Ellis Smith was recently named as the new general manager of The Hawk Eye in Burlington, Iowa.
He most recently served as digital editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, where his work garnered several industry awards and he was also part of the paper’s “The Poverty Puzzle” reporting project, which earned the Free Press a finalist position for the Pulitzer Prize.
He is a graduate of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia, where he was editor-in-chief of the college’s newspaper, the West Georgian, and also produced a daily live newscast UTV-13.
For more information, visit The Hawk Eye.
Denise Robbins was recently named as GateHouse Media’s new Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing.
Robbins brings 20 years of success in developing multichannel marketing, strategic partnership and innovative consumer revenue programs to the role, and will be responsible for GateHouse Media’s consumer marketing strategy and revenue growth. This includes both print and digital subscriptions and the development of new consumer-driven revenue streams. In addition to working closely with corporate and field circulation leaders, she will partner with GateHouse’s content, product and strategy teams on the development of new products and services.
“As we continue our effort to achieve year-over-year revenue growth, it is essential that we both optimize our traditional newspaper circulation revenue and develop new consumer revenue streams,” said Kirk Davis, CEO of GateHouse Media. “Denise’s experience, using consumer insights and data to drive business strategy, will be a significant asset for us.”
Most recently, Robbins served as Executive Director/Consumer Revenue for The New York Times, where she led acquisition marketing and customer experience for the newspaper’s print subscription business. She previously served as VP and Corporate Director for New Bay Media, an NYC-based private equity portfolio of more than 60 music and consumer electronics publications. In this role, reporting to the CEO, she had responsibility for consumer revenue across the enterprise. Robbins launched her career in a variety of marketing positions with specialty publishers, beginning in circulation marketing at Dow Jones/IDD enterprises.
Matt Leclercq was recently named as the new executive editor of The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Leclercq began at the Observer in 1999 as a community news intern and has since held multiple positions at the newspaper, most recently as the managing editor, a position he has held since 2014.
“Matt is the perfect fit in leading the Observer newsroom moving forward,” Publisher Bob Gruber said. “The time he has spent in Fayetteville gives him a unique understanding of the market from day one. He has a great understanding of both our platforms of print and digital. I am excited to have Matt join the executive team at the Observer.”
Leclercq holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a native of New Orleans and grew up in Arkansas and western North Carolina.
For more information, visit the Observer.
The Fayetteville Observer‘s Monica Vendituoli was recently offered one of 10 Emerging Journalist Fellowships from the Journalism and Women Symposium, an organization dedicated to supporting women in journalism.
The fellowships are offered to newer journalists and include attendance at the organization’s three-day Conference and Mentoring Project in Arkansas in October, where fellows focus on strengthening core skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in the evolving media industry and empowering female journalists.
Vendituoli, who has been a crime and public safety reporter at the Observer since December 2015, has proven herself to be a talented journalist. She recently produced a series covering the growing local trends of opioid abuse and human trafficking that lead to her being a co-moderator of a community forum involving local law enforcement, district attorneys and victim advocates, and most recently has reported on a loophole in North Carolina sexual consent laws that gained national attention.
She was awarded a 2017 Walter Spearman Award for Outstanding Writing from the North Carolina Press Association.
For more information, visit the Journalism and Women Symposium.
Donald Blount was recently named as the new editor of The Record in Stockton, California.
Blount has served as the newspaper’s managing editor for the last 12 years.
He will begin his new position May 20.
For more information, visit recordnet.com.
Bill Albrecht (Photo: Emily Spartz / Argus Leader)
Bill Albrecht was recently named as the new group publisher in the GateHouse Media Ohio group of papers that includes Canton, Massillon, Dover/New Philadelphia, Cambridge, Wooster, Ashland, Kent and Alliance dailies and all subsidiary products along with the full suite of digital assets.
Albrecht will also serve as the publisher of the Wooster Daily Record and the Ashland Times-Gazette.
Before to joining GateHouse, Albrecht held several executive positions within Gannett, and most recently served as president of Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Prior to that, he was the group president and publisher for the Media Network of Central Ohio and Publisher of the Newark Advocate.
He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a degree in mass communications, advertising and public relations. He has also been on the Newspaper Association Boards in both Ohio and Minnesota.
For more information, visit bit.ly/2naPUkh.
Diane Turbyfill was recently promoted to managing editor of the Shelby Star in Shelby, North Carolina.
Turbyfill will replace Gabe Whisnant, who has been promoted to head the digital news team at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in South Carolina.
She began working as a reporter for the Gaston Gazette in 2008, and also previously served as the editor of the Belmont Banner and as a reporter and editor at the Lincoln Times-News.
For more information, visit bit.ly/2nJeKa7.
StarNews Executive Editor Pam Sander was recently promoted to regional editor of GateHouse Media’s Costal Carolina Group of publications.
Sander, who has served as executive editor since September 2012, will continue to oversee the StarNews and will expand her duties to include the Jacksonville Daily News, Kinston Free Press, New Bern Sun Journal and several weekly publications.
For more information, visit bit.ly/2n44HtI.
Vince Bodiford was recently named as the new president and publisher of the Monroe News in Michigan.
Bodiford has more than 34 years in the newspaper, media and marketing business. He started his career as an advertising executive for the Needles Desert Star in California. His ambitions led him to acquire and operate several newspapers in Texas, Colorado and Nebraska.
He spent five years working for Cabela’s, helping them with marketing and branding before accepting a position at The Arizona Republic, where he was the strategic advertising sales manager. Most recently, Bodiford served as the group publisher for the Orange County Neighborhood Newspapers in Orange County, California.
For more information, visit monroenews.com.
Veteran journalist and editor Rich Jackson has been named executive editor of the Times-News in Burlington, North Carolina.
Jackson began his newspaper career 25 years ago as the crime reporter for the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen in Wisconsin. He has since served as an editor at six different newspapers, most recently at The Derrick and The News-Herald in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
Jackson has seen more than 200 awards go to reporters and other news staff under his leadership, and in 2009, the Hoosier State Press Association named him Indiana’s Best Newspaper Columnist.
“Rich is a very community oriented editor who I believe he will help lead our news team into an ever-changing news and media environment,” Paul Mauney, publisher of the Times-News, said. “Based on his experience, I believe that Rich will help us become even more engaged in and reflective of the communities we serve every day.”
For more information, visit bit.ly/2mpMZlG.