Tony Bernados to return to Augusta to lead newspaper's diverse media portfolio

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Tony Bernados has been named the new president of The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle and Chronicle Media.

Bernados, a 19-year veteran of the media industry, has spent the last two years as president and publisher of GateHouse Media's St. Augustine (Fla.) Record and 12 years with Augusta-based Morris Communications in key advertising and revenue roles. Prior to joining Morris, Bernados held executive positions with Scripps Howard, Evening Post Publishing Company and Block Communications.

"We are excited to have Tony return to Augusta to lead our diverse media portfolio. He brings experience, a deep commitment to community and is well suited to lead The Chronicle team as we evolve and transform our products and services," said Mike Traynor, Gatehouse Media Georgia Group publisher, who made the announcement Monday. "In his new position, Tony will be responsible for all facets of the day-to-day operations of The Chronicle and its portfolio of assets."

Bernados will start in his new position June 5.

"Tony knows this business and he knows this community," said Chronicle publisher William S. Morris III. "He's done a great job in the past and he is poised to be a strong leader for our future."

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