Kerr named business manager of Press Journal in Vero Beach, Fla.

Mon, August 13, 2001 by Tim Stautberg

CINCINNATI – Kim Kerr has been named business manager of the Press Journal in Vero Beach, Fla., effective immediately. Kerr’s appointment to this new position comes after serving the last four years as human resource manager of the newspaper. As business manager, Kerr will assume many of the duties previously held by Darryl Hicks, who recently retired after 16 years as the newspaper’s general manager. Kerr, 42, will continue to oversee human resources at the Press Journal as well as administration, production and facilities management. She will also assume the public role in the community previously handled by Hicks. “Kim is a very thoughtful and skilled manager who has had a long and successful career at the Press Journal,” said Rebecca Freeman, general manager and vice president of Scripps Treasure Coast Publishing Company. “She’s dedicated to the community, to the readers, to the advertisers and to our employees.”Treasure Coast Publishing is an operating unit of The E.W. Scripps Company that includes three daily newspapers – the Press Journal, The Stuart (Fla.) News and The Tribune in Fort Pierce, Fla. – the TCPalm Web site and two weekly newspapers, the Jupiter Courier and Sebastian Sun. Kerr has spent her entire 20-year professional career at the Press Journal, starting in 1981 with various clerical assignments. In 1988, she was appointed facility manager for the newspaper, a position she held until 1997, when she became the human resource manager.She holds a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Palm Beach Atlantic College. Kerr is currently the vice president of the Treasure Coast Human Resource Association and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks and interactive media. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations and three cable television networks, with plans to launch a fourth.Scripps national television network brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, Do It Yourself and Fine Living, due to launch in early 2002.The company also operates Scripps Howard News Service, United Media, the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT, and 31 Web sites, including hgtv.com, foodtv.com, diynet.com and comics.com.

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