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Schurz appointments announced

November 02, 2005

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Schurz Communications Inc., the parent company of The Herald-Mail Co., announced Monday that its board of directors has named Franklin D. Schurz Jr. as the company's chairman of the board and chief executive officer.

Schurz has been the company's president and director for the past 23 years.

Company officials also announced that Todd F. Schurz has been named president and chief operating officer.

Before serving as president and director, Franklin Schurz was editor and publisher of the South Bend Tribune Inc. in South Bend, and The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail in Hagerstown. During his 26 years in the newspaper side of the industry, he served as president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, the Hoosier State Press Association, the Chesapeake A.P. Association, and the Institute of Newspaper Controllers and Finance Officers.

Prior to joining SCI in 1989, Todd Schurz worked for the Times Journal Co. in Springfield, Va., and for the New York Daily News during graduate school.

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He has worked in management at the Tribune and WSBT television and radio in South Bend and at WDBJ television in Roanoke, Va. He was the president and publisher of Associated Desert Shoppers in Palm Desert, Calif.; president, editor and publisher of the South Bend Tribune; corporate vice president of technology and business development and president and general manager of WSBT Television.

Born in San Francisco, Todd Schurz attended Brown University in Rhode Island, and graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and economics. In 1989, he received his master of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with majors in marketing and management.

SCI is a diversified, privately owned, nationwide communication company that began in 1872 when the South Bend Tribune was launched. The company publishes 11 daily newspapers, as well as weekly and niche publications with a combined circulation of 225,000 in medium and small markets.

It also has five television stations, owns or operates 10 radio stations, two cable television companies, including Antietam Cable in Hagerstown, advertising shopper publications and a printing company.

SCI has a presence in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Missouri, Georgia and Virginia.

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