DENVER - MediaNews Group Inc.'s founder and chairman, William Dean Singleton, will retire prior to the company's annual meeting in December, the company announced on Monday.
MediaNews is the parent company of New England Newspapers Inc., which operates The Berkshire Eagle, North Adams Transcript, Advocate, Bennington (Vt.) Banner, and Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer.
Singleton, 62, will continue as non-executive chairman of The Denver Post. Mac Tully, president and CEO of The Denver Post, will become its publisher.
Singleton, with the late Richard B. Scudder, founded the company in 1984 and built it to become the nation's second largest newspaper company as measured by daily circulation. Scudder died in 2012 at age 99.
"It is time for me to begin working on my bucket list," said Singleton. "It has been an honor to assemble and lead the newspaper industry's finest group of professionals."
He continued, "My longtime friend John Paton has begun a transformation of MediaNews into an exciting digital news company. I retire confident of its future under John's dynamic leadership."
"Dean is a newspaper legend and you don't replace a legend," said John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media and MediaNews Group. "Our job now will be to build on the great company Dean has created."
Singleton began his newspaper career at age 15 as a part-time reporter in his hometown of Graham, Texas, and bought his first newspaper at age 21. He served on the board of the Newspaper Association of America from 1993 until 2004, and was chairman of NAA in 2002 and 2003. He was chairman of the Associated Press Board of Directors from 2007 until 2012.
He also has served on the boards of the National Sports Center for the Disabled, the Winter Park Recreational Association and the University of Denver.
Digital First Media is headquartered in New York City, and jointly manages MediaNews Group and 21st Century Media. Digital First Media reaches 67 million Americans each month through more than 800 multi-platform products across 18 states.
MediaNews Group Inc. is the nation's second largest newspaper company as measured by circulation, with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. MediaNews Group and its affiliated companies publish 57 daily newspapers and more than 100 non-daily publications in 11 states.