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Bookstaver to retire at News-Leader

September 29, 2010

News-Leader staff • September 28, 2010

Linda Ramey-Greiwe will become president and publisher of the Springfield News-Leader effective Oct. 11, the Gannett Co. announced today.

Ramey-Greiwe will succeed Thomas Bookstaver, publisher of the News-Leader since 2002. Bookstaver today announced his retirement effective Oct. 8.

Ramey-Greiwe — pronounced Ray-mee Gry-vee — also will be West Group vice president for Gannett, with oversight responsibility for the U.S. Community Publishing markets in Mountain Home, Ark.; St. Cloud, Minn.; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

“What excites me is the impact we can have on a community and the things we can do,” Ramey-Greiwe said. “I’m excited to be coming back to Missouri.”

She is a University of Missouri home economics journalism graduate. She holds an MBA from Webster University. She and her husband have family outside St. Louis.

Since January 2008, Ramey-Greiwe has been president of the Newspaper Network of Central Ohio.

She has been active in the Newspaper Association of America and served on the Display Federation Board. She currently serves on her local United Way and YMCA board. She is also active in Rotary.

Ramey-Greiwe is an avid bicyclist and runner. She and her husband, Terry, have two children.

Ramey-Greiwe began her career with Gannett in Green Bay, Wis., in advertising. She also has worked in Rockford, Ill., Louisville, Ky., Palm Springs, Calif., and Phoenix, primarily in advertising roles, and as a publisher in Salinas, Calif.

“Linda is a native Missourian and we are delighted to welcome her back to the area. She’s an innovative and experienced leader and brings a customer-first focus,” said Laura Hollingsworth, West Group president of U.S. Community Publishing, and president and publisher of The Des Moines Register.

“Tom has had a terrific career at Gannett. He has played an important role in helping Gannett move forward and meet consumers’ changing needs. He has earned his retirement and we wish him well,” said Robert Dickey, president of U.S. Community Publishing. “He leaves a strong team in place and Linda will build on his successes, finding new ways to grow our business and better serve our customers.”

Bookstaver’s career with Gannett began in 1973 when he went to work as a computer programmer at the Marion, Ind., Chronicle-Tribune. He was a publisher at the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, Pa., the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va., the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser and the Post Crescent in Appleton, Wis., before coming to the News-Leader. He also was finance director at the Tennessean in Nashville.

Bookstaver is vice president of Gannett’s West Group. He was previously vice president of the company’s Midwest and Piedmont groups.

He’s seen plenty of changes in the industry over the years, but he believes newspapers still have a key role in communities.

“That’s the one thing that still has not changed. I need a credible resource to tell me what I need to know about my community,” he said.

He intends to stay in the Springfield area.

“I feel like I’m really blessed to wind up in a community like Springfield,” he said. “It’s just a great place to live.”

A high priority, he said, is going to be spending more time with family, “being with my family when they want me to be there, not when I can be there.”


Past general manager of Suburban Journals is News-Leader editor

July 6, 2010

David Stoeffler has been named executive editor of the News-Leader Media Group in Springfield.
A native of Wisconsin, Stoeffler has been a publisher, general manager or top editor at several publications, including the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, the Arizona Daily Star, the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star and La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune.
Recently he has operated a consulting business, and he has been a frequent speaker at industry events throughout the U.S.
As general manager of the Suburban Journals, Stoeffler was the top executive of a 400-employee company with 40 publications at the time, including 33 free weeklies plus specialty publications.
Stoeffler spent part of May in Egypt teaching newspaper leadership and management at Cairo University. He started work in Springfield on May 24. He has a long history of community involvement and plans to write a column and a blog.

Green Starts Up Entrepreneurial Blend

February 9, 2009

Dr. Nancy L. Green, President STL Distribution Services and Vice President of Circulation for Lee St. Louis, will head Nancy Green & Associates as Chief Executive Officer starting February 9, 2009.

“Today business and education leaders must work together nationally and regionally to leverage our technology, ground our resources, and lead our communities to healthy financial growth,” Green says. “In true entrepreneurial spirit, our company objective is to harness blended market energies for fiscal success. Developing customized smart economic drivers for public, business, and private entities is the primary mission of Nancy Green & Associates.

“As CEO, this is an opportunity to blend my strategic expertise, track record, and senior educational standing to lead multi-tiered platform initiatives. Partnership is the key to prosperity. I’ll look forward to continuously networking with my friends and colleagues across the country in strategic discovery and implementation projects as we master new economies.”

Green joined Lee in 2000 as Director of Circulation and served as Lee’s vice president-circulation. She was an architect of the company’s industry-leading success in driving circulation and retention from 2002 to 2008, and as publisher for the Courier in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa from 2004 to 2008 prior to moving to St. Louis.

Before joining Lee in 2000, she was a vice president in the University System of Georgia: vice president for advancement at Clayton State University and vice president for communications at Georgia G.L.O.B.E., the online learning initiative at the 34 institutions in the system.

Previously, she was assistant to the president of the newspaper division of the Gannett Co., Inc. and President and publisher of two Gannett newspapers, the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader and the Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind.

