Chris White, president and publisher of GateHouse Ohio Media, is leaving the company.
The Repository and its sister newspapers in GateHouse Ohio will get a new publisher.
Chris White, who has directed GateHouse Ohio since June 2012, has accepted a job with Lee Enterprises as publisher of the Times Media Co. in northwest Indiana. His final day with GateHouse is Aug. 2.
GateHouse has named General Manager Jim Porter interim publisher for the Ohio operations, which include The Repository, CantonRep.com, The Independent in Massillon, The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia, The Suburbanite in Green and Jackson Township, About magazine, several weeklies and the affiliated websites.
Brad Dennison, president for GateHouse’s large daily division, announced the changes Wednesday in a memo to GateHouse Ohio employees.
The corporation will conduct a “broad search” to find the next publisher for GateHouse Ohio, Dennison said in the announcement. The goal is to find a publisher who “will bring a track record of industry-leading success, both in leading business operations and in supporting great journalism,” he said.
Dennison thanked White for “his leadership and enormous contributions to GateHouse, and wish him continued success with our friends at Lee.”
White came to Canton in 2007 shortly after GateHouse bought Copley Ohio Newspapers.
“I have loved my work in GateHouse and will greatly miss colleagues and friends in Canton, but I see Northwest Indiana as a tremendous opportunity,” White said in a statement issued by Lee Enterprises. “I look forward to meeting as many fellow employees, customers and community leaders as quickly as possible.”
Before joining The Repository, White was regional vice president of sales for Community Newspaper Holdings and worked with publications in Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky. He also worked as publisher of newspapers in Oklahoma.
Porter, 48, began working at The Repository in 1987 as a circulation district sales manager. In 1999 he became director of circulation for The Repository and Copley Ohio Newspapers, and vice president of circulation for GateHouse Ohio in 2007. He was named general manager last June after White became publisher.
Based in Davenport, Iowa, Lee Enterprises has daily newspapers in 21 states, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.