Augusta, Ga.–Mark Nusbaum, vice president of operations for Morris Publishing Group, has been named president of Times-Union Media, which publishes the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville.com and numerous other northeast Florida publications and websites.
He succeeds Lucy Talley, who has announced her resignation. Talley, who had led the Jacksonville-based media group since 2009, has accepted a position as group publisher for community papers for Hearst Newspapers.
Nusbaum, a 40-year veteran of the industry, started his career as a copy clerk at the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal while in high school in 1972. He was publisher of the Lubbock (Tex.) Avalanche-Journal from 1999-2004, and publisher of his hometown Topeka Capital-Journal from 2004-2011.
Since May, 2011, he has served as VP/operations at Morris’ company headquarters in Augusta, Ga. During that time, he also filled in as interim publisher of the Augusta Chronicle the final six months of 2011.
“Mark has tremendous enthusiasm about building a successful new future for local media,” said Derek May, executive vice president of Morris Publishing. “He’s done a great job in helping to launch the transformation of our company, and his energy, vision and can-do attitude are perfect for Jacksonville.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Florida Times-Union,’’ Nusbaum said. “We are at an exciting juncture in our industry’s history as we transition to digital-first and audience-first media companies. The T-U team has been on the cutting edge of this transformation. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and join the team at the T-U.’’
“Mark is a leader who inspires confidence,” Will Morris, president of Morris Publishing, said. “He’s the right person at the right time.”
Nusbaum worked in the Topeka paper’s newsroom part-time while attending college, then joined the staff full-time in 1977, after graduating. Over the next 20 years, he served in various roles, including copy editor/designer, Kansas City Chiefs beat writer, business editor, and managing editor. He was named executive editor in 1994. He also served a one-year stint as director of advertising, prior to Morris’ acquisition of Stauffer Communications in the mid 1990s.