On Friday, Ed Moss was named chief executive officer of Stephens Media LLC, which owns the Herald Democrat, among other media companies. The change is effective Dec. 2. Moss replaces Michael Ferguson, who is stepping down.

On Friday, Ed Moss was named chief executive officer of Stephens Media LLC, which owns the Herald Democrat, among other media companies. The change is effective Dec. 2. Moss replaces Michael Ferguson, who is stepping down.


Most recently Moss held the position of president and CEO of the Denver Post and prior to that he served as president and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune.


During his career he has also served as president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, as well as publisher of newspapers in Michigan, Ohio, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. He and his wife Chris have six grown children and four grandchildren.


"We are delighted to welcome Ed to Stephens Media," said Stephens Media Board Chairman Warren Stephens. "Ed brings a wealth of talent to the company and will spearhead our increasing digital efforts."


Ferguson served in various capacities with Stephens Media and its predecessor Donrey Media Group since 1968. Before becoming chief executive officer in late 2010, Ferguson had served as chief operating officer of the company since 1999. He was formerly the publisher of the Inland Valley (Calif.) Daily Bulletin and the Woodland (Calif.) Daily Democrat.