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New publisher named for Telegraph

George McCanless, who has worked in the newspaper business for 25 years, has been named publisher of The Telegraph and macon.com.

McCanless, 51, comes to Macon from The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. where he has been its senior vice president of finance and strategic planning since March 2004. He joined the paper in May 2000 as its chief financial officer and vice president of finance.

McCanless was introduced to staffers this afternoon and will begin working at The Telegraph by mid-February.

He said it fulfills a long-time goal to become a publisher.

"I am very eager to get started here," said McCanless, a Salisbury, N.C., native. "(He and his wife Rebecca) are excited about Macon becoming our new home."

He replaces Pamela “P.J.” Browning who came to The Telegraph in January 2005, and was named president and publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in December.

Prior to joining the Raleigh newspaper, McCanless had previously served as director of administration at The Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y.; chief financial officer of The New Haven Register in New Haven, Conn.; and finance director of The Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Rock Hill, S.C. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

The newspapers in Macon and Raleigh are owned by The McClatchy Co., which publishes 31 daily newspapers and is the nation's second-largest newspaper publisher.

For more on this story, come back to Macon.com or see Thursday's Telegraph.

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