Clark named GM of Athens Banner-Herald, OnlineAthens

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Kevin A. Clark has been promoted to general manager of Online Athens and the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. The announcement was made by GateHouse Media Georgia Group Publisher Michael Traynor.

"We are pleased to promote someone of Kevin's caliber to this important position in our organization," said Traynor. "Kevin has strong leadership skills and is the perfect fit to continue the evolution and transformation of our media company in Athens. During his career, he has served in many news and sales leadership roles, so he is well suited for his new responsibilities."

Clark grew up in Athens and graduated from Oconee County High School. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for seven years, he attended the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, where he received a bachelor of arts in journalism degree in 2000. He later served in various newsroom and advertising roles at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. He returned to his hometown as the vice-president of sales at the Athens media company in 2015.

In his new role, Clark will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of OnlineAthens.com and the Athens Banner-Herald, and all the products and services offered by the media company. He will report to Traynor.

"I am humbled and extremely excited about this tremendous opportunity," Clark said. "This company has always been very special to me and I look forward to helping continue its success while ensuring we remain a vibrant community resource for Athens and the surrounding area."

Clark and his wife Michelle have two children – Ethan, 16, and Abigail, 12.

Traynor also announced the promotion of Tina Laseter to director of sales and marketing. In this role, Laseter takes over daily supervision of the sales team and will work with them on creating more nuanced and advanced proposals to help clients.

"I look forward to working with my team to help local businesses grow," Laseter said. "I love the Athens community and I want it to be a vibrant place to live, work and play."

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