American Community Newspapers Appoints New CEO

By: E&P Staff

Richard M. Franks has been named chief executive officer of American Community Newspapers, owner of 86 community newspapers, 14 niche magazines, local Websites and targeted custom publications in Ohio, Minnesota, Texas, and Virginia.

Since 2007, Franks has worked internationally as a consultant and expert advisor to banks and venture capital firms. Before that he served as president, CEO, and publisher of North of Boston Media Group/Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company, a conglomerate of dailies and weeklies in northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire.

Prior to that, Franks spent 17 years at the Dispatch Publishing Company in Columbus, Ohio, including four years as executive vice president and general manager of The Columbus Dispatch. He also served as president and co-CEO of Westward Communications, publisher of more than 80 community newspapers in Texas, Arkansas and Colorado.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Franks is also an Army veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star and two Commendation Medals for service as a first lieutenant in Vietnam.

Franks succeeds Gene Carr, who resigned in May.

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