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Az Daily Star losing managing editor Hayt

The Arizona Daily Star's managing editor, Teri Hayt, is leaving that newspaper to become the executive editor for the Ohio papers of the GateHouse Media chain.

Neither Hayt nor the Star's executive editor, Bobbie Jo Buel, immediately responded to requests for comment on the move, which was announced in a Wednesday morning memo to Star staffers.

Hayt's leaving is the latest high-profile departure from the Star's newsroom. Those leaving the paper this year have included columnist Josh Brodesky and reporter Rob O'Dell, who both moved north to the Arizona Republic; and long-time photographer David Sanders, who last month took a position with UNS Energy, the parent company of Tucson Electric Power. Reporter Rhonda Bodfield left the Star in March, first taking a job with Tucson Medical Center and then moving to the communications staff of Pima County.

GateHouse operates three small daily papers in Ohio, along with two free weeklies and a pair of shopper publications; the chain runs over 90 dailies across the country, most with circulations under 20,000 located in small towns. The GateHouse chain is even more troubled than the indebted parent company of the Star, Lee Enterprises. Its stock trades on the Pink Sheets for about 9 cents.

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Sep 19, 2012, 12:51 pm
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From an April 2007 press release:

GateHouse Media, Inc., headquartered in Fairport, New York, is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by number of daily publications. GateHouse Media currently owns over 450 community publications, including 84 daily newspapers located in 19 states across the country, and more than 245 related local websites.

Not sure this is a step up for Teri.

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Sep 19, 2012, 11:20 am
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Sounds like the rats are jumping off the sinking ship. I don’t think I could say I wouldn’t do the same in their place.

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