Josh O’Connor has been named president and publisher of Sound Publishing. The appointment was announced by Rick O’Connor, president and CEO of Sound Publishing’s parent, Black Press Group Ltd.
At the same time, the company announced that Terry Ward has been promoted to vice president of Sound Publishing. He will continue to serve as publisher of the Peninsula Daily News in Port Angele, Wash., as well as the weeklies the Sequim Gazette, Forks Forum, and community newspapers in Kitsap County and Aberdeen.
Ward will also be responsible for overseeing newspapers Sound is acquiring in Juneau, Kenai and Homer, Alaska.
“I’m honored and humbled by the trust placed in me to take on this new leadership role with Sound Publishing,” Ward said.
The moves follow the departure of former Sound President Gloria Fletcher to become publisher of the Tulsa World in Oklahoma and vice president of the Southern Newspaper Division for the BH Media Group.
Josh O’Connor will continue to serve as publisher of the Daily Herald in Everett, Wash., a position he has held since 2013. He joined Black Press in 1998 in Surrey, British Columbia, as a sales executive and had management roles at its publications in Surrey, Richmond and Abbotsford.
Ward joined Sound Publishing as group publisher overseeing the Olympic Peninsula News Group in September 2015 and was appointed regional publisher in April 2016. He was previously the CEO of KPC Media Group in Indiana. Prior to his time at KPC Media Group, Ward was the director of sales and digital for GateHouse Media’s Community Newspaper Division