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Publishers: In South Dakota, Mark Roby has been named publisher of the Watertown Public Opinion. The paper was sold this month by its owners of 92 years, the Way and Lowrie families, to United Communications Corp. of Kenosha, Wis. A Watertown native, Roby had been publisher of the Muscatine Journal in Iowa since 1996. Roby's father, Joe Roby Sr., was business manager of the Public Opinion for 31 years. ...

Executive offices: In Florida, Michael LaBonia has been named vice president and advertising director of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, a Tribune Co. newspaper. LaBonia moves from New Orleans, where he was vice president and general manager of Tribune's two television stations there. ... In Michigan, Dan Smith has joined 21st Century Newspapers Inc. of Pontiac as vice president for community newspapers. Smith moves from Georgia, where he had held the same title at Morris Communications Corp. of Augusta; previously he worked for Stauffer Communications Inc. and Donrey Media Group. ...In Nevada, Chris Rohland has been named national advertising director of Greenspun Media Group of Las Vegas. For the last two years, Rohland was publisher of Las Vegas Weekly and had been the paper's advertising director for 18 months before that. Earlier he had been advertising director of Fort Worth Weekly in Texas. Greenspun Media also owns the Las Vegas Sun, six other weekly newspapers and magazines, the web site and the Las Vegas ONE all-news cable channel. ... In New York, Kenneth Bronfin has been named president of Hearst Interactive Media, a division of the Hearst Corp. Bronfin joined the unit as senior vice president and deputy group head in 1996; previously he held a series of executive posts with various divisions of NBC. ... Also in New York, Jennifer Dolan has been named vice president for forest products of the New York Times Co. Dolan had been executive director of the Forest Products Group since May 2000, the most recent in a series of financial management posts she has held at the Times Co. since 1979. ... In Ohio, Tim Peterman has joined the E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati as vice president of corporate development. A certified public accountant, Peterman had been with USA Networks Inc. for three years, most recently as chief financial officer of the cable television division; previously he held financial management posts at Sinclair Communications Inc. and Tribune Co. ... In Virginia, Frank Spasoff has been named director of internal audit at Gannett Co. Inc. of McLean, leaving Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP where he had been director of accounting and business advisory services. ... In Washington state, Randy Rickman has been promoted to general manager of Nickel Publications of Seattle, a unit of Lee Enterprises Inc. of Davenport, Iowa. Rickman joined Lee in 1979 as an apprentice pressman; he worked for the Los Angeles Times from 1984 to 1989, when he returned to Lee. Most recently he was general sales manager of Nickel. ...

Newsroom names: In Washington, D.C., Karen Timmons has been promoted to managing editor of the Scripps Howard News Service. Timmons, who joined the newsgathering unit of Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co. in 1995, had been assistant managing editor for news for two years. Timmons' previous experience includes several posts with United Press International and the Washington Times. ... #
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Title Annotation:Top management changes in newspaper industry
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Date:Mar 11, 2002
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