By the time George Cogswell, president and publisher of The Commercial Appeal, finished announcing that Louis Graham would become the newspaper’s new editor, many employees began standing and cheering, according to the CA’s report on the naming of the new boss.
Cogswell moments earlier Monday referred to “the campaign” by many inside and outside the newsroom to persuade him and the newspaper’s corporate parent, Scripps Howard, to make Graham, 56, the successor to Chris Peck, who retired March 17 after more than 10 years leading the newsroom.
Graham, managing editor since 2011 and interim editor since Peck’s departure, was one of three finalists who interviewed last month. Cogswell quoted such words and phrases sent to him about Graham as “leadership” and “compassion” and “integrity” and “best boss I’ve ever had.”
“I have found him to be of the highest integrity and someone who truly cares about Memphis,” Cogswell said. “His 33 years at The Commercial Appeal will serve our readers incredibly well and will provide our newsroom with the leadership necessary to leap forward with our digital content platforms.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The editor of The Commercial Appeal is retiring after 11 years in the paper’s top position.
Chris Peck notified the staff Thursday afternoon.
Scripps newspapers Vice President of Content, Mizell Stewart told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/XMfhVc) managing editor Louis Graham will serve as interim editor. He said a national search for Peck’s replacement — both in and out of Scripps — will take place immediately aiming to hire a replacement within 90 days. Scripps is the parent company of the publication.
The paper hired Peck, 62, in 2002 to replace the retiring Angus McEachran.
Peck is a past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors and the current secretary of the American Society of News Editors.
Stewart said Peck would continue to contribute to the paper’s editorial pages
A state senator and her husband have filed a complaint in Wilson County Chancery Court against a newspaper publisher, according to the Macon County Times.
The complaint was filed by Sen. Mae Beavers and her husband Jerry Beavers on Dec. 29, 2011 and names Macon County Chronicle Publisher Kathryne Belle as the defendant. The complaint alleges that Belle borrowed $50,000 from Beavers at a rate of six percent interest on or about May 26, 2010.
Further alleged in the complaint is that Belle used the funds to purchase an interest in the Macon County Chronicle. Belle has allegedly made numerous payments on the loan but not all required payments and has failed to make payments that were requested of principle and/or interest, according to the complaint.
The complaint further alleges that Belle has refused to sign a written promissory note or to pledge adequate collateral for the loan.
Allegedly, Belle owes the Beavers a principle balance of $50,000 plus interest at the rate of six percent and failed to make the interest payment that was due on Nov. 15.
According to the complaint, Beavers and her husband seek compensatory damages in the amount of $50,000 plus pre- and post-judgment interest.
…When contacted by phone, Sen. Beavers declined to comment.
Lebanon attorney Keith Williams confirms that he has been retained to represent Belle.
“We will be filing an answer as soon as possible. Once we have filed an answer, we will state all of our defenses to this lawsuit filed by Sen. Beavers,” said Williams.
(HT: Sean Braisted, who, in turn, cites a Facebook post by former Rep. Susan Lynn, HERE.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessean announced Thursday that Maria DeVarenne has been named executive editor and vice president/news.
DeVarenne comes to The Tennessean, owned by Gannett Co. Inc., from The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. She was vice president/news at that A.H. Belo newspaper, which posted growth in its digital and print audiences during her 10 years there.
“I’m excited and honored to be joining The Tennessean, given its legacy for great journalism,” DeVarenne told the newspaper (http://tnne.ws/vOhEXy ).
“There is a strong, award-winning foundation to build on in the Nashville newsroom as we expand further with digital media to provide news and content any time on any device for the region and foster a greater connectivity throughout the community with social media.”
The Tennessean’s coverage of the 2010 Nashville flood was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news this year.
DeVarenne is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and a 2009 Fellow of the USC/Knight Digital Media Center.
She succeeds former editor Mark Silverman, who moved to the Gannett corporate staff in September.
Before joining The Press-Enterprise, DeVarenne worked for Gannett newspapers, including the San Bernardino Sun.
DeVarenne starts her new job Dec. 26.
From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:J. Todd Foster has resigned as executive editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press for personal reasons.
Jason Taylor, president and general manager of the newspaper, made the announcement to the newsroom staff this afternoon.
Foster had been named executive editor of the Times Free Press July 1, 2010.
He had previously served as editor of the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier and from 1985-89 had served as a reporter for the Chattanooga Free Press.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessean has announced that editor Mark Silverman is leaving the newspaper to join the Gannett Co. corporate staff.
Silverman, who has been Tennessean editor for about five years, is going to corporate headquarters in McLean, Va. He will be part of a Community Publishing Division team that works to strengthen the chain’s 81 local U.S. newspapers, The Tennessean said Tuesday.
Silverman was named Editor of the Year in 2010 by the National Press Foundation, and The Tennessean’s coverage of the Nashville flood was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news this year.
Silverman previously was editor of Gannett newspapers in Detroit; Louisville, Ky.; and Rockford, Ill., and at Gannett News Service.
Gannett’s holdings include USA Today, newspapers in Britain and 23 TV stations.