The Reno Gazette-Journal chief executive will be running the new Design Studio based at The Des Moines Register, one of five newspaper page production hubs now in the works, according to a memo I've just obtained. Power recently made headlines after a DUI arrest and subsequent sentencing. Short iPhone post; more to come.
[Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET with text of memo, below.]
From: Green, Rick (Des Moines)
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 3:10 PM
Cc: Hollingsworth, Laura; Legler, Phil; Harvey, Julie A.; Castro, Greg; Johnson, Kevin (DSM); Hall, Kevin; Klootwyk, Dotti; Clark, Ann
Subject: Hiring of our Design Studio Director
I am happy to announce that Ted Power, a longtime journalist, general manager and president/publisher in Gannett, is joining The Des Moines Register family as our Design Studio Director. He will report to me and will oversee all operations related to our studio, which launches later this year. Ted will meet with the other studio directors next week in McLean, but won’t be permanently on-site in Des Moines until early March.
I can’t tell you how excited I am that Ted will join our team. He is a battle-tested journalist, innovative manager and talented leader whose career stretches from Tennessee to Louisiana to Nevada. He’s a Virginia native who spent 23 years at our sister newspaper, The Tennessean, in Nashville tackling sports, the copydesk and a variety of other positions, including ME/Sports.
I have known and worked with him on various projects for more than 15 years, dating back to his tenure as GM and editor of two successful suburban initiatives in Nashville. He was a remote adviser when I was launching a suburban initiative in counties north of Cincinnati when I was at The Enquirer. And we reconnected in the past 15 months, tackling several Corporate ventures while I was in Palm Springs.
In 2003, Ted became president and publisher at Gannett newspapers in Louisiana before becoming a group vice president. He moved to Reno in 2007 where he has been president/publisher of the Gazette-Journal.
As the Design Studio initiative was taking shape, Ted -- eager to return to a newsroom setting -- raised his hand. He recognized the opportunity to build something special from the ground up, and we began discussing the opportunity here in Des Moines shortly after I accepted the editor’s position. He’s a true pro -- someone with a wealth of experience who embraces collaboration and shares our collective passion for excellence.
Ted also has strong family ties to Iowa. His wife, Kathy Kirby Power, is a Des Moines native. She graduated from St. Anthony’s School, Dowling High School and the University of Iowa. Her mother, brothers, sister and other relatives still call Des Moines home.
You may see him here for a brief visit in early February. Please, join me in welcoming him.
I am continuing the interview process for the No. 2 spot inside the Studio -- the creative director -- and hope to make a decision shortly about that position. Ted will be assisting me in that search, starting next week. Stay tuned for more announcements.
If you have questions, please, don’t hesitate to find me.
Thank you, RAG