'Birmingham News' Publisher Retires After 32 Years at Paper

By: E&P Staff Birmingham (Ala.) News publisher Victor Hanson III, a fourth-generation publisher of the paper and a 32-year employee, plans to retire Dec. 1, the paper reported.

"There is no more rewarding job in this city than being publisher of The News," Hanson said in a story. "However, after 32 years with the paper, it is time for a change. By making this announcement now, I wanted to give Don Newhouse ample time to recruit a new publisher to lead The News and to offer my support in the transition."

The Newhouse family, which owns the paper under its Advance Publications, purchased it from the Hanson family in 1955. Hanson, 53, is the fourth generation to serve as its publisher during the family's 100-year association with the paper, the story said.

The first Victor Hanson joined The News as vice president and part owner in 1909, and took over the paper the following year after the death of its founder, Rufus Rhodes, the paper reported.

"Victor has dedicated his career to his newspaper and his community. In my years of working with him, I have never seen him waver in his support of great journalism, and in his commitment to civic leadership," Donald Newhouse, president of Advance Publications, said in a story. "Victor has been an outstanding publisher, following in the proud footsteps of his father and grandfather. I salute his accomplishments."

Hanson started with the News at 15, as a summer photo intern, the story reported, adding, "He worked in virtually every department of the paper, including editorial, advertising, circulation and operations."

"My current focus is continuing to work with our leadership team during this transition and helping a new publisher acclimate to the News," Hanson said in the story.


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