Cannon named president and publisher of Redding (Calif.) Record Searchlight

Wed, May 10, 2006 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Shanna S. Cannon, an experienced newspaper publisher with a solid background in advertising sales and general management, is returning to The E. W. Scripps Company as president and publisher of the Redding (Calif.) Record Searchlight.   Cannon succeeds Deborah Smiddy, who last month was named director of newspaper advertising for Scripps.   This will be Cannon’s second stint at a Scripps newspaper. In the 1990s she worked five years as the national and major accounts manager for the San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Telegram-Tribune, which was owned by Scripps at the time.   “Shanna Cannon has a deep and impressive record in the newspaper business,” said Mark Contreras, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps. “She’s known for providing quality leadership that inspires great journalism as well as achieving consistently strong advertising revenue, cash flow and circulation performance. Her expertise as an accomplished newspaper publisher will help us build on the successes Deb Smiddy has achieved in Redding.”   Cannon, 35, comes to the Record Searchlight from The Garden Island, a Lee Enterprises newspaper on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She’s been president and publisher of The Garden Island since 2003.   Cannon began her newspaper career in Paris, Texas, where she took a job as a classified “ad-visor” to help finance her education.   Shortly thereafter, she went to work for the Telegram-Tribune. From the Telegram-Tribune she went to work briefly for the New Times in San Luis Obispo before becoming general manager of the Times-Press-Recorder in Arroyo Grande, Calif.   In 2000, she was named advertising director of The Santa Maria (Calif.) Times and between 2001 and 2003 served as general manager and vice president of advertising for Pulitzer Central Coast Newspapers.    Cannon is a member of the board of directors of the Hawaii Publishers Association, the Kauai Food Bank and the Rotary Club of Kauai. She also is associated with the Kauai Chamber of Commerce.   About Scripps   The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, electronic commerce, interactive media, and licensing and syndication.   The company’s portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country and HGTVPro; daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch; and United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics; and Shop At Home, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers in roughly 57 million U.S. households and online through shopathometv.com.

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