News-Leader changes include fewer sections, regional operations

February 6, 2009

The Springfield News-Leader in December started implementing a number of changes to reduce costs.
The number of color pages inside the newspaper has been reduced. The News-Leader has gone from six sections to four: the front page and main news, Voices, Sports and Life sections.
Gannett Co. Inc., the News-Leader’s owner, is projecting newsprint will cost 20 percent more this year.
The paper has consolidated its credit, circulation customer service and photo imaging into regional centers shared with other Gannett newspapers.
The paper has held the line on subscription prices and even offers discounts to subscribers who eliminate monthly billing costs by using a credit card in the EZ Pay program.
Staff cuts have been made, but the News-Leader has eliminated only one writing position, wrote Don Wyatt, executive editor.

ON THE MOVE – August 2008

July 22, 2008

Cape GirardeauJim Maxwell, formerly president and publisher of Pocono Mountains Media Group, has been named associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian. He also has been named vice president of operations for Rust Communications’ 18 daily and more than 30 weekly papers in eight states.
Maxwell joined the Cape Girardeau daily on July 2. For the next 18 months he will work with chief operating officer Wally Lage, who will transition to a consulting role in 2010, publisher Jon Rust said.
For the past eight years Maxwell has been an executive with Ottaway newspaper group, a division of News Corp.
Maxwell is a native of Oregon. He was a teacher and high school coach before entering radio and newspaper sales.
As publisher of the Pocono Record, he was recognized by the American Press Institute for his newspaper’s initiatives in mobile news delivery and the internet.
Maxwell and his wife, Patty, have one daughter, who attends school and works in the New York City area.

Jess Hamlet has joined the news staff of the Cedar County Republican. She’s been working as an athletic trainer at Citizen’s Memorial Hospital in Bolivar since graduating from Missouri State University in 2006.
Hamlet is a 2001 graduate of Stockton High School.

RichmondDennis Sharkey has been named news editor of The Daily News. Sharkey is a 2006 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville. He has been a reporter for Sun Publications in Johnson County, Kan., and for the Leavenworth Times.
Sharkey was editor-in-chief of the Northwest Missourian while at the university, and he was named 2006 Missouri College Media Association Journalist of the Year.

Concordia ‹ After serving as interim editor of The Concordian for several editions, Chris Post has been named editor of the weekly.
Post, a teacher at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, began working at The Concordian in May while publisher Shelly Arth looked for a permanent editor.
Post is a native of Missouri. He earned a degree from the University of Central Missouri. He lives on a small farm near Marshall with his wife, Callie, and their six children, which include brand new twins.

SedaliaJoshua D. Appleman, 32, has joined The Sedalia Democrat as an ad rep. He will work on print and online advertising programs for area companies.
Appleman is a graduate of Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia and has a degree in telecommunications management from DeVry Institute in Kansas City. He has more than 10 years of experience in sales.
Appleman and his wife, Jamie, have four children.

Springfield Marty Goodnight, 32, formerly a Kansas City Star ad executive, has been named advertising director of the Springfield News-Leader.
Goodnight joined the paper July 21. He succeeded Cheryl Lindus, who was named president and publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama.
After he graduated from Kansas State, the Wichita native began his advertising career at the News-Leader in 1998 as an ad rep. He left Springfield in 1999 and began a nine-year stint at The Star, where he recently was promoted to interim vice president of advertising.
Goodnight’s family lives in Rogers, Ark. The family of his wife, Kristin, lives in the south Springfield area. The Goodnights have an 18-month-old daughter.


July 15, 2008

€ Park Hills ‹ Jim York, publisher of the Park Hills Daily Journal for the past five years, has taken an executive management position in Cincinnati with The E.W. Scripps Co. He will lead the information technology group for Scripps’ 15 newspapers.
Before being named publisher in Park Hills, York was vice president of information technology for the former Pulitzer Newspapers, Inc. Lee Enterprises now owns the Pulitzer publications, including the Daily Journal.
Gary Berblinger, controller, has been named interim publisher in Park Hills.

€ Independence ‹ Sports reporter Dick Puhr, 75, and community reporter Frank Haight, 72, have spent nearly a half century each at The Examiner writing stories about local people. They retired this spring.
The Examiner held a public reception for the two on May 29.
Both of the reporters continue to work as correspondents, writing stories and weekly columns. Puhr started writing about local sports in 1959. Haight has been writing for The Examiner since 1961.
Puhr didn’t miss a day of work in 44 years until a kidney stone operation laid him up for a bit.

€ Concordia ‹ Chris Post was named interim editor of The Concordian in May. He is on summer break from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, where he is a professor of mass communications. He served as senior staff writer of The Marshall Democrat-News for eight years.
Post and his wife, Callie, live on a small farm outside Marshall with their four children. Post has a journalism degree from the University of Central Missouri and is working on a master’s degree through Eastern Michigan University.
Shelly Arth, owner/publisher of The Concordian, said she is searching for an editor for the weekly.

