Stephens Media LLC, parent company of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 75 weekly and daily newspapers in nine states, has named Ed Moss chief executive officer, replacing Michael Ferguson, who has stepped down and will leave the Las Vegas-based company.
Moss, who most recently was president and CEO of the Denver Post, will replace Ferguson on Dec. 2, the company said Friday.
“We are delighted to welcome Ed to Stephens Media,” Warren Stephens, chairman of the board, said in a statement. “Ed brings a wealth of talent to the company and will spearhead our increasing digital efforts.”
Moss also served as president and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune, and was president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, parent of the Los Angeles Daily News and Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Ferguson served in various capacities with Stephens Media and its predecessor, Donrey Media Group, since 1968. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer in late 2010, Ferguson had been Chief Operating Officer of the company since 1999. He was formerly the publisher of the Inland Valley (CA) Daily Bulletin and the Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat.
The shift in leadership comes at a critical juncture in the history of Las Vegas journalism. In September, Ferguson and Paul Hamilton, president of the Las Vegas Sun and the Greenspun Corp., signed a nonbinding letter of intent to dissolve the joint operating agreement that has the Review-Journal print and distribute the Sun as a special section. Both parties have said they expect the dissolution agreement to be finalized by the end of the year.
Stephens Media has been expanding its interactive Internet business, which includes online sites for its newspapers and portal sites such as LasVegas.com, which is licensed to Greenspun Media Group. In addition to the Review-Journal, the company owns newspapers in Hawaii, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Washington state and Arkansas.
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