Pam Siddall has been named publisher of The Birmingham News. The announcement about the Alabama native will begin work in Birmingham on Jan. 11, said Ricky Mathews, president of Advance Alabama/Mississippi newspapers. The group includes The News and The Huntsville Times, as well as The Mississippi Press in Pascagoula and the Press-Register in Mobile, where Mathews serves as president and publisher.
Siddall succeeds Victor Hanson III, who retired as president and publisher of The News at the end of November. It is the first time in the newspaper's history that a Hanson is not in charge.
"Pam Siddall is an excellent media executive," Mathews said Monday. "She is passionate about newspapers and the role they play in society. She has a proven track record of success. She is keenly aware of the mass reach of the combined print and online editions of The Birmingham News and is just the one to lead The Birmingham News into the future, further strengthening its position as a multimedia company.She has been president and publisher of The Wichita Eagle since November 2007.
Update: Media of Birmingham also posted an item on the announcement, including links to Siddall's previous newspapers as wel as Twitter and Facebook accounts.