John Dilmore named publisher of Journal and Sun
From Staff Reports
Northeast Texas Publishing, LP has named John Dilmore as editor and publisher of the Atlanta Citizens Journal and The Cass County Sun.
Dilmore started Monday and replaces Randy Grider at the position.
“I’m excited about this opportunity, and looking forward to getting to know the local communities,” Dilmore said.
“There’s no better way of doing that than telling the stories of the people and places that make these towns and Cass County unique.”
Dilmore said he would welcome input from the community. “I encourage people to share their stories, photos -- and their ideas,” he said. “These are the communities’ papers, and my door is open.”
Dilmore said that in addition to the focus on local news coverage, the papers’ staffs would continue to offer businesses comprehensive advertising strategies for reaching the market.
Grider is leaving the newspapers to take advantage of an opportunity in his native Alabama.
“I appreciate the hospitality that the people of Cass County have shown me,” Grider said.
“It was a tough decision to leave, but I was presented with a unique offer to oversee an arts and cultural center of which I had been on the advisory board prior to moving here.
“I will certainly miss Cass County, but I feel confident that John will continue to build on the papers’ successes and make them even better for the communities they serve.”
Dilmore is the former editor and publisher of the Claremore Daily Progress in Claremore, Okla.
He has also served as editor and general manager of the Andrews County News in Andrews and before that was publisher of the Alpine Avalanche in Alpine.
He is the former publisher and advertising manager of the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader in Siloam Springs, Ark. and former opinion page editor of the Benton County Daily Record in Bentonville, Ark.
He also worked as editor and publisher of community-focused publications in Alabama and Mississippi. He has won numerous awards for column and editorial writing.
Dilmore is a 1995 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He and his wife, Jennifer, will live in Atlanta.