Michael McCleery, general manager and advertising director of the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, has been appointed publisher of the newspaper, effective immediately.
In his new role, McCleery will continue to serve as advertising director for the newspaper, but will take on added responsibility for the overall operation.
“Michael has proven his ability to be a leader at the Commonwealth Journal. Since his arrival, he has made a significant impact with his staff and the day-to-day operations,” said Bill Hanson, senior publisher for CNHI, parent company of the Commonwealth Journal. “Michael runs a good operation because he knows the newspaper industry and he is committed to success for himself, his staff and the products we produce through that operation.”
McCleery was named general manager and advertising director in July 2018. A 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, he has served in numerous roles throughout his career, including as an account executive, retail director, strategic advertising manager and an advertising director.
“I am excited about being named publisher of the Commonwealth Journal,” McCleery said. “As the industry has evolved through the years, I’ve tried to evolve with it. I strive to put the best product out on a daily basis for our readers and advertisers. The Somerset community has been welcoming since my arrival in July and I look forward to fostering the long-standing relationship between the community and the Commonwealth Journal.”