On the move

Bob Keisser found himself in a dream situation this summer: creating his own sports department.

 

In July, the longtime Long Beach Press-Telegram sports reporter became the Long Beach Register sports editor. The Register, which first published on Aug. 19, is a six-day-a-week, 16-to-40-page newspaper wrapped around the Orange County Register.

 

Keisser recognizes how odd creating a newspaper in an economy where many are shrinking or even disappearing seems. But after 16 years at the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner and almost 23 at the Press-Telegram, he wanted the challenge.

 

One of the biggest: a lack of file photos. “You literally have nothing at the start,” Keisser said.

 

Jake Kaplan and Jim Thomas joined Keisser in August, and Will D'Urso began in late November. They were so busy at the start that Keisser joked their next day off would be Thanksgiving.

 

But Keisser said he doesn't mind the hard work. He said seeing the number of people at the Orange County Register during a visit in July sparked his interest to join. The newspaper had added staffers and increased focus on its print product after Aaron Kushner bought it last year.

 

“I wouldn't have been able to forgive myself if I had passed up this opportunity,” Keisser said. “It's a hell of a lot of work, but it's rewarding.”

 

He's described some of the design work as “drop-dead beautiful” with lots of photos. He added that a Thursday combined edition weighs as much as eight pounds.

 

But the Long Beach Register has a lot to do to catch up with the Press-Telegram. The Orange County Register reported in August that the Press-Telegram had an estimated circulation of about 60,000 and the Orange County Register just 2,600 in that market.

 

Furthermore, the Press-Telegram reported in August that the paper planned to add reporters and editors, expand the number of pages and update its website.

 

“We're determined, and we're going to invest in our papers,” Los Angeles News Group publisher Ron Hasse said, according to the article.

 

The Long Beach Register, however, has many people familiar with the city, which has a population of nearly 475,000. Some previously worked at the Press-Telegram.

 

Former Press-Telegram publisher Ian Lamont holds the same role at the Long Beach Register. Former Press-Telegram city editor Paul Eakins is the editor, and news reporters Greg Mellen and Kelly Puente have experience in the market.

 

Anecdotally, it seems the Register is gaining traction. Kaplan no longer must explain to sources the Register is a new community newspaper. Instead, he said, coaches are sending results like they would to any paper and athletes' parents recognize him at games.

 

“We're in a pretty good groove four months later,” Kaplan said. “We're definitely picking up steam.”

 

Personnel moves across the nation:

 

ATLANTIC COAST

 

Wilmington StarNews: Hired former Wyoming Tribune Eagle University of Wyoming beat writer Alex Riley to cover UNC-Wilmington

 

GREAT LAKES

 

Cleveland.com: Hired Nubyjas Wilborn as high school sports reporter

 

The (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette: Promoted sports editor Jim Rossow to executive editor … named Jeff D'Alessio managing editor for news … promoted Fred Kroner to executive sports editor

 

MLive.com: Hired Justin Dacey as sports reporter at Kalamazoo Gazette

 

Northwest Herald: Hired John Sahly as web editor

 

St. Paul Pioneer Press: Hired former Fox Sports Florida reporter Chris Tomasson as Minnesota Vikings beat writer

 

Times of Northwest Indiana: Hired David Keck as sports editor

 

GREAT PLAINS

 

Associated Press: Hired Cliff Brunt as Oklahoma City sports writer

 

Columbia Daily Tribune: Hired Blake Toppmeyer from Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig to cover University of Missouri Olympic sports

 

Topeka Capital-Journal: Hired Jesse Newell to cover University of Kansas

 

MID-ATLANTIC

 

NJ.com: Hired Dan Duggan to cover Rutgers football/basketball … hired AJ Perez as GA reporter … moved Jordan Raanan to New York Giants beat … moved Brendan Kuty to New York Yankees beat … hired Randy Miller to cover New Jersey Devils … hired Dom Cosentino from Deadspin to cover New York Jets

 

PennLive: Promoted sports manager Paul Vigna to enterprise editor … promoted Michael Sedor to sports manager

 

USA Today: Hired Nancy Armour from Associated Press as sports enterprise writer

 

York Daily Record: Promoted Lyzz Jones to sports editor to replace Chris Otto

 

NORTHEAST

 

ESPN: Moved David Ching from UGA beat to LSU … lost Jason King, who became Bleacher Report's lead college basketball writer

 

Glens Falls Post-Star: Hired Brett Hudson as sports reporter

 

Maine Press Herald: Had sports reporter Paul Betit retire after 38 years … hired Mark Emmert as sports reporter

 

MassLive: Hired Jason Mastrodonato as new Boston Red Sox beat writer

 

MLB.com: Hired former Chicago Tribune reporter Phil Rogers as columnist

 

NORTHWEST

 

OregonLive: Moved Jason Quick from Portland Trail Blazers beat to Oregon football

 

Tacoma News-Tribune: Hired former Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Bob Dutton to cover Seattle Mariners

 

SOUTHEAST

 

AL.com: Promoted Izzy Gould to sports manager

 

Athens Banner-Herald: Promoted sports editor Chris White to Director of Audience … promoted former assistant sports editor Rachel Bowers to sports editor

 

Knoxville News Sentinel: Lost assistant sports editor Gregg Hampton, who became managing editor at the Greenwood, S.C., Index-Journal

 

Memphis Commercial Appeal: Hired former Syracuse.com Syracuse University football beat writer Michael Cohen as enterprise reporter

 

Paducah Sun: Hired Daniel Paulling as sports reporter

 

SOUTHWEST

 

Houston Chronicle: Hired former MassLive Red Sox reporter Evan Drellich to cover Houston Astros

 

WESTERN

 

CBSSports.com: Hired former San Francisco Chronicle Cal reporter Hunter Hewitt as associate content producer

 

LANG: Promoted Tom Moore to Executive Sports Editor … hired Christina Gullickson as sports digital producer from Santa Cruz Sentinel

 

Long Beach Register: Hired William D'Urso as a sports reporter

 

Salt Lake Tribune: Hired Bubba Brown as preps reporter

 

San Luis Obispo Tribune: Hired Alex Jankowski as high school sports reporter

Compiled by Daniel Paulling of the Paducah (Ky.) Sun

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