ATLANTA, GA - (December 7, 2007). - Caroline John, group vice president of community newspapers for Cox Newspapers, announced two changes in the company’s publisher roles. Gary Borders has been named publisher of the Longview News-Journal to replace retiring publisher Glenn McCutchen, and Tim Hobbs will be assuming Borders’ current position as publisher of The Lufkin Daily News. A replacement has not been named to succeed Hobbs as publisher of The Daily Advance and The Perquimans Weekly in North Carolina.
“We are pleased to promote such talented individuals from within our organization,” said Ms. John. “We wish Glenn the best in his retirement, and are confident that both Gary and Tim will continue to produce excellent newspapers and Web sites that serve our readers and advertisers in these markets.”
In this role, Borders also assumes responsibility for The Marshall News Messenger and will report to Caroline John. Tim Hobbs will also have responsibility for The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches and will report to Susan Davidson, vice president of human resources for Cox Newspapers.
Borders has worked with Texas newspapers for nearly 40 years. Prior to his position as publisher of The Lufkin Daily News, he served as editor and publisher of The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches, Texas, and editor of The Lufkin Daily News. He also worked as editor and publisher for The Fort Stockton Pioneer and The Rambler in San Augustine.
Borders has nearly 10 years of combined part-time instructing experience at Stephen F. Austin State University and Kilgore College. He also served as a photojournalism teaching assistant at the University of Texas while attending graduate school. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Borders received a BA degree in history, English and philosophy. He received a Master of Arts degree with a journalism focus from the University of Texas at Austin.
Borders is the incoming president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association. He is also a member of the Legislative Advisory Committee, Texas Press Association and American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Hobbs has 32 years of combined journalism experience in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio. Hobbs assumed his current role of publisher of The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and The Perquimans Weekly in Hertford, North Carolina, in 1997. Under his leadership, the newspapers garnered multiple industry and community awards, as well as launched the dailyadvance.com Web site in 2002 and moved into a new office facility.
Prior to his current role, Hobbs served as advertising director for the Longview News-Journal and The Marshall News Messenger in Texas. He also held the position of marketing director for The Daily Sentinel and The Lufkin Daily News, the publication he is returning to as publisher. Hobbs also served multiple roles at The Dayton Daily News in Ohio.
Hobbs has served as a board member for several organizations based in Elizabeth City, including the United Way, River City Development Corp., the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools Foundation and as chair of the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a member of the Elizabeth City Rotary Club.
About Cox Newspapers Inc. (www.coxnews.com)
Cox Newspapers, one of the nation’s ten largest newspaper-publishing enterprises, includes 17 daily and 27 non-daily newspapers. Other operations include Valpak (the nation’s leader in cooperative direct mail advertising); Cox Custom Media (publishers of customized newsletters); PAGAS (direct mail advertisers); and a one-third ownership interest in SP Newsprint. Cox Newspapers is a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services.