Paul R. Smith new president of WEHCO Newspapers, Inc.
Original article published in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas -- April 16, 2006 -- Paul R. Smith, vice president and general manager of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 1981, has been named president of WEHCO Newspapers, Inc.
Smith, 61, also has been named president of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inc., a subsidiary of WEHCO Newspapers, Inc.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inc. publishes the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Northwest Arkansas Times in Fayetteville and The Benton County Daily Record, as well as eight weeklies.
WEHCO Newspapers, Inc. also owns the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, the Texarkana Gazette, the Hot Springs Sentinel Record, the El Dorado News-Times, the Camden News and the Magnolia Banner News.
"Paul Smith has done an outstanding job in managing our newspapers in Little Rock, Chattanooga and Northwest Arkansas," said Walter E. Hussman Jr., publisher of the Democrat-Gazette and chief executive officer of WEHCO Media, Inc., parent of WEHCO Newspapers, Inc.
"This promotion is a recognition of his great contribution to our company and to the quality and performance of our newspapers," Hussman said.
Smith joined the Arkansas Democrat in 1974 and was advertising director until 1981, when he was promoted to vice president and general manager.
"I really thank God that I've had the opportunity to work throughout my career for this company," Smith said. "I've been blessed by my association with Walter Hussman and all the great people that work for this company. I appreciate the new opportunities, and I and everybody else will do everything we can to put out the best newspapers we can for our readers and our advertisers."
Smith grew up on a small farm near Junction City and began his newspaper career at the El Dorado News-Times, where he rose to the position of general manager.
He is past-president of the Arkansas Newspaper Advertising Managers Association and the Midwest Newspaper Advertising Executive Association. He has served on local advisory boards for the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and Big Brothers and Sisters.
He and his wife Elizabeth have three children and three grandchildren.