Patrick Dorsey named Austin American-Statesman publisher

Patrick Dorsey

Patrick Dorsey has been named publisher of the Austin American-Statesman, replacing Susie Biehle, who recently announced her retirement. Dorsey will continue in his role as regional vice president of GateHouse Media’s Coastal Publishing Group, which includes the Statesman and more than a dozen newspapers across Florida and Alabama.

“Patrick is one of the strongest publishers in GateHouse. He is a passionate advocate for journalism and an effective champion for his staff,” said Bernie Szachara, president of GateHouse U.S. Newspaper Operations. “He is a strong community leader and a strategic executive who embraces changing business models, which is so critical today.”

Dorsey, a 25-year veteran in the media industry, has spent the last six years as publisher of the Herald-Tribune Media Group in Sarasota, Florida, including the past three as regional vice president of GateHouse Media’s Coastal Publishing Group. During his tenure, the newspaper won numerous national awards including a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times. Previously, he served as president and publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat for seven years and held various senior-level positions in finance for Gannett for 15 years.

“I am very excited to join the team in Austin. I am committed to delivering quality local journalism across all platforms and providing local marketing solutions to our business partners,” Dorsey said. “To be part of such an iconic, award-winning newspaper is an honor and a privilege.”

GateHouse Florida announces launch of ‘Inside Florida Politics’

GateHouse Florida, a group of major Florida newspapers owned by GateHouse Media, recently announced the creation of a statewide digital political reporting network called Inside Florida Politics anchored by a weekly audio podcast “Inside Florida Politics.”

Combining the reporting of The Palm Beach Post, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Florida Times-Union, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Lakeland Ledger, Gainesville Sun, Ocala Star-Banner, St Augustine Record, Leesburg Daily Commercial, Panama City News Herald and Northwest Florida Daily News, Inside Florida Politics will offer ongoing, in-depth political coverage for the state of Florida.

This lively podcast will be hosted by longtime Palm Beach Post political reporter George Bennett who will be joined each week by Sarasota Herald-Tribune political editor Zac Anderson and legendary State House Insider, John Kennedy in Tallahassee.

“This is an all-star lineup of the best political reporters in the business,” said Patrick Dorsey, president of the Coastal Group for GateHouse Florida. “We have digitally connected all of our newsrooms in Florida to bring our readers and listeners the most up-to-date political analysis in the state.”

“Inside Florida Politics connects each newsroom studio, so our reporters and editors can collaborate to bring on-the-scene reporting to the show,” said Rob Connelly, director of digital audio for GateHouse Media. “Our small, high-end broadcast studios connect together, across hundreds of miles to create this state-of-the-art program each week.”

The “Inside Florida Politics” podcast is released each Thursday and will be featured on every GateHouse Florida newspaper website and available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Tunein, Spotify and Amazon Alexa.

GateHouse papers join in support of free press

GateHouse Media publications joined The Boston Globe and hundreds of other newspapers across the country Aug. 16, 2018, by running editorials in support of journalists and denouncing the rhetoric of President Donald Trump, who has called the media industry “the enemy of the people” and repeatedly labeled negative coverage of his administration as “fake news.”

Read each paper’s editorial below:

Van Buren County Democrat, Clinton, Arkansas

North Little Rock Times, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Login Cabin Democrat, Conway, Arkansas

The Record, Stockton, California

Daily Press, Victorville, California

Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Florida

Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida

Panama City News Herald, Panama City, Florida

West Palm Beach News, West Palm Beach, Florida

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida

The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Florida

Ocala StarBanner, Ocala, Florida

The Ledger, Lakeland, Florida

Savannah Morning News, Savannah, Georgia

The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta. Georgia

The News and Farmer, Louisville, Georgia

Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois

The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois

Rockford Register Star, Rockford, Illinois

Galesburg Register-Mail, Galesburg, Illinois

Daily Ledger, Canton, Illinois

Ames Tribune, Ames, Iowa

Topeka Capital-Joural, Topeka, Kansas

Butler County Times-Gazette, El Dorado, Kansas

Garden City Telegram, Garden City, Kansas

The Hays Daily News, Hays. Kansas

Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas

Salina Journal, Salina, Kansas

The Newton-Kansan, Newton, Kansas

Wellington Daily News, Wellington, Kansas

The Courier, Houma, Louisiana

Thibodaux Daily Comet, Thibodaux, Louisiana

MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, Massachusetts

TheTelegram & Gazette, Worcester, Massachusetts  

The Fairhaven-Acushnet, New Bedford, Massachusetts

Milford Daily News, Milford, Massachusetts

Herald News, Fall River, Massachusetts

Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Wicked Local weekly groups, Massachusetts

Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Massachusetts

The Enterprise, Brockton, Massachusetts

Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Massachusetts

Provincetown Banner, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Sturgis Journal, Sturgis, Michigan

Holland Sentinel, Holland, Michigan

Cheboygan Daily Tribune, Cheboygan, Michigan

Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

Columbia Tribune, Columbia, Missouri

The Examiner, Independence, Missouri

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Foster’s Daily Democrat, Dover, New Hampshire

Burlington County News, Burlington, New Jersey

Monroe County Post, Canandaigua, New York

The Chronicle-Express, Penn Yan, New York

Times Herald-Record, Middletown, New York

The Herkimer Times Telegram, Herkimer, New York

StarNews Media, Wilmington, North Carolina

Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Gaston Gazette  Gastonia, North Carolina

The Hendersonville Times-News, Hendersonville, North Carolina

The Shelby Star, Shelby, North Carolina

Herald Tribune, Fayetteville, North Carolina

The Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio

The Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio

Times-Gazette, Ashland, Ohio

Record-Courier, Kent, Ohio

The Daily Jefferson, Cambridge, Ohio

The Alliance Review, Alliance, Ohio

The Repository, Canton, Ohio

The Independent, Massillon, Ohio

Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio

Shawnee News-Star, Shawnee, Oklahoma

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Beaver County Times, Beaver, Pennsylvania

Ellwood City Ledger, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

Erie Time-News, Erie, Pennsylvania

Bucks County Courier-Times, Levittown, Pennsylvania

The Intelligencer, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island

Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Sherman/Denison Herald Democrat, Sherman, Texas

Austin American Statesman, Austin, Texas

The Progress-Index, Petersburg, Virginia

GateHouse Media acquires Southern Kitchen from Cox Media Group

GateHouse Media and Cox Media Group recently announced that the operations of Cox’s Southern Kitchen, the Atlanta-based Southern food and lifestyle brand, have been acquired by GateHouse.

“We believe GateHouse Media is a great fit for Southern Kitchen — the GateHouse leadership team believes in the vision for the business, values the great work accomplished by our team and is excited about the opportunities ahead. Southern Kitchen is in good hands with GateHouse Media,” said Cox Media Group President Kim Guthrie.

GateHouse Media purchased The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News and Austin American-Statesman newspapers from Cox earlier this year.

“We’re pleased to announce another acquisition with Cox Media Group,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Southern Kitchen is a natural addition to our portfolio. It enhances the outstanding food and entertainment coverage featured in our local properties and will contribute to our growing food events business. We also see Southern Kitchen as a great platform for further developing our ecommerce capabilities.”

Cox Media launched Southern Kitchen in 2017 as a destination for the stories, recipes and heritage of food in today’s South. The site celebrates cooking and entertaining with a Southern flair and features an e-commerce store with curated products from national and niche brands and local artisans across the region.

GateHouse Media completes acquisition of the Akron Beacon Journal, sale of GateHouse Media Alaska Holdings assets

GateHouse Media recently announced that it has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the publishing and related assets of the Akron Beacon Journal from Black Press Ltd. for $16 million on May 11, 2018. In a separate transaction, Gatehouse has completed its sale of substantially all of the publishing and related assets of GateHouse Media Alaska Holdings Inc. to Black Press.

The Akron Beacon Journal has been the newspaper of record in Greater Akron for more than 175 years. It has a daily circulation of more than 68,000 and also offers the leading digital source of news for the local market, It has received the Pulitzer Prize four times and annually receives many accolades for its journalism. Akron is located in northeast Ohio and is the fifth-largest city in the state and is the county seat of Summit County. It has a low cost of living and strong retail sales, with both per capita income and median home values higher than the state average.

Original release at New Media.

Tony Bernados named president of Augusta Chronicle, Chronicle Media

From an original story by Augusta Chronicle staff.

