Michael Kane new Star publisher

Dateline: Wed 16 Jul 2008

A sports-loving publisher and a fan of ice hockey, Michael Kane of Rochester, N.Y., will take over as publisher of the Indianapolis Star, the paper's Tom Spalding reports.

Kane, 49, a father of four, formerly headed the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester. That's a paper with a long history of labor problems between the newspaper Guild and management. The union membership there was 16 long years without a contract, which was just approved this past June.

According to other sources, Kane sounds like a community-minded publisher. He's won kudos for his marketing skills. He seems respected as a savvy manager. He's been with Gannett since 1992,

As for the other Indy connection to Rochester, that would be former Star AME editor Neill Borowski, who now toils as managing editor for the Democrat and Chronicle. Here's a little twist: I'm told Borowski interviewed a while back for the M.E. position in Indy, the seat vacated by Pamela Fine, who left Gannett for academic life.

Here is more of Kane's bio from Gannett's press release:

"Kane joined Gannett in 1992 as manager of marketing services at The News Journal in Wilmington, DE, and became director of market development at the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal in 1993. He held various management positions at The Journal News in Westchester County, NY, before becoming president and publisher of the Lansing (MI) State Journal and regional vice president for Gannett's Midwest Newspaper Group.

"In 2005, he was named president and publisher of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and regional vice president for Gannett's East Newspaper Group.

"Kane received a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from Virginia Tech in 1981."

Kane is taking the place of Barbara Henry, who is stepping down/being pushed aside. A Gannettoid, referring to Herny, said Kane had big shoes to fill, which has everyone cracking wise about the size of Henry's feet.

I don't know Kane, but again, I doubt if Dennis Ryerson survives as executive editor. Kane will want to bring his own people in, as Henry did. Dennis does not strike any of us as a huge ice-hockey-fan type of a guy. Plus, he was tied to Henry, who brought him on board. As her fortunes fall....

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