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Ralph James Martin Named CEO of Civitas Media
Ralph James Martin Named CEO of Civitas Media

DAVIDSON, NC – January 20, 2015 – Civitas Media, a publisher of more than 100 community newspapers in 12 states, announced today the appointment of Ralph James Martin as Chief Executive Officer. Martin was recruited by Versa Capital Management, LLC (Versa), the company’s controlling shareholder. Martin brings decades of experience in the newspaper industry, most…

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Strother named editor at LaGrange Daily News

Veteran LaGrange Daily News reporter Matthew Strother has been named editor of the Georgia publication, effective Monday, Nov. 24. The announcement was made by Jim Lawitz, director of content for Civitas Media, the parent company of the Daily News. Strother will oversee all newsroom functions for the newspaper and its digital products. He succeeds Tim…

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Brant Named Senior Vice President of Sales
Brant Named Senior Vice President of Sales

Veteran newspaper executive Randall Brant has been named senior vice president of sales for Civitas Media, effective Monday, Sept. 23. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson, N.C.-based company. Brant will lead all sales operations for the company, supervising eight regional managers and more than 180 team members across…

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Kilpatrick named regional business development manager

Veteran newspaper executive Kent Kilpatrick has been named a regional business development director for Civitas Media, effective Monday, Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson, N.C.-based company. Kilpatrick will be based out of The Robesonian in Lumberton, N.C., and will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s…

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Pugh named content manager of Galion Independent

Lifelong Ohio journalist Chris Pugh has been named editor/content manager at the Galion Inquirer. The announcement was made today by Jim Lawitz, director of content for Civitas Media, the parent company of the Inquirer. “Chris’ years of experience in journalism, communications and public relations, and his familiarity with Ohio make him an ideal fit for…

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Times Leader will spend $700K to upgrade its Wilkes-Barre press
Times Leader will spend $700K to upgrade its Wilkes-Barre press

WILKES-BARRE — Civitas Media, parent company of The Times Leader Media Group, announced Tuesday an investment of nearly $700,000 in its Market Street production facility. The investment comes in the form of upgrades to The Times Leader’s press plant, as well as electrical work at the facility. “We’re proud to be the only daily newspaper…

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Williams named Content Manager at Delaware Gazette

Ohio veteran journalist Michael Williams has been named content manager at the Delaware (Ohio) Gazette. The announcement was made Aug. 20 by Jim Lawitz, director of content for Civitas Media, the newspaper’s parent company. “We’re thrilled to have found someone who will be an excellent fit at the Delaware newspaper and in the community,” Lawitz…

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Democrat earns 15 awards from KC Press Club

The Sedalia Democrat received a total of 15 awards from the Kansas City Press Club on Saturday for work published in 2013. The Democrat competed against daily newspapers with circulation of 30,000 or less in the contest, which includes media outlets from eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Democrat Editor Dennis Rich expressed his gratitude for…

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Mullen named Director of Pagination

Jesse Mullen has been promoted to director of pagination for Civitas Media’s Miamisburg and Lumberton hubs. Jesse has been leading the Miamisburg pagination team, but now will have oversight of both hubs. This move allows Civitas Media to consolidate operations, streamline work flows and standardize processes with the end goal being the capability to paginate…

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Times Leader recognized among country’s best newspapers

The National Newspaper Association on Wednesday recognized The Times Leader, a Civitas Media property in Northeastern Pennsylvania, as one of the best newspapers in the country as part of its 2014 Better Newspaper Contest competition. The Times Leader will compete against about 20 other General Excellence winners from across the country for top honors at…

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