Tony Bernados was recently named the new president of The Augusta Chronicle and Chronicle Media.

“We are excited to have Tony return to Augusta to lead our diverse media portfolio. He brings experience, a deep commitment to community and is well suited to lead The Chronicle team as we evolve and transform our products and services,” said Mike Traynor, Gatehouse Media Georgia Group publisher. “In his new position, Tony will be responsible for all facets of the day-to-day operations of The Chronicle and its portfolio of assets.”

Bernados will start in his new position June 5.

“Tony knows this business and he knows this community,” said Chronicle publisher William S. Morris III. “He’s done a great job in the past and he is poised to be a strong leader for our future.”

Bernados, a 19-year veteran of the media industry, has spent the last two years as president and publisher of Gatehouse Media’s St. Augustine Florida Record and 12 years with Augusta-based Morris Communications in key advertising and revenue roles. Prior to joining Morris, Bernados held executive positions with Scripps Howard, Evening Post Publishing Company and Block Communications.

“Like many before me, I am committed to delivering quality local journalism across all platforms and providing top of the line marketing solutions to serve the needs of the community. To be part of a brand that has been reporting news and providing information for 233 years is both an honor and a privilege,” Bernados said. “I am extremely excited to return to the CSRA and serve a community that has been so good to me and my family over the years.”

In St. Augustine, Bernados has served as campaign chair for the United Way and is on the board of directors for the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and St. Johns Volunteers. He also is a Flagler College School of Business Advisor and a member of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine.

Bernados and his wife Donna have three children: Ethan, Gavin and William J.

Read the original story here.

Paul Gaier named publisher of Peoria Journal Star

From an original story by Journal Star staff.

Paul Gaier was recently named the new president and publisher of the Peoria Journal Star and

“I am excited to work with such a talented group of media professionals. Our focus will be to serve the greater Peoria community with an eye toward growing our franchise while working with local businesses to thrive,” said Gaier, who was previously publisher of the Rockford Register Star, which he will continue to oversee in his new role as president of GateHouse’s Illinois operation. GateHouse Media has 33 publications in Illinois, including 14 daily newspapers.

Gaier led the Rockford market for the past several years of growth. Under his leadership, the Register Star was named one of 10 newspapers that “Do It Right” by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2017. He has been with GateHouse Media since 2012, when he joined the Peoria Journal Star as director of advertising.

Gaier, who had roles with the United Way, the Economic Development Council and Leadership Council in Rockford, plans to be engaged in the Peoria community. “I want to play a role in helping to make Peoria a better place to live,” he said.

He said he is extremely committed to the Journal Star’s role as the community’s watchdog. “I grew up in the newspaper business and lived with it my whole life,” he said. “I’m committed to our role in supporting the First Amendment.”

Gaier is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and minor in marketing.

Read the original story here.

Vince Bodiford named publisher at The Daily Telegram

Original text by The Monroe News staff

Vince Bodiford

Vince Bodiford, president and publisher of The Monroe News, was recently named publisher of The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan.

The Telegram, Lenawee County’s daily newspaper, and The Monroe News are owned by GateHouse Media.

“Vince is a strong leader and has heavy experience with involvement in the local community,” said Orestes Baez, group publisher and president of Gatehouse Media, Michigan. “He has owned and operated his own papers and will bring a fresh set of eyes to our Adrian property and products.”

The Adrian publisher position was restructured, allowing Bodiford the opportunity to lead both publications. Michigan has four publishers overseeing 10 print and digital properties across the state.

“This is a great team of people and, like them, I am committed to ensuring that The Daily Telegram is a strong community voice and partner,” Bodiford said.

Bodiford is married with two grown children and four grandchildren.

His interests include boating, the outdoors, antiques and fine art. He also is an auto enthusiast.

He joined The Monroe News in March 2017.

Read the original story here.

Akron Beacon Journal sold to GateHouse Media

The Akron Beacon Journal’s owner, Black Press Ltd., recently announced the sale of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Akron Beacon Journal and its website to GateHouse Media, which owns multiple publications in Ohio including The Columbus Dispatch and The Canton Repository. Sound Publishing Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Black Press Ltd., bought the Beacon Journal in 2006.

