GALESBURG — GateHouse Media announced Tuesday that Scott Carr has been hired as publisher of The Register-Mail.
Carr began Wednesday, and he replaces Tony Scott, who had been publisher since 2007.
Carr also will be the group publisher for GateHouse’s western Illinois publishing group.
Subscribers can expect to see changes to The Register-Mail this year, Carr said, including an updated, cleaner website.
“I think there will absolutely be changes in 2016,” Carr said. “I think the exciting thing is we don’t know what those changes are yet. But we are a company that is on the cutting edge.”
Tony Scott announced Dec. 8, 2015, that he would be leaving The Register-Mail on Jan. 4. He is now vice president of business development for the Illinois Press Association and associate director of the National Newspaper Association.
“I took the job because it was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Scott said Wednesday.
The Register-Mail has performed well during the past eight years, he said, despite major shifts in the media landscape.
“GateHouse Media was very good to me, and I am proud of my tenure there,” Scott said. “The last eight years or so have presented some challenges in this industry, and Galesburg was certainly not immune to those challenges. But through it all, The Register-Mail has consistently been recognized as one of the best small daily papers in the state.”
Carr grew up in Cincinnati and has been working in the sales and marketing side of the newspaper business for over 10 years.
He began working in sales in 2004 for American Community Newspapers in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He then transferred to Dallas, and in 2010, he began working for the The McClatchy Company in Ft. Worth, Texas.
In 2012, he became regional sales director of American Consolidated Media, and in 2013, became an advertising director for Gannett in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Most recently, Carr has been the group publisher for GateHouse Media in southern Illinois for the last nine months.
Carr will be relocating to western Illinois with his wife and three children, and plans to work out of the Galesburg office.
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