- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Wichita Eagle has named as its new publisher a man who started his career with the newspaper.

Fifty-nine-year-old Kelly Mirt will return as publisher and vice president of adverting for the Eagle and Kansas.com.

The Wichita Eagle reported https://bit.ly/2tIC2PN Wednesday that Mirt comes from another McClatchy Co. newspaper, the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina.

He has been vice president at the Observer since January 2012. He brings 35 years of experience as an advertising executive at nine newspapers in seven states.

His first job after graduating in 1980 from the University of Kansas was at the Eagle. Over five years he worked his way up from advertising representative to assistant retail sales manager.

Mirt begins his Wichita job in late July. He replaces Roy Heatherly, who left in April.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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