“We have provided stewardship of the Beacon Journal for the past 11 years and are extremely proud of the quality of journalism and the role the newspaper plays in the community,” said Rick O’Connor, president and CEO of Black Press. “However, the Beacon Journal is geographically located too far from our other publications for us to provide the kind of leadership the paper needs and community deserves.”

Black Press publishes 100 community publications in British Columbia and Alberta, and 63 daily and community publications in Washington, California and Hawaii. He said that Black Press officials, including owner and chairman David Black, who announced the sale, see the Beacon Journal as a perfect fit for New Media’s growing GateHouse Media Ohio group of publications.

Announcement of the sale comes the week before the Beacon Journal’s 179th anniversary. The first edition of the Summit Beacon appeared on April 15, 1839. It merged with the Akron Evening Journal on June 7, 1897, when the first edition of the Akron Beacon Journal rolled off the presses.

The Akron paper was owned by the Knight family for nearly seven decades starting in 1907, and then the Knight Ridder company beginning in 1974. That company sold the Beacon Journal to McClatchy Co. in 2006, which sold it that same year to Black Press of Surrey, British Columbia.

Legendary publisher John S. Knight, whose father, C.L. Knight, owned the paper before him, maintained an office at the Beacon Journal until June 16, 1981. On that day, John Knight found something in the paper he didn’t like and went to the newsroom to ask, “Who edits this newspaper?” He died later that day.

The Beacon won four Pulitzer Prizes between 1968 and 1994, including one in 1971 for its coverage of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University that resulted in four students being killed by Ohio National Guardsmen.

For more information, visit The Columbus Dispatch.

GateHouse Media partners with Triton Digital to enrich its online properties with on-demand audio

GateHouse Media LLC, one of the largest publishers of locally-based print and online media in the United States, recently announced a partnership with Triton Digital, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio industry. Through this partnership, GateHouse Media will utilize Triton Digital’s programmatic audio advertising marketplace, a2x, as well as its market-leading SSP, Yield-Op, to monetize curated collections of audio clips and podcasts across online properties. The partnership will provide advertisers through Triton’s a2x marketplace with access to GateHouse Media’s 43 million unique online visitors per month.

“Triton Digital’s intuitive technology, knowledgeable team, and unparalleled support makes them the perfect partner to power this innovative digital audio strategy,” said Rob Connelly, Director of Digital Audio at GateHouse Media. “The aggregation of local news, high school sports, division one sports, and political audio coverage into collections will provide our online audience with organized, easy-to-consume content, and advertisers with one-stop access to a highly-engaged, targeted, and community-focused audience.”

“The integration of digital audio into online news stories will undoubtedly provide a rich, unique, and increasingly engaging experience for consumers of that news,” said Stephanie Donovan, SVP, Publisher Development, North America, at Triton Digital. “We are proud to expand our support of GateHouse Media’s digital audio strategy, providing them with the tools and technology they need to seamlessly connect advertisers with this engaged and growing audience.”

In 2017, GateHouse Media reporters from across the country began curating audio content for embedding into its online news stories, including news actualities, recorded interviews, point of view soundbites, and podcasts from its star reporting talent. The infusion of audio content into online new stories has resulted in a more holistic and dynamic experience for local news consumers, and a unique opportunity for advertisers to reach this audience in a native, meaningful way.

GateHouse Media, headquartered in Pittsford, New York, is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc., which is focused primarily on investing in a high-quality, diversified portfolio of local media assets and on growing existing advertising and digital marketing businesses. GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 142 daily publications. As of December 31, 2017, GateHouse operates in 565 markets across 38 states. GateHouse Media’s portfolio of products includes over 600 business and community publications and over 560 websites, serves approximately 215,000 business advertising accounts, and reaches 22 million people on a weekly basis. For more information regarding GateHouse Media, please visit

Triton Digital is the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry. Operating in more than 40 countries, Triton Digital provides innovative technology that enables broadcasters, podcasters, and online music services to build their audience, maximize their revenue, and streamline their day-to-day operations. In addition, Triton Digital powers the global online audio industry with Webcast Metrics, the leading online audio measurement service that makes it easy for advertisers and brands to determine the best destination and time to reach their target audiences. Through unparalleled integrity, excellence, teamwork, and accountability, Triton Digital remains committed to connecting audio, audience, and advertisers to continuously fuel the growth of the global online industry. For more information, visit

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