‘Ventura County (Calif.) Star Names Cogswell New Publisher

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By: E&P Staff

George H. Cogswell III was named the new president and publisher of the Ventura County (Calif.) Star.

For the past four years, Cogswell had been president and publisher of the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News, an E.W. Scripps Co. paper like the Star.

Cogswell, 48, replaces Tim Gallagher, who announced his resignation last month. Gallagher is starting a media consulting business and will serve as an assistant to Scripps Senior Vice President/Newspapers Mark Contreras.

“This is a very competitive market, and George has lived and fought and won in a number of competitive markets,” Contreras told Star employees in the newsroom according to a story in Thursday’s Star by Tamara Koehler. “Where he works and leads, people have a lot of fun, and business performance is exceptional.”

The Star recent cut positions by offering voluntary buyouts to nine employees and outsourcing its advertising production. But Cogswell told the Star he does not anticipate further cuts.

“We’ll do everything to be more efficient, but I’m dead against layoffs,” he told the paper. “You won’t hear that word come out of my mouth.”

Cogswell was named president and publisher in Abilene in 2003 after leading the circulation and marketing efforts for the Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers in Florida. From 1997 to 2000, he was circulation director of the Scripps-owned Wichita Falls (Texas) Times Record News.

From 1993 to 1996, he worked in circulation for Freedom Communications dailies in Colorado. He began his career in 1985 as a district circulation manager at the Middlesex News in Framingham, Mass.

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