Randy C. Mitchell, a group publisher for GateHouse Media Inc. with three decades of newspaper management experience, has been named chief executive officer of KPC Media Group.

Mitchell is a solid newspaperman with wide experience and enthusiasm for the industry, said KPC President Terry G. Housholder.

“He knows Indiana, having been a newspaper publisher in Wabash and Peru, and will fit well into our communities,” Housholder said. “He has the skills we need to continue to grow our operations and better serve our customers.”

Mitchell replaces Terry R. Ward, who has taken a group publisher’s position with Sound Publishing in Washington state. Ward joined KPC in 2012.

Mitchell, 52, who most recently lived in Newton, Kansas, will begin his duties at KPC on Sept. 21.

KPC publishes the daily newspapers based in Kendallville, Auburn and Angola, along with the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and several weekly newspapers.

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