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Retiring Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter E. Hussman Jr. and his daughter, Executive Editor Eliza Hussman Gaines.
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As Expected, Hussman Names Daughter Eliza Gaines as D-G Publisher

The first woman to lead the newsroom, Gaines will now be the first to oversee daily operations. read more >
Walter Hussman Jr. and his daughter, executive editor Eliza Hussman Gaines, both clearly relished his reminiscences on 48 years as publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in an 80-minute interview last month.
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Hussman Reflects After 48 Years at Democrat-GazetteLock Icon

Walter Hussman Jr., 75, is ending 48 years as publisher of the Democrat-Gazette at the end of this year, with news of his successor expected soon. read more >
Lynn Hamilton, seen here with retired Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith, is retiring after nearly 48 years of working for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman Jr.

President of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Lynn Hamilton Retires After 48 Years

Lynn Hamilton joined the Arkansas Democrat age 26 in 1974 and is retiring this month from a lifetime career at Wehco Media. read more >
The daily “paper” now arrives at Arkansas Business mainly on an iPad.
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Dem-Gaz Digital Edition Returns After Cyberattack Against Distributor

Hundreds of publications distributed by PressReader were affected by the outage. read more >
Alyson Hoge, newly appointed managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, at her home in Woodson.
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Meet New Boss of Newsroom, Alyson Hoge

If Alyson Hoge was biding her time to become managing editor of the only paper she ever worked for, she sure did a lot of biding. Forty-three years’ worth. read more >
The daily “paper” now arrives at Arkansas Business mainly on an iPad.
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124K Readers for Democrat-Gazette, Not SubscribersLock Icon

Independent audits of newspaper circulation are, like the papers themselves, increasingly a thing of the past. read more >
A file photo of Nat Lea at an event in 2018. 
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Wehco CEO Nat Lea Elected President of America’s Newspapers

He succeeds Alan Fisco, president and chief financial officer of the Seattle Times. read more >
James Bright, who became general manager of the Texarkana Gazette this year, has concrete plans and bright hopes for the paper despite a long downturn in the daily newspaper business.
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Texarkana Gazette Latest to Go Digital With iPads

Wehco Media boss Walter Hussman Jr. is bringing his 21st century digital revolution to his grandfather C.E. Palmer’s first paper, the Texarkana Gazette. read more >
After acquiring the Pine Bluff Commercial, Walter Hussman, left, named Byron Tate as its editor.
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Hussman and Tate’s Plan to Save Pine Bluff’s Paper

Byron Tate has a simple reason to be back as editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial, where he has worked three times before. read more >

Democrat-Gazette Acquires Pine Bluff Commercial, Plans Digital Replica

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman extends his new business model for newspapering to Pine Bluff, announcing that his Wehco Media Inc. of Little Rock is acquiring the once-storied Pine Bluff Commercial from Gannett. read more >
Walter Hussman Jr., chairman of Wehco Media Inc., in his office at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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E&P Boss Catches Up With Hussman, Remotely

Walter Hussman knows that the days of big daily newspaper profits are gone. Now it takes continual innovation just to keep a shingle up. read more >
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Hussman Cites Profit as Best Incentive in PublishingLock Icon

Wehco Media Inc. Chairman Walter Hussman Jr. listens to National Public Radio almost every day and pulls for nonprofit journalism, but the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher says profit is the best motive for keeping any enterprise going. read more >
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Arkansas Life, 12, Dies Amid Pandemic

After 18 months of heroic measures, death came last week for Arkansas Life. read more >
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El Dorado Paper Going Digital

The printing press will soon be getting less work at the El Dorado News-Times. read more >

Wehco and Payroll

Walter Hussman Jr., the Democrat-Gazette publisher and chairman of Wehco Inc., the chain that owns the paper, shared details last week after obtaining federal coronavirus relief loans through Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff. read more >
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Wehco Holds Off Newspaper Cuts After Landing Payroll Protection Loans

Wehco Media Inc. of Little Rock receives a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan, allowing it to stave off voluntary furloughs, salary cuts and reductions in hours, not to mention possible layoffs. read more >
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s virtually abandoned newsroom last week.
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Brainstorming to Save Local News in Crisis

The financial damage from the pandemic is amplified because ad spending tends to decrease faster than overall business spending in a recession, and job losses from COVID are unprecedented. read more >
Caitlan Butler of the El Dorado News-Times.
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El Dorado News-Times Goes Local with Managing Editor

The El Dorado News-Times has promoted Caitlan Butler to managing editor. Just eight years ago, Butler, 26, was busy graduating from El Dorado High School. read more >
Eliza Gaines, the publisher’s daughter, takes over this month as managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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Papers in Peril, Part II: ‘Got to Reduce Our Costs’

Cutbacks at American dailies have been coming, well, daily, and Democrat-Gazette President and General Manager Lynn Hamilton put out a call last Monday for all employees to consider voluntary furloughs or perhaps working four rather than five days a week, at commensurate pay. read more >
Eliza Gaines is a daughter of Wehco Inc. Chairman Walter Hussman Jr., and this month she’ll become the first woman to serve as the top editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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Hussman Heir Taking Reins of Democrat-Gazette NewsroomLock Icon

Eliza Gaines gets ready to take over for retiring Managing Editor David Bailey and seizing the reins as the paper plots a quick return to profitability. read more >