- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - Ralph Baldwin Jr., a 42-year veteran of the newspaper industry, has been named publisher of the Cleveland Daily Banner.

The Daily Banner (https://bit.ly/2k8smKX ) reports Baldwin succeeds Stephen Crass, who recently retired after leading the Banner for 16 years. Cleveland Newspapers Inc. owns the paper.

Baldwin, who started the new post earlier this month, most recently served as president of Adams Publishing Group East for Tennessee and North Carolina. Adams purchased Jones Media Inc., which is based in Greeneville, Tennessee, in September 2016.

Before that, Baldwin was chief operating officer of Jones Media for eight years and oversaw operations for 14 newspapers, electronic media, and other affiliated businesses. Prior to that, he was publisher for 20 years of The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens, which was owned by Jones Media at the time.

A native of Rockingham, North Carolina, he began his career with his hometown newspaper, the Richmond County Daily Journal right out of college. He and his wife Lu Shep have two grown sons.

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