Ohio's Blade newspaper names executive editor

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Posted: Dec 16, 2009 8:24 AM

Kurt Franck has been promoted to executive editor at The Blade.

The 53-year-old Franck joined the newspaper in 2000 as managing editor. He succeeds Ron Royhab, who is retiring as editor and vice president.

Dave Murray has been promoted from special assignments editor to managing editor, and David Kushma is joining The Blade as editor.

Publisher John Robinson Block announced the appointments Tuesday.

Franck previously worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel and United Press International.

Murray has worked at The Blade for more than 30 years, starting as a reporter. Kushma previously ran his own communications company in the Detroit area.

The Blade is owned by Block Communications Inc. and has a weekday circulation of about 115,000.