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Dallas Paper Names New President

September 15, 1998

DALLAS (AP) _ Robert W. Mong Jr., an executive with A.H. Belo Corp., has been appointed president and general manager of The Dallas Morning News.

Mong will succeed Jeremy L. Halbreich, who is stepping down and will leave the paper after a brief transition.

``I just want to be a good steward at a great institution. That’s what a job like this is all about,″ Mong said. ``I’m blessed to be working with a lot of talented people.″

Mong, 49, is executive vice president of the publishing division of A.H. Belo, which owns the News. He joined the newspaper in 1979 as assistant city editor and later was business editor, projects editor and deputy managing editor before becoming managing editor in 1990. In 1996, he became publisher of one of Belo’s daily newspapers, the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro, Ky.

``Bob Mong played a pivotal role in the emergence of The Dallas Morning News as one of the truly distinguished newspapers in the United States,″ said Burl Osborne, the newspaper’s publisher and a member of the board of directors of The Associated Press. ``His varied experience over the last 19 years gives him a deep understanding of the values of a great newspaper, both for its readers and advertisers and for the communities it serves.″

Halbreich, 47, has been general manager since 1987 and president since 1991.

He said several ``attractive business opportunities _ both within and outside the media industry″ have been presented to him, but he did not feel comfortable exploring them while working for the News.

``I intend to focus my energies in pursuing an equally exciting and rewarding set of challenges as those I have had here at the newspaper,″ he said.

Halbreich joined the News in 1974 and set up the newspaper’s marketing department in 1979. He became vice president in 1980, senior vice president in 1983 and executive vice president in 1985.

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