ATLANTA (AP) _ The publisher of the Austin American-Statesman was named publisher Wednesday of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Cox Newspapers.

Roger Kintzel succeeds Dennis Berry, who was promoted last month to president and chief executive officer of Manheim Auctions, Cox Enterprises' auto auction business.

Michael Laosa, formerly group vice president of Cox Newspapers, Inc., succeeds Kintzel at the Austin newspaper.

Kintzel became publisher of the American-Statesman in 1986, after serving as publisher of Tribune Newspapers and president of Cox Arizona Publications for a year. Before that he was publisher of the Springfield (Ohio) Newspapers and business manager of Dayton (Ohio) Newspapers, Inc. He joined Cox in 1979 as financial editor of the Dayton (Ohio) Journal-Herald.

Laosa was promoted to group vice president of Cox Newspapers in January, 1995. He had served as publisher of Tribune Newspapers and president of Cox Arizona Publications since 1989. Prior to that he was circulation manger, general manager and publisher at the Port Arthur (Texas) News.

Cox Newspapers, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, publishes 18 daily newspapers and six weeklies in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Ohio.