Gannett Names Hammer President and Publisher at Asheville
McLEAN, VA – Charles R. (Randy) Hammer, formerly vice president/audience and content at The Courier-Journal at Louisville, Ky., has been named president and publisher at the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times. He replaces Jeffrey Green, who has resigned.
“Randy’s rich background in the newspaper industry has made him a valuable asset to our company. Stepping him up to president and publisher is a great move for him and for Gannett,” said Sue Clark-Johnson, president of Gannett’s Newspaper Division. “He will demonstrate excellent leadership at the Citizen-Times and in the Asheville community.”
Hammer had been the vice president/audience and content at Louisville since 2006, and previously was the executive editor at the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal for seven years. He began his career in the newspaper industry as a sports writer in Florida, working his way up to sports editor. He then held multiple titles in Pensacola before being named managing editor at the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun. In 1995 he became the executive editor at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. Hammer is a winner of multiple President Rings at Gannett.
Hammer is a graduate of West Florida University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a leading international news and information company that publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 1,000 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes nearly 300 titles, including 18 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.
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