Less than two weeks after announcing its acquisition of the Red Deer Express, Black Press Ltd. has named a new publisher for the weekly newspaper.
Tracey Scheveers will head the Express beginning July 19.
Currently responsible for special sections and trade printing at the Red Deer Advocate, which is also owned by Black Press, Scheveers is no stranger to community newspapers. Prior to joining the Advocate in 2009, she served as publisher of the Rocky Mountain Outlook and as a sales representative with the Stettler Independent.
Black Press Ltd. — whose holdings include newspapers and printing operations in Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Ohio and Hawaii — purchased the Express from Great West Newspapers, LP effective July 1. Former Express publisher Graham Schofield has remained with Great West Newspapers.
The Express is published on Wednesdays and distributed to homes and drop boxes in Red Deer and nearby communities.
Fred Gorman, president of Black Press’s Prairie Newspaper Group and publisher of the Advocate, has said the Express will maintain its own newsroom and sales staff.
Black Press’s other newspaper holdings in Central Alberta consist of the Stettler Independent, Ponoka News, Rimbey Review, Bashaw Star and Castor Advance.