€ Dexter ‹ Mike McCoy has joined the news staff of the Daily Statesman. He is a native of Dexter and attended Westminster College in Fulton.
McCoy worked at the Statesman in the mid-1970s before moving to Arkansas. He has worked as editor and city editor for Graves Publishing Co. in Nashville, Ark., since 1982.
McCoy replaced Sacha Champion, who accepted a position nearer her Poplar Bluff home. He joins Corey Noles as a full-time writer for the Statesman.

€ Columbia ‹ Caroline Dohack has been hired as lifestyles editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune. She manages the Sunday section that carries fashion, fitness, travel, home décor and society news.
Dohack is a graduate of Doniphan High School. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, then transferred to the School of Journalism at MU.

€ Carrollton ‹ Klarissa Olvera, Carrollton, a junior at the Missouri School of Journalism, is working as a summer intern at the Carrollton Democrat.

€ Elsberry ‹ Mariah Suddarth, Elsberry, is working as a summer intern at The Elsberry Democrat. She’ll be a junior this fall at the Missouri School of Journalism.

€ King City ‹ King City High School student Megan Saeidi is interning at the Tri-County News for the third consecutive summer. She’ll be a senior this fall.

€ Springfield ‹ Cheryl Lindus, ad director for the Springfield News-Leader since July 2005, has been named president and publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Ala.
The News-Leader and the Advertiser are owned by Gannett Co. Inc.
Before joining the News-Leader Lindus was the ad director of the Hunting, W.Va., Herald-Dispatch and ad director of the Star Press in Muncie, Ind.
Gannett presented her with a President’s Ring in 2007 in recognition of her achievements.

Nancy Green will head Lee Enterprises circulation operations in St. Louis;

April 2, 2008

DAVENPORT, Iowa (March 27, 2008) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), publishing executive Nancy L. Green has been appointed vice president of circulation for Lee St. Louis and president of STL Distribution Services.

David Braton will succeed her as publisher of The Courier in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Green, who also served as Lee’s vice president – circulation since 2002, will oversee all Lee circulation operations in St. Louis, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis.

The Post-Dispatch has circulation of 265,000 daily and 420,000 Sunday. The Suburban Journals network of 31 weekly newspapers and other publications has distribution of more than one million copies a week.

“Nancy is one of the sharpest circulation experts in the industry,” said Kevin Mowbray, Lee vice president – publishing and publisher of the Post-Dispatch.  “She has spent a lot of time here over the last two years giving us good guidance, and we’re thrilled that she’s joining us as a full-time member of our team.”

Mary Junck, chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Nancy has been extraordinary as Lee’s vice president – circulation. Lee’s circulation performance has outpaced the industry, and Nancy has led the way for us. She has been innovative and energetic, and I am grateful to her  leadership. Since 2004, she’s been an excellent publisher of The Courier, as well.”

Green has been publisher in Waterloo since 2004. Before joining Lee in 2000, she was a vice president in the University System of Georgia. She was vice president for advancement at Clayton State University and vice president for communications at Georgia G.L.O.B.E., the online learning initiative at the 34 institutions in the system. Previously, she was assistant to the president of the newspaper division of the Gannett Co., Inc. She was publisher of two Gannett newspapers, the Springfield (Mo.)  News-Leader and the Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind. Before joining Gannett, she was general manager of student media at the University of  Texas at Austin and the University of Kentucky.  She received BA and MA degrees in journalism from the University of Kentucky and Ball State University and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2003.  She is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and the Ball State University Journalism Hall of Fame.

She is president of the Newspaper Association of America’s Circulation Federation, and a member of the NAA Postal Committee and Marketing Advisory Committee and the Audit Bureau of Circulations/NAA Liaison Committee. She is a board member of the Cedar Valley United Way, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, Great Cedar Valley Chamber of Commerce, Waterloo Industrial Development Association, Waterloo Rotary Club and Junior League of Waterloo/Cedar Falls.

“I’ve loved being in Waterloo, and I’m sad to be leaving my many friends and colleagues, but I’m excited by this opportunity to work with all the great people in St. Louis,” Green said. “Also, St. Louis has always been one of my favorite cities, and I have family there, too.”

In succeeding Green as publisher of The Courier, Braton advances from advertising director, a position he has held since 2004. He joined Lee in 1999 as director of sales at The Bismarck Tribune, and in 2003 became general manager of the Beatrice (Neb.) Daily Sun. Before joining Lee, he was a stockholder and director of publications for Davon Press Inc. From 1973 to 1993 he held advertising and management positions at The Forum in Fargo, N.D., serving six years as general manager. He has served on
numerous civic and community boards throughout his career. His current  involvements include the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Board, board of directors of Hawkeye Chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way  Community Board and member of Waterloo Rotary Club.

Braton has a degree in communications and marketing from Minnesota State
University. He and his wife, Cheryl, have three grown children.

Greg Veon, Lee vice president – publishing, said the publisher opening normally would have been posted but there was no need for an internal and external search. “It was clear that David is a natural fit. He has helped  Nancy and the team at The Courier engineer an impressive and ongoing series of successes, and he’s widely respected for his contributions in the community, as well. This promotion is exceedingly well deserved.”

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