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A long-time journalist with strong ties to central Ohio has been picked to be the new leader of The Columbus Dispatch.
Wayne Wanta, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Journalism professor and former Journalism Department chair, is retiring at the end of this year after a 12-year tenure at the College. Wanta will pursue a Fulbright Scholar Award at the University of Wroclaw in Poland and write a book on international sports.
Joy Sewing, a Houston native and veteran journalist, is taking on a new role as a news columnist. Chronicle readers have come to know Sewing for her takes on people — especially people of color — and cultural topics that make the city tick. 
James Briggs, an award-winning former IndyStar metro columnist, is returning to the newspaper as opinion and community engagement editor, where he'll oversee all opinion content.
Mark J. Rochester has been tapped as the next executive editor at the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, where he will lead newsroom operations with a focus on watchdog journalism.
Shelby County Newspapers, Inc. (Columbiana, Alabama) has named Alec Etheredge the company’s next president and publisher.
Greg Bassett, founding editor of the Salisbury Independent and former executive editor of The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland), died Sunday, Dec. 10. He was 63.
Adams Publishing Group announced the expansion of Assistant General Manager for Sales Betsy Griffin’s role to include oversight and revenue development for the APG East classified departments.
Carol Nunnelley, a longtime reporter and editor for The Birmingham News, has died, leaving behind a legacy of love for journalism.
A veteran journalist, Matos previously worked as a Chronicle political reporter, and for The New York Times Company, the Washington Post and Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Anthony Campbell, the former executive editor and managing editor of The Denver Post who led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1986 for a series on missing children, has died, according to former associates at the Post. He was 82.
Randy Mitchell has been named the new publisher and digital sales director for the Aiken Standard in South Carolina.
Kevin Austin, who has been named publisher of The Ironton (Ohio) Tribune, got his start in the newspaper business with a paper route in his hometown of Lansing, Michigan.
The company also named Rob Huting as VP of corporate development.
Reggie Ponder has worked at community newspapers in eastern North Carolina for 27 years, most recently as a staff writer for The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City and the Perquimans Weekly in Hertford.
Mike Fortman, associate publisher of TH Media, Dubuque, Iowa, has announced that Todd Benz has been named TH Media/Woodward Community Media director of sales.
Tess Ware is the new editor of The Aberdeen (South Dakota) American News, The Watertown (South Dakota) Public Opinion and The St. Cloud Times in Minnesota.
Terry R. Taylor, who in two trailblazing decades as the first female sports editor of The Associated Press transformed the news agency’s emphasis into multilayered coverage of rigorous reporting, entertaining enterprise and edgy analysis, has died. She was 71.
Pili Linares is the new general manager for the five newspapers in the Kitsap News Group.
AIM Media Midwest, LLC has announced the appointment and return of David Trinko as editor at The Lima (Ohio) News and the appointment of Natalie Buzzard as regional advertising director for the Lima market, in addition to maintaining her other responsibilities at the company.
Lange Svehlak, an experienced newspaper executive, has been appointed regional publisher of four Texas newspapers: the Palestine Herald-Press, Corsicana Daily Sun, Jacksonville Progress and Huntsville Item.
Cindy Clark, a former salesperson with the Fredericksburg (Texas) Standard-Radio Post, has begun her tenure as the advertising director for the 116-year-old publication.
The board of directors of the Times Publishing Company is adding David Denor, Carolyn Fox, Jessi Navarro and Jay Rey as its newest members. The Times also announced a promotion for Joe DeLuca, one of its longtime senior leaders. DeLuca, 65, was named president of the Tampa Bay Times.
Star Tribune Media Co., Minnesota’s largest media company, has announced the appointment of Maria Reeve as managing editor for daily news. Reeve, a seasoned journalist with a proven track record of success, comes to the Star Tribune after four years as a senior editor at the Houston Chronicle and executive for Hearst.