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Maurice "Buddy" King named publisher of the Texarkana Gazette

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Mar 28, 2006 -- Maurice "Buddy" King has been named publisher of the Texarkana Gazette and president of the Palmer Newspapers. "Buddy King has done an outstanding job," said Walter Hussman, Jr., publisher of the Texarkana Gazette since 1981. "He has good journalistic instincts and extensive knowledge in newspaper publishing. We are pleased to name him publisher."
   
King is the first non-family publisher of the Texarkana Gazette since Clyde Palmer purchased the paper in the 1920s. Palmer was publisher of the paper until his death in 1957. His son-in-law, Walter E. Hussman, was publisher from 1957 until 1981. "It's an honor for Walter to do this," King said. "It completely surprised me. It is a distinct honor and one that I cherish."
   
King was also named president of the Palmer Newspapers, a publishing group that includes the Texarkana Gazette, the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record, the El Dorado New-Times, the Camden News and the Magnolia Banner-News. These newspapers were acquired by Clyde E. Palmer during the 1920s.
   
Although the company later expanded, the Palmer Newspapers were the founding newspapers of what today is WEHCO Media, Inc.
   
King began his newspaper career as a carrier for the Paragould Daily Press in 1955. After a stint in the U.S. Navy, he returned to the Daily Press. He worked there full time in circulation and production while attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., receiving a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in journalism.
  
King worked in all areas of the Daily Press: Hot metal back shop, advertising department, reporter, advertising manager, assistant to the publisher and general manager.

In 1982, he joined Harte Hanks Communications as publisher of the Malvern Daily Record in Malvern, Ark. He later managed six newspapers in South Alabama before becoming general manager of the Texarkana Gazette just over 17 years ago. In 1998 he was named vice president of Palmer Newspapers.
   
King has served on the Arkansas Press Association board of directors for 17 years, and was its president in 2000. He is currently a board member of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association.
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