MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia native has been named president and publisher of The Telegraph of Macon.
McClatchy Co. officials say 51-year-old Donald Bailey, of Thomaston, will succeed George McCanless, who left the newspaper in January to serve as president of the United Way of Central Georgia.
Bailey is leaving The Times in Shreveport, La., where he has served as president and publisher since January 2012. Bailey also has worked in leadership positions at The Augusta Chronicle and Savannah Morning News. He began his career in Macon as a Telegraph advertising intern in 1984 and eventually became sales and marketing manager.
McClatchy officials say Bailey was the best choice because he's handled major transitions in the industry.
"It's hard to imagine a more perfect fit," McClatchy President and CEO Pat Talamantes said in a news release. "Don has overseen the transition from print-oriented news and sales operations to digital publishing at two daily newspapers. And now he marries that invaluable experience with his knowledge of The Telegraph and his deep affection for the community."
Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia College. Bailey said he's excited about returning to Macon and rekindling relationships with the city and surrounding areas. Bailey is married with three children, two of whom were born in Macon.
"We are not just returning to Macon or The Telegraph," Bailey said. "Chelle and I see this as coming home to where our lives began together."
Bailey returns to The Telegraph April 8.
Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com