Archive for the ‘Tucson’ Category

In Tucson switch, a growing publisher exodus?

June 17, 2008

The decision by Michael Chihak (left) to retire as editor and publisher of the afternoon Tucson Citizen after eight years seems to have come abruptly. Newspaper division President Bob Dickey only told the Citizen in a story Saturday that a search for Chihak’s successor would start immediately; in the past, departing and new publishers generally were announced simultaneously. (The exceptions often came when there was something amiss. I don’t think that’s the case in Tucson, however, because — reading tea leaves here — Dickey wouldn’t have given a positive quote about Chihak to the Citizen.)

Chihak’s departure is at least the third change in publishers this month alone, suggesting there may be a rising cascade of new newspaper chiefs as Dickey asserts more control over the division he inherited in late February from the now-retired Sue Clark-Johnson. The division includes 84 community papers; USA Today Publisher Craig Moon, I believe, still reports directly to CEO Craig Dubow.

The question: How deep is Gannett’s bench of would-be publishers? New Fort Collins Coloradoan Publisher Kim Roegner, for example, was display advertising director at The Courier-Journal in Louisville rather than, say, overall head of that paper’s advertising sales.

The Citizen is unusual within Gannett: It’s an afternoon paper in a joint operating agreement with the morning Arizona Daily Star, owned by Lee Enterprises. (Here’s a history of the JOA.) The Citizen‘s circulation is 23,863. The Star‘s circulation is 113,373 daily, and 164,033 Sunday.

Meanwhile, unless I missed something, Dickey’s old post still remains unfilled. He ran the Pacific Group, a portfolio that includes publications in Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas and Utah.

Related: New publishers in Montgomery, Ala., and in Fort Collins, Colo.

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[Photo: Citizen]

Datelines: Donuts delivered, lakes choked

March 6, 2008

Datelines is an occasional roundup of news topping Gannett websites.

Burlington, Vt.: Dinky Donuts is delivering freshly made treats to customers’ homes — at the crack of dawn. Monroe, La.: Louisiana’s lakes are being invaded by exotic vegetation that threatens to choke the life out of them. Indianapolis, Ind.: For the first time in nearly two decades, presidential candidates will be fighting over state’s delegates. Great Falls, Mont.: The snowpack across most of Montana is slightly above the average for this time of year, authorities say. Tucson, Ariz.: A 15-year-old boy says he shot his father in the back of the head because he wouldn’t let the teenager use the Internet.

[Image: this morning’s News-Star, Newseum]