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Minford named Maui News publisher

Chris Minford

Chris Minford, The Maui News’ circulation manager for the past 20 years, has been named publisher of the newspaper and its other publications and websites.

Minford, who will continue in his role as circulation manager, takes over for interim publisher Bart Leath.

“I am very honored and humbled to take on this new role at The Maui News,” said Minford. “I was born and raised in Hawaii and have lived on Maui for 34 years. Maui is a very special place and The Maui News has been at the heart of covering the news and the happenings on Maui for 120 years.

“The Maui News has a rich tradition of excellence, amazing employees, and outstanding news reporting — all of which I want to continue. There are so many people to thank that I have worked with over the years and helped me get to where I am today.”

Prior to being named circulation manager in 2000, Minford was a district manager in circulation, starting with the company in 1988 when the paper was owned by the Cameron family. In 2002, Minford was also given the duty of managing the mailroom where the newspaper is put together each night before it’s delivered to carriers.

Minford resides in Kihei with his wife Dawne. Dawne is a lifelong Maui girl who happens to be the advertising director at The Maui News, has worked at the paper for more than 35 years.

“I am excited and very happy that Chris has been named publisher,” said Interim Publisher Bart Leath. “I have worked with Chris for 20 years, and he has always been a great supporter of The Maui News as well as Maui. I am sure he will do a great job leading The Maui News forward.”

Minford added, “The newspaper industry faces challenges and we here at The Maui News are no exception. I look forward to the challenges ahead and know that with the team that we have here at The Maui News we will move forward together and give ourselves the best chance to succeed. Maui is truly a special place and a unique community — Maui needs a strong community newspaper and The Maui News has served that purpose for 120 years. With hard work and support from the community, we will evolve and continue in that role, for years to come.”

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