RTD editorial page editor, columnist leaving
A. Barton Hinkle, longtime columnist and editorial page editor of the past year for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, is leaving the paper for a job at Dominion Energy, publisher Tom Silvestri announced this week.
Hinkle’s last day at RTD will be June 15. He will be succeeded by commentary editor, Bob Rayner.
“Bart has expressed a desire to start a new chapter in his life and we respect that conclusion,” Silvestri said. “Though we had wanted a longer run for him at the RTD, Bart has our best wishes.”
Rayner has been with RTD since 1996 and has served on the editorial side of the paper since 2007. Recently, he has been leading the paper’s Sunday Commentary section.
Longtime Va. Business managing editor retiring
After 17 years and more than 200 issues, Virginia Business managing editor Paula Squires has announced that she will be retiring from the magazine at the end of the month.
She said she feels lucky to have worked at Virginia Business and in the industry for more than 40 years.
“Over the years, hundreds of people have sat across from me sharing their stories – even when they may not have liked all the questions – and I want to say thank you for putting your trust in the press,” Squires wrote in a farewell column.
She also noted that she has seen positive change in the industry over the course of her career, such as seeing more women involved at every level, often times in leadership roles at major companies.
“While women have yet to reach parity with men in the corner suite or in the size of their paycheck, they have made dramatic inroads,” she wrote. “When I started my career, it wasn’t unusual to be the only woman in the room at some business functions.
“So, things are changing for the better in many ways, including my schedule. You will get no sad goodbyes from me. As they say in Italy: arrivederci, or until we meet again.”
News & Advance publisher retires, replacement hired
Robert “Bob” E. MacPherson retired as the publisher of the News & Advance in Lynchburg effective June 1.
MacPherson is succeeded by Kelly Mirt, a longtime newspaper veteran who has held leadership roles at several large daily newspapers such as the Charlotte Observer and the Denver Post. Mirt most recently worked as the publisher of the Wichita Eagle.
MacPherson worked for 34 years with BH Media Group and Media General. He served in a variety of roles, from publisher to corporate vice president of human resources. He also served on the VPA Board of Directors.
Valley Banner not closing
There has been a twist in story of the Valley Banner, which announced last month that it would be shutting down after more than 50 years of publishing.
The Banner has now announced that it will remain open thanks to a local businessman purchasing the paper.
Andrew Fanke, owner of a local graphic design company in Elkton, has purchased the Banner‘s name and graphics from recent owners Ogden Newspapers of Virginia. The deal closed last Friday.
“I’ve lived here for 18 years,” Franke told the Banner. “And the Valley Banner has been here as the local paper since I’ve been here, and I know it’s been the town’s newspaper forever. I think a community needs a journal of record that focuses on the news of the area.”
The Banner‘s advertisers and subscribers were not purchased by Franke in the deal with Ogden. Going forward, the paper will not offer subscriptions, but will instead be made available for free at news boxes in eastern Rockingham County. It will remain a weekly, with a publication date of Wednesday.
The first edition under the new ownership will be published on July 11.
Virginian-Pilot wins 15 awards from SFJ
The Virginian-Pilot won 15 awards from the Society for Features Journalism earlier this week, setting a record high number of awards received for their division.