Diane Turbyfill promoted to Shelby Star managing editor

Diane TurbyfillDiane 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.

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StarNews Editor Pam Sander promoted to regional editor

Pam Sander

Pam Sander

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.

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Vince Bodiford named new Monroe News publisher


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.

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Rich Jackson named Times-News executive editor

Burlington Times-News

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.”

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BridgeTower Media acquires Color Magazine

BridgeTower Media, a leading provider of local and regional business information, events and marketing services, today announced the acquisition of Color Magazine, a premier publication focused on publishing and events for diverse business professionals. Based in Boston, Color Magazine was founded in 2007 by Josefina Bonilla.

As part of the transaction, Bonilla was named chief diversity officer for BridgeTower Media, in addition to continuing her role as Color Magazine’s president. Her responsibilities include growing and expanding Color Magazine’s content and programs. Bonilla will also identify new opportunities to highlight diversity across the publishing and event platforms at BridgeTower and GateHouse Media, BridgeTower’s parent company.

“Corporations are increasingly seeing the value of a diverse workforce and are looking for ways to reach, retain and recruit employees that better reflects today’s broader population,” said Bonilla. “By joining BridgeTower Media, we will have additional resources and capabilities to deliver even more diverse content and leadership development opportunities. We are excited to leverage BridgeTower’s publishing and event platforms to bring bigger, bolder and more diverse offerings to our readers, advertisers and sponsors.”

“Josefina is a visionary leader who saw a critical need in the marketplace to advance diversity, and over the course of 10 years, she has successfully elevated the conversation across the business landscape,” said Adam Reinebach, President and CEO, BridgeTower Media. “As a member of our executive team, Josefina will have additional resources and capabilities to grow Color Magazine and expand its mission across our properties. We’re excited to have her join our team, and we look forward to expanding Color Magazine and its diversity programs.”

Over the course of its nearly 10-year history, Color Magazine has featured topics and themes important to professionals of color and has highlighted hundreds of leading diverse business professionals in its content and at their events. Color Magazine hosts three signature events each year: The Women of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference, the Men of Color Leadership and Empowerment Conference and the All-Inclusive Awards, an evening to honor those who are dedicated to diversity and inclusion within their careers.

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BridgeTower Media is a leading provider of business information, events and marketing services for the legal, financial, construction and government sectors in more than 20 local and regional markets across the United States. In addition to providing subscribers with content relevant to their daily professional activities, BridgeTower has a research unit focused on employee satisfaction, lead generation services and live events centered on awards and education.

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GateHouse Media acquires Dix Communications newspapers

Dix ComGateHouse Media recently acquired Dix Communications, which publishes newspapers in northeastern and east-central Ohio.

The acquisition includes five daily and 18 weekly publications, including The Daily Record, the Record-Courier, The Alliance Review, the Times-Gazette and The Daily Jeffersonian. In addition to the print publications, the acquisition includes a number of niche publications, websites and a commercial printing operation.

Jim Hopson, who recently served as the interim publisher in Columbus, Ohio, has been appointed interim Group Publisher of GateHouse North-Central Ohio and will oversee the new division.

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Brian Burns named new Ledger Media Group publisher

Brian BurnsBrian Burns was recently named as the new publisher of the Ledger Media Group in Lakeland, Florida, which publishes The Ledger and the News Chief.

Burns previously served as the publisher of the Tampa Tribune, and has also worked as a vice president of digital publisher relations at and as the director of interactive media and vice president of digital operations in New Jersey. He began his career in publishing as digital manager and director of business development for the Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh after earning a degree in computer science from Penn State.

He also has a degree in fire science from Oakland University in Michigan and worked as a firefighter before an injury and desire for a career change led him to the media industry.

Burns plans to move to Polk County with his wife, Shawna, and their three children after the end of the school year.

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Rustan Burton named new Columbia Daily Tribune publisher

Rustan BurtonRustan Burton was recently named publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Missouri.

Burton has over eight years of experience in the newspaper industry and most recently served as the publisher of the Juneau Empire in Juneau, Alaska.

Burton grew up in Idaho and lived in Utah, Colorado and South Dakota before moving to Alaska. He, his wife Anna, and their four children will make the 3,100-mile move to Columbia at the end of the school year.

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Mike Distelhorst named Coastal North Carolina group publisher

Mike DistelhorstMike Distelhorst was recently named as GateHouse Media’s Coastal North Carolina group publisher.

In this new role, Distelhorst, who already served as the publisher of three GateHouse papers in eastern North Carolina — the Jacksonville Daily News, the New Bern Sun Journal and the Kinston Free Press — will take on the role of publisher of the StarNews in Wilmington.

Distelhorst grew up in southeast Iowa and graduated from Iowa’s Central College with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

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David Adams named new publisher of central Illinois papers

David Adams

David Adams

David Adams was recently named as the new publisher of GateHouse Media newspapers in central Illinois.

He will oversee nine daily papers, including The Register-Mail in Galesburg, the Canton Daily Ledger and the Pontiac Daily Leader and the Star Courier in Kewanee, in addition to 20 weeklies and 10 shoppers.

Adams has 14 years of media advertising sales experience with a strong background in digital sales, including leadership roles in direct mail, online directory business, radio and most recently newspapers.

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