Herald-Dispatch names new publisher

Published 10:08 am Monday, May 18, 2009

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Herald-Dispatch newspaper says publisher Pat Thompson Frantz is retiring for a second time and will be replaced by executive editor Ed Dawson.

The Huntington-based newspaper reported the changes Sunday.

The 65-year-old Frantz joined The Herald-Dispatch in 2003 from the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. She retired in 2005, but returned the following year. Frantz’s retirement takes effect in September.

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The 59-year-old Dawson took over as The Herald-Dispatch’s executive editor in 2001 after stints at newspapers in Pennsylvania, the Carolinas and Georgia.

The Herald-Dispatch has a daily circulation of about 28,000 and Sunday circulation of about 33,000. It was acquired by Huntington-based printing and office furniture company Champion Industries in late 2007.