W. Dean Singleton took over as chairman of The Associated Press on Monday, succeeding Burl Osborne, who is stepping down after five years as he retires from the news cooperative’s board of directors.
Singleton, vice chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group Inc., was formally elected to the chairmanship by the board following the AP’s annual meeting.
Four incumbents and three new members also were elected to the board.
Singleton, 55, founded Denver-based MediaNews, a privately owned newspaper company, in 1983, and it now ranks as the fourth-largest newspaper company in the United States. Together with its affiliated companies, MediaNews publishes 57 daily newspapers, including the Press-Telegram, the Denver Post and the Detroit News, and about 120 non-daily publications in 13 states. It also owns a CBS affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, and four radio stations in Texas.
William Dean Singleton started out in newspapers at age 15 as a part-time reporter in his hometown of Graham, Texas, and bought his first newspaper at 21. He served as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America in 2002.
Singleton was first elected to the AP board in 1999.
Directors re-elected to three-year terms were Boisfeuillet Jones Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post; Mary E. Junck, president and CEO of Lee Enterprises Inc.; Steven O. Newhouse, chairman of Advance.Net; and R. Jack Fishman, publisher and editor of the Citizen Tribune in Morristown, Tenn.
The new members are Charles V. Pittman, senior vice president-newspapers at Schurz Communications Inc.; Mary Jacobus, president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Co.’s Regional Media Group; and Victor F. Ganzi, president and chief executive officer of Hearst Corp. Ganzi will serve the one year remaining in Osborne’s unexpired term.
In addition to those elected, two current directors begin new two-year terms to which they were appointed by the board. They are Julie Inskeep, publisher of The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., and David Lord, president of Pioneer Newspapers Inc.
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