two years previous, he was editor of Indiana's Noblesville Daily Times. From 2003-2005, Hansen was the op-ed editor at The Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind. Before joining the Richmond paper, Hansen and his wife Pat Hansen owned the weekly Indiana paper, the Hagerstown Exponent. ... At Wyoming News Group's Laramie Boomerang, Jeff Robertson has been named publisher; previously, he was group publisher for New Media Corp. and publisher of its Torrington Telegram, also in Wyoming, jobs he's held since 1999. From 2005-2011, Robertson led New Media's new media division. From 1992-1997, Robertson was editor of New Media's Rochelle News Leader in Illinois and from 1997-1999, he was general manager of its Mendota Reporter, also in Illinois. Robertson replaces Jerry Raehal, who has been named chief executive of the Colorado Press Association; Raehal had been publisher in Laramie for two years. From 2008-2012, Raehal was publisher of a Wyoming News Group sibling, the Rawlins Daily Times. Earlier, Raehal was editor of Colorado's Craig Daily Press for two years and before that was sports editor of the Daily Times from 2003-2005. ...

Front office: At Paxton's Wabash Plain Dealer in Indiana, Kelly Gretschmann has been named general manager and ad manager; previously, she was an ad account executive, a job she'd held for a year. Earlier, Gretschmann was with The Swiss Colony in Monroe, Wisc., where she worked in the merchandising department for almost eight years. Earlier still, she had a decade of direct-sales experience. Gretschmann replaces Andy Eads, who has been named consumer and digital sales manager for KPC Media Group Inc. of Fort Wayne (News Sun of Kendalville, The Star of Auburn, Herald Republican of Steuben, et al.); Eads had been publisher in Wabash since February 2013 and publisher of The Herald-Press in Huntington, Ind., since October 2008. Earlier, Eads was ad director at The Chronicle-Tribune of Marion, Ind., for a year and an ad salesman and ad director in Wabash from 1999-2008. ... At GateHouse's Missouri Lake Group (Lake Sun Leader of Camdenton, Rolla Daily News, St. James Leader-Journal, Daily Guide of Waynesville, et al.), Melissa Carroll has been named regional advertising and marketing director; previously, she was ad director in Camdenton, a job she'd held for 2-1/4 years. From 2007-2012, Carroll was vice president of Lake Printing Co. Inc. of Osage Beach, Mo., and in the previous 3-3/4 years, she was an account executive with Lo Profile magazine of Lake Ozark, Mo. Carroll started her career in 1995 as the fund development and communications director of the Heart of Missouri Council of the Girl Scouts of America Inc., and from 2003-2007, she was an account representative with Modern Litho Print/Brown Printing of Jefferson City, Mo. ... At Cox Media's Austin American-Statesman in Texas, Scott Pompe has been named vice president for advertising; previously, he was ad director at Gannett's Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., a job he'd held for just less than a year. From 2005-2012, Pompe was with Tribune Co. and its Los Angeles Times, where he served as general manager of Tribune Direct West, vice president and general manager of Times Community News and senior vice president for advertising and targeted media. Pompe started his career in 1992 at ADVO Inc., handling key accounts, and was vice president of business development at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 1996-2005. ... At the International New York Times, Helena Phua has been named executive vice president for Asia-Pacific out of its Hong Kong office; previously, she had been deputy managing director of Asia-Pacific operations, a job she'd held since 2008. Phua, who joined what was then the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong in 1989 as assistant to the circulation director, was circulation and development director for Asia-Pacific from 1999-2008. ...

New York newsrooms: At Bloomberg News of New York City, William Grueskin has been named executive editor for training; previously, he was dean of academic affairs of the graduate school of journalism at Columbia University in New York, a job he'd held for almost six years (Grueskin will remain a professor at the school). From 1995-2008, Grueskin was with the Wall Street Journal, where he rose from a Page One editor to managing editor of the paper's digital offerings to deputy managing editor for news. Earlier, Grueskin spent a decade at the Miami Herald, where he became city editor. He started his career as a reporter and editor at the Daily American in Rome, Italy, in 1975 and later was with the late Baltimore News American and Florida's Tampa Tribune. ... At NBC News in New York City, John Mancini has been named digital newsgathering director; previously, he was with The Associated Press for three years, as assistant managing editor for overnight operations at the wire service's New York Nerve Center and, most recently, global news manager. For six months in 2011, Mancini was news director at HollywoodLife.com. Earlier, he was transit reporter at NY1, the all-news cable channel in New York City, for six months. Before that, he had been executive vice president and editor at Newsday of Long Island, from 2004-2009. A 20-year veteran of Newsday, earlier Mancini had been assistant managing editor for New York City. A 35-year veteran newsman, Mancini has had stops at the Greenwich Time and Stamford Advocate in Connecticut, the New York Times, the New York Post and the Village Voice. ...

Newsroom names: At Digital First Media's Vallejo Times-Herald in Northern California, Jack Bungart has been named editor; most recently, Bungart was managing editor of the paper from 1998-2013. Bungart joined The Times-Herald in 1989 as a sportswriter and from 1996-1998 he was news editor. He started his career as a sports scribe at the nearby Napa Register in 1984. Bungart replaces Ted Vollmer, who resigned after 17-1/4 years running the Vallejo newsroom. Vollmer's career includes an 11-year stint as a reporter with the Los Angeles Times and eight years as news editor of the La Crosse Tribune in Wisconsin. ... At GateHouse Media Delaware (Dover Post, Hockessin Community News, Middletown Transcript, et al.), Sundra Hominik has been named executive editor; previously, she was with Gannett's Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La., for 18 months, where she served as entertainment editor and, most recently, entertainment, culture and multimedia content director. From 2011-2013, Hominik was a communications specialist at the Virginia Department of Transportation and from 2007-2011, she was senior editor for information and content at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Hominik started her career in 1994 as a reporter for The Associated Press, from 1995-2000 she was city editor of the Public Opinion of Chambersburg, Pa., and from 2000-2002, she was assistant city editor at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Hominik then spent 2-1/2 years as features editor of Gannett's News Journal in Wilmington, Del., and 2-1/4 years as managing editor of the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... At GateHouse's The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., Angie Muhs has been named vice president of editorial operations and executive editor; previously, she was with the Portland Press Herald and Maine Media Today for a little more than nine years, rising from assistant managing editor, to deputy managing editor, to managing editor, to executive editor for interactive, to her most recent job, audience engagement director. Muhs started her career as a reporter with the Miami Herald in 1990 and from 1994-2003 she was with Kentucky's Lexington Herald-Leader as a reporter and government editor. From 2003-2005, Muhs was metro editor of The State in Columbia, S.C. ...At Forum Communications' Brainerd Dispatch in Minnesota, Matt Erickson has been named editor; previously, he was night editor of the paper, a job he'd held for 18 months. Erickson started his career at the Dispatch straight out of college in 2000 and was a general assignment and crime and courts reporter. ... #
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