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Publishers Named in Jackson, Tenn.; Shreveport, La.,; Tarentum, Pa.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Several executive appointments were announced today in Gannett’s Newspaper Division.

    Scott M. Brown was named president and publisher of The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun.
    John M. (Mike) Craft was named president and publisher of The Times at Shreveport, La.
    Lawrence J. Jock Jr., was named president and publisher of the Valley News Dispatch at
    Tarentum, Pa.
    Richard R. Stone was named director/circulation at The Clarion-Ledger at Jackson, Miss.

“These appointments, once again, demonstrate the depth of the talent in Gannett,” said Gary L. Watson, president of the Newspaper Division. “Each of these executives is experienced and well-suited for the new assignment.”

Brown previously was president and publisher in Tarentum. He joined Gannett in 1990 as publisher of the twice-weekly North Hills News Record in suburban Pittsburgh. He served on the management team that converted the News Record to a seven-day publication in May 1992. He was appointed in Tarentum in October 1992. Brown began his career at the Courier-Chronicle in Humboldt, Tenn., which is located 15 miles from Jackson. He attended Jackson State Community College.

Craft had served as president and publisher of The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun since 1984. He previously was vice president of marketing at The Des Moines Register. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi.

Jock joined Gannett in 1990 as controller of the Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch. He was named to a similar post at the Courier-Post in Camden/Cherry Hill, N.J., in 1994. He previously
was assistant controller of Lancaster (Pa.) Newspapers, Inc. He is a graduate of Kean College of New Jersey.

Stone has been with Gannett since 1982 when he joined USA TODAY in Chicago. He later served as regional general manager of USA TODAY operations in Dallas, Nashville and Atlanta. In 1992, he was named president and publisher of The Times in Shreveport.

Gannett is a nationwide news and information company that publishes 92 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine. Gannett also has entertainment programming, operates 15 television stations, 11 radio stations, cable television
systems in five states and alarm security services.