Arkansas Democrat-Gazette parent names Gaines publisher

WEHCO Media Inc., the parent company of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has appointed executive editor Eliza Hussman Gaines to the post of publisher. Gaines begins on Jan. 1. With Gaines’ appointment, the leadership of the paper will remain in the family hands. Outgoing publisher Walter Hussman Jr., Gaines’ father, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. “Hopefully the […]

Democrat-Gazette publisher Hussman Jr. announces retirement

Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will retire by the end of the year. Hussman announced the decision at the Arkansas Press Association’s inaugural Arkansas Press Freedom Gala at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. His successor was not announced, though Hussman said the decision would be made by the year’s end. […]

Democrat-Gazette editor Kruse departs for law school

Nyssa Kruse, audience engagement editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has left to attend law school. She served as a breaking news reporter, digital producer and digital product manager at the Democrat-Gazette. Kruse was a Pulliam Fellow at The Indianapolis Star on the Metro desk. She also reported and edited for, including serving as editor in […]

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editor McNeary departs

Heifer International has hired Maggie McNeary as a digital content strategist. She joins from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, where she recently served as a senior online editor. McNeary previously worked as a digital news producer and deputy online editor, and at  AY Magazine in Little Rock, Ark. as an online editor. She interned at Arkansas Business […]

Hussman and Tate’s efforts to save Pine Bluff Commercial

Byron Tate is back as editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial, where he has worked three times before. “I was fairly certain that Pine Bluff was about to be without a newspaper,” Tate said after Walter Hussman Jr. purchased the 139-year old newspaper from Gannett in a no-cash deal announced last week. Hussman, publisher of […]

WEHCO Newspapers buys Gannett newspaper

WEHCO Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will be buying the Pine Bluff Commercial newspaper in Arkansas from Gannett. The paper will now continue publication as part of the Democrat Gazette, said Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of the Democrat-Gazette. The Commercial will feature four pages, including local […]

News publishers that do it right in 2020

Editor and Publisher has compiled it’s 2020 list of news publishers that are doing exciting things at their companies. Arizona Republic Phoenix, Ariz. As more newspapers incorporate new media into their storytelling, the Arizona Republic took a slightly different approach. “Think about new media first rather than as an addition,” said Josh Susong, director of […]