by Jonathan Kaufman
In Gannett layoff announcements, as in brain surgery, always numb the patient before shoving in the knife.
New president to lead Times Media,
St. Cloud Times
Times Media announced leadership and staffing changes Tuesday, in conjunction with similar moves occurring at many of parent company Gannett’s 109 local sites.
Kathy Jack-Romero, president of the USA TODAY Network’s West Plains region, has added the role of president of the St. Cloud Times and Times Media. She succeeds Melinda Vonderahe, who was the president of the Times since 2013.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with the team at the St. Cloud Times for the last seven months,” said Jack-Romero. “We have a passionate team of folks who are committed to making a difference here in the St. Cloud community. That commitment and passion will not change.”
In addition to the St. Cloud market, the West Plains region includes the Fort Collins Coloradoan; Sioux Falls Argus Leader; Springfield News-Leader; Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, Arkansas; and the Great Falls Tribune.
”I am thrilled that Kathy will take the lead as president of the St. Cloud Times,” said Karen Ferguson Fuson, president of the West Group of Gannett. “She has a long history of delivering results through developing great teams and is a recognized innovator and digital leader. Kathy is passionate about serving her community, and I am confident she will continue to enhance the way we serve our readers and advertisers,”
As part of a companywide downsizing announced Monday by Gannett President and CEO Robert Dickey, Times Media eliminated 12 staff positions, including journalists and advertising staffers.
“I appreciate the hard work and contributions made by each of the folks that were impacted this week. I wish them the very best,” Jack-Romero said.