Former Pittsburg Morning Sun Publisher Steven Wade, currently serving as publisher of the Independence Examiner and the Blue Springs Examiner, will take on additional responsibilities soon.
A source connected to the Independence newspaper told The Turner Report that Wade will add publisher of his old newspaper, the Pittsburg Morning Sun, as well as the Carthage Press and Neosho Daily News to his job description.
The source indicated that the person who currently holds those positions, Steve Boggs, has not been fired (more likely, he saw this as an opportune time to leave a sinking ship), but has taken a position with another newspaper company.
Boggs took over management of the local newspapers after Rick Rogers left for an executive position with American Consolidated Media, a company whose CEO is former Neosho Daily News Publisher and GateHouse Media executive Randy Cope.
The source indicated that Wade's additional responsibilities may be temporary, but could become permanent, if GateHouse's past history of eliminating one position after another to centralize its operations repeats itself.
Wade took the Independence publishing job as part of a restructuring of GateHouse at the beginning of 2012, that included the firing of dozens of publishers across the United States, changing the time-honored model of having a local publisher at each newspaper to having one who ran several publications.
At the same time Wade left for Independence, Boggs, who was already publisher at Carthage and Neosho, as well as running weekly publications in Aurora and Greenfield, added the Pittsburg Morning Sun to his responsibilities.