- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jason Taylor, president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has been named president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger.

The announcement came Friday from Robert Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing division (https://on.thec-l.com/1moCV1E ). Gannett Co. Inc. owns The Clarion-Ledger.

Dickey says Taylor will also serve as regional president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing East Group, where he will oversee the Hattiesburg American and Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser.

Taylor succeeds Leslie Hurst, who is retiring at the end of July at The Clarion-Ledger.

The 39-year-old Taylor began his professional career in newspapers at the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

In 2003, Taylor was named general manager of the Times in Gainesville, Georgia, and later moved to the Honolulu Advertiser. He joined the Chattanooga newspaper in 2007.

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