Richard Brack, the Journal-World's business editor since November 1997, has been named the newspaper's new managing editor.
The appointment was announced Monday by Dolph C. Simons Jr., editor and publisher.
"I am pleased we are able to move Richard Brack into the managing editor's position. He is a top-flight newsman, and I am confident he will do a first-class job," Simons said.
In his new position, Brack will have responsibility for management of the Journal-World's newsroom staff.
At the same time, Simons said, Journal-World Deputy Editor Bill Snead will become senior editor. In his new role, Snead will continue to advise the newspaper's editors and reporters and work on special projects.
"We are truly pleased also that Bill Snead will become senior editor, which will give him more time and freedom for writing and photography, fields in which he has a national reputation," Simons added.
"Our goal continues to be to publish as fine a paper as we can. Bill and Ric will stress excellence and community involvement by the paper, and they and the fine staff in our newsroom will continue to help us publish a superior paper for a market this size," he said.
In the early 1990s, Brack was a city hall reporter at the Journal-World. He returned to Lawrence in 1997 after a seven-year stint with The Des Moines Register. At the Register, he worked in a variety of roles, including as an editor on the paper's national and foreign desk, as a business writer and legislative editor. He also worked in Lawrence as a special correspondent of the now-defunct Kansas City Times.
Brack, 39, is a Great Bend native and alumnus of Kansas University's William Allen White School of Journalism, where he was editor of the University Daily Kansan.