Yesterday, Freedom Communications, the rebooted parent company of the Gazette, named Dan Steever as president and publisher of our daily newspaper.
"I am thrilled to have Dan join our team to lead the Gazette," says Freedom CEO (and publisher of the company's flagship paper, the Orange County Register) Aaron Kushner in a news release. "Dan is passionate about strengthening the Gazette and is uniquely qualified to lead our talented staff as we work to increase the value we provide to subscribers and our community."
Steever hails from Massachusetts, where he worked at the same greeting-card company as Kushner, but has spent the last three years in Chicago heading up the marketing company PromoWorks. At no point in his résumé is there any media experience, something Rich Laden brought up in an interview with the new boss — generally, asking Steever why he was qualified to be publisher, prompting a retort somewhere in the range of: "Just watch what we do in the next few months" — but that line of questioning has since been removed.
Anyway, look for a little bit more information in next week's Independent.