I've received no word yet on Hurst's replacement in Lafayette. In its story, the Advertiser says a new publisher "will be named quickly."
The shakeup is the latest in a recent surge of top newspaper publishers being replaced, amid Gannett Blog speculation that the U.S. newspaper division is undergoing a broader reorganization.
In a memo just provided to me, Hurst wrote the following:
Friends & Colleagues,
Please forgive this impersonal communiqué, but I want to ensure that you hear this news from me, rather than through the grapevine.
I was, this morning, named president & publisher of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., Mississippi's capital city. I will continue in my role as a vice president of Gannett's South Group. Jackson's publisher announced his retirement this morning as well.
These moves often happen very quickly. It's always a whirlwind, and it certainly feels more that way during the busy holiday season.
My e-mail address remains the same.
My new mailing address is:
201 South Congress Street
Jackson, MS 39201
office phone (601) 961-7201
For the time being, cell remains the same, but it will change.
Merry Christmas to everyone, and let me hear from you. I will miss my Lafayette friends and colleagues.
-- Leslie Hurst
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