Alton Brown named president of Chattanooga Times Free Press

July 8, 2022 GMT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has named Alton Brown as the newspaper’s president.

Nat W. Lea IV, president and chief executive officer of WEHCO Media Inc., announced Brown’s appointment Wednesday.

Brown, 59, has served in newspaper management roles for more than three decades in Georgia, Ohio, Arizona and North Carolina. He spent the past five years as publisher of the Winston-Salem Journal.

Brown will lead operations of the Chattanooga Publishing Co., as well as its online, newspaper and magazine operations in Chattanooga.

“Chattanooga is a beautiful city and my wife and I are really excited about becoming engaged members of the community,” Brown told Times Free Press employees on Wednesday. “But the big attraction for me was the core values of this newspaper and the commitment and dedication to quality journalism.”

Mark Lane, president of WEHCO Media’s newspaper division, had temporarily led the Times Free Press after the resignation of newspaper President Jeff DeLoach in March.

“Alton is a newspaper and media veteran who has a track record of proven success,” Lane said. “He cares deeply about local journalism and building relationships with the community, advertisers and team members.”