Keven Todd has been named publisher of GateHouse Media Delaware, the parent company of six weekly newspapers throughout the First State.
Todd will succeed Clarissa Williams, who has been named publisher of the State Journal Register, a GateHouse paper in Springfield, Ill., and the nearby Lincoln Courier.
"The Delaware group is like family, so it's only fitting that I help ensure their continued progression of achievement with a top flight leader," said Williams, who recommended Todd as her successor. "I am thrilled to welcome Keven to the publisher post in Delaware and am confident he will lead the team to new levels of success."
GateHouse Media Delaware owns the Dover Post, Hockessin Community News, Middletown Transcript, Milford Beacon, Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times and Sussex Countian, as well as the Express, a shopper that serves the Delmarva Peninsula.
Todd comes to Delaware after a stint at New Mexico's Los Alamos Monitor, where he has served as publisher since 2009. His newspaper career spans more than three decades.
"I am thrilled and humbled to have this opportunity to step in as the leader for the great team in Delaware," Todd said. "As Clarissa passes the baton to me, she leaves a legacy of an operation that has improved its service to its readers and advertisers alike. We will continue what has been started, exploring ways to become even better stewards of the public's trust and further enhance the ways we serve our constituencies."
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Todd started as a beat reporter and photographer for a small community newspaper while working toward a degree in journalism at Texas Christian University. Todd worked his way up the ranks on the news side at various newspapers and magazines before moving first into marketing and then into sales and sales management.
Todd has held sales leadership roles at the Dallas Morning News, Louisville Courier-Journal, Myrtle Beach Sun News, Beaufort Gazette and Hilton Head Island Packet. During his tenure in Los Alamos, the newspaper earned several awards, including back-to-back General Excellence awards in 2011 and 2012.
Todd and his wife Jarda, who runs her own catering business, will be relocating from New Mexico to the Dover area. The couple has three adult daughters. Jillian, the oldest, is set to graduate from the University of New Hampshire Law School in May; Ashley is married to a Marine currently stationed in Cherry Point, N.C. and has a third child due in February. Lacey, the youngest, lives in Jacksonville, Fla. and works in the elder care industry.
Page 2 of 2 - Todd's tenure with GateHouse Media Delaware officially begins on Jan. 6.
Williams, meanwhile, leaves Delaware after 15 months. She led the Delaware group to one of the top revenue performances in the company in 2013. She will be relocating to Illinois with her husband Herbert and her 12-year-old son Cameron. Their daughter, Bethany, 18, is a freshman at the University of the Cumberlands.
Williams moved to Delaware from Florida, where she worked for Halifax Media as group general manager of their Florida-based PennySaver operation, a part of the Daytona Beach News Journal.
Williams, a native of Kentucky, has spent 23 years in the newspaper industry.
She has managed several newspapers with stops in Kentucky with Landmark Community Newspapers, in Florida with Halifax Media, and a previous Illinois stop as publisher of the Register-News in Mount Vernon and the Times-Leader in McLeansboro.
"Having begun my walk as a publisher in southern Illinois, being closer to family as well as the chance to lead one of the largest newspapers owned by GateHouse Media made this a dream come true," Williams said. "I've loved working in Delaware and will greatly miss colleagues and friends. I look forward to working alongside the team of professionals and meeting customers of the State Journal Register and Lincoln Courier. My family is eager to begin our next chapter in Springfield and become deep-rooted in the community."