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Scott Smith Named to Succeed Dennis Bookey at Morris Anchorage Media Group

AUGUSTA, GA – December 4, 2014:  Scott Smith has been named general manager of the Anchorage Media Group, Alaska, succeeding radio veteran Dennis Bookey who is retiring.  The announcement was made by Craig Mitchell, senior vice-president of Morris Communications Co. and Morris Radio Group.

Morris Publishing Group Names Rona Johnson Publisher of MPG Alaska

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dec. 2, 2014: Rona Johnson has been named publisher of Morris Publishing Group Alaska, encompassing the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaska Equipment Trader and the Alaska Star weekly newspaper. The appointment was announced by Les Simpson, regional publisher for Morris Publishing Group, LLC, and publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News. 

New Chief Information Officer Named for Morris Communications Co.

AUGUSTA, GA — November 10, 2014 — Andrew Young has been named chief information officer of Morris Communications Company, it has been announced by William S. Morris III, Chairman and CEO. Young will be responsible for information management and company-wide strategic planning and deployment of information technology. 

Morris Publishing Group Names Richard Brashear General Manager of Main Street Digital

Morris Publishing Group, LLC has announced it has named Richard Brashear as General Manager of Main Street Digital, Morris’ digital marketing services start-up company. As general manager, Brashear will lead growth strategy for Main Street Digital and  over see the sales, operations, product development implementation and the management of the national fulfillment and retention teams.

ABH Media Names Maggie Louie Vice President of Audience

ATHENS, GA— September 22, 2014 — Morris Publishing Group today announced that Maggie Louie has been named vice president of audience for ABH Media, the Athens Banner-Herald and onlineathens.com.  This senior-level position will focus on building a powerful community voice by growing the news, audience and digital efforts.

Morris Communications Announces Print Operation Consolidation in Texas

Augusta, GA – September 4, 2014 - Morris Communications announced today the consolidation of its press operations in Lubbock, TX and Amarillo, TX. The consolidation will be completed in two phases spanning the first and second quarters of 2015, resulting in a joint printing operation located at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal building.

The project includes upgrading of equipment, new automation and controls that will replace the existing presses, providing quality improvements, increased color capabilities and the ability for the company to grow its commercial printing business. 

Morris Publishing Group Announces Launch of the Vilonia Eagle

Augusta, GA – AUGUST 20, 2014 - Morris Publishing Group, LLC announced today the launch of a new weekly publication, the Vilonia Eagle in Vilonia, AR. 

The publication, along with the website viloniaeagle.net, is a product of the Log Cabin Democrat and Log Cabin Media.  Zach Ahrens, President of Log Cabin Media and publisher of both the Log Cabin Democrat and the Vilonia Eagle, pointed out that the Eagle will attempt to share the character of the area it covers.

Vitto Kleinschmidt to Succeed Retiring Publisher Stan Pitlo at Peninsula Clarion

AUGUSTA, GA – June 23, 2014:  Vitto Kleinschmidt has been named publisher of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska, succeeding Stan Pitlo, veteran newspaperman who is retiring.  The announcement was made by Derek May, executive vice-president of Morris Publishing Group.

Pitlo began his career in advertising at the Anchorage Times and worked in broadcasting and advertising before coming to the Peninsula Clarion in 1993.   He was promoted to publisher in 1999 and has continued to serve in that role since announcing his retirement earlier this year. 

Morris Publishing Group Announces Acquisition of the Tell-N-Sell Shopper, Inc.

Augusta, GA – May 29, 2014 - Morris Publishing Group, LLC announced today the acquisition of the Tell-N-Sell Shopper, Inc., a publishing company based in Savannah, GA., that produces the Tell-N-Sell Shopper, and a Hispanic publication named La Voz Latina.

Morris Communications Promotes Martha Jean McHaney to Senior Vice President

AUGUSTA, GA — April 22, 2014 —Morris Communications, LLC announced today the promotion of Martha Jean McHaney to senior vice president of human resources and labor for the company.

McHaney has been with Morris since 2000 having previously held top human resources positions at the Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, Ark.), The Denver Post (Denver, Colo.), and The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) McHaney also served as vice president of administration at Westward Communications in Dallas.

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