Sun vice president gets helm of Allentown Call

Gilmore moves up to publisher of a sister publication

The media

March 25, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Guy Gilmore, vice president of production and circulation at The Sun, has been named publisher of a sister newspaper, the Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.

Both newspapers are owned by Times Mirror Co. of Los Angeles.

Gilmore, 45, will assume his new position April 3. He replaces Gary Shorts, who left at the end of February to become president and chief executive officer of Calkins Newspapers Inc.

"We are delighted for Guy's advancement, which he has earned through a record of achievement," Michael E. Waller, publisher and chief executive officer of The Sun, said in a statement announcing Gilmore's new job. "But we are less than delighted to lose his services, always marked by a relentless determination to improve the performance of The Sun."

Waller credited Gilmore's leadership with improving customer service and boosting circulation.

Gilmore is thrilled with the new opportunity at the Morning Call. "By any objective account, it is a terrific newspaper. It ranks in the top 100 newspapers out of 1,500 dailies," he said yesterday. The newspaper has a circulation of 170,000 Sunday and 130,000 daily.

Gilmore has mixed emotions about leaving The Sun, but said the position of publisher is the ultimate job in the newspaper business. "As a publisher you have an opportunity to work with it all, to help coordinate it all, to help establish the vision, to try to execute the vision," he said.

Gilmore began his newspaper career in 1976 in San Bernardino, Calif., as a part-time truck driver delivering newspapers to youth carriers.

He worked at several newspapers before joining The Sun 18 months ago.

He has served as regional general manager for USA Today in Kansas City and Cincinnati, and as director of circulation for the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal, the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock Florida Today in Brevard County, Nashville's morning Tennessean and its afternoon Banner, and the Oregonian in Portland.

Times Mirror agreed earlier this month to be acquired by the Tribune Co. of Chicago.

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