George H. Cogswell III has been named publisher of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn. Since 2007, Cogswell has served as the president and publisher of the Ventura County (Calif.) Star.
Before that he spent four years as president and publisher of the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News after leading the circulation and marketing efforts for the Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers in Florida. He was director of circulation and marketing for the Treasure Coast newspapers—The Stuart News, The Tribune in Fort Pierce and the Vero Beach Press-Journal—for three years. He previously had been circulation director of the Wichita Falls (Texas) Times Record News from 1997 to 2000. Before joining Scripps, Cogswell worked from 1993 to 1996 for Freedom Communications, first at the company’s newspaper in Fort Pierce (before it was acquired by Scripps) and then at Freedom’s Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette Telegraph.
Cogswell began his newspaper career in 1985 as a circulation district manager at the Middlesex News in Framingham, Mass. From 1986 to 1993 he held various positions in the circulation department at the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette before serving a year as circulation director for The Call in Woonsocket, R.I.