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Head of Tucson Newspapers resigns

Mike Jameson, the head of Tucson Newspapers, has resigned, a company announcement said Monday.

Jameson, the CEO and president of the advertising and production agency for the Arizona Daily Star and its associated websites, has stepped down, according to Lee Enterprises and the Gannett Company, which jointly own TNI.

No reason for Jameson's resignation was given, and calls to Jameson, Tucson Newspapers, Lee and Gannett were not returned Monday afternoon.

Jameson had headed the operation since Jan. 2004. Previously, he was publisher of Lee's La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune. He was given the Star post when the paper was owned by the Pulitzer media company, prior to Lee's 2005 purchase of the chain.

Jameson has been involved in many community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities and the United Way.

Tucson Newspapers sells advertising, prints and distributes the Star, and operates the company's websites.

The parent companies say they are working to pick a replacement for Jameson.

Also Monday, Gannett selected a new chief financial officer, hiring Paul Saleh to replace Gracia Martore, who was promoted to chief operating officer.

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In addition to its part of the Star operation, Gannett publishes the Arizona Republic, USA Today and 80 other daily newspapers. The company was the publisher of the Tucson Citizen before shutting down the paper in 2009.

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