Carl N. Cannon, executive vice president of newspapers for Morris Publishing Group and publisher of The
Florida Times-Union, will step down as executive vice president and publisher at the end of December and retire from Morris Communications Company in August 2008. The announcement was made today by William S. Morris III, chairman of Morris Communications.
Cannon has been with Morris Communications for 42 years and has been publisher of the Times-Union in Jacksonville since 1990. After he leaves these positions, he will continue with Morris Communications, Morris Publishing’s parent company, as an executive vice president focusing on corporate duties, including the company’s visitor publications in Europe, until his retirement.
“Carl Cannon is one of the finest executives I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Mr. Morris said. “His leadership skills and management expertise have been instrumental in helping our company grow and prosper over his career, and he will be deeply missed.”
Cannon, a native of Vidalia, Ga., began his career with Morris Communications in 1965 as an advertising sales representative at The Augusta Chronicle after graduating from the Henry W. Grady School of
Journalism at the University of Georgia.
He was retail advertising manager at the Chronicle in 1972, when he was promoted to advertising director of the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal. In January 1983 he became general manager of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News. In July 1988 he was named Western Group newspaper manager on
the corporate staff of Morris Publishing.
“I’ve had a wonderful career with Morris, especially my time as publisher here,” Cannon said. “I admire the quality of the people who work at the Times-Union, and the quality of the products they put out and their commitment to Jacksonville.
“Although I will miss the day-to-day operational role, I feel as though the time is right to step down. I have enjoyed the many years I have been with the Morris family and look forward to further corporate work until I formally retire.”
Cannon has participated in numerous community activities in Jacksonville and said he expects to stay involved. He has served on the boards of and held the chairman’s position for the Jacksonville Symphony
Association, The Gator Bowl Association, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. He is past president of the Florida Press Association and the Florida Press Service, and is president-elect of the Jacksonville Downtown Rotary. He and his wife, Rita, have three children and five grandchildren.
William S. Morris IV, president and CEO of Morris Publishing Group, said Cannon was a great support when he was publisher of the St. Augustine (Fla.) Record.
“Carl taught me much about the newspaper profession, as well as about being a good father and husband. He has made a very valuable contribution to our company during his tenure and he has done a wonderful job of leading the newspaper during some interesting times in its history and that of the
city of Jacksonville.”
James Currow, executive vice president of newspapers for Morris Publishing Group, will become interim publisher until a new publisher is named.
Morris Communications Company, LLC is a privately held media company based in Augusta, Ga. with diversified holdings that include newspaper publishing, visitor guide publishing, outdoor advertising, magazine publishing, radio broadcasting, book publishing and distribution and online services.
Morris Publishing Group, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Morris Communications Company, LLC. Morris Publishing currently owns and operates 13 daily newspapers as well as nondaily newspapers, city magazines, and other free community publications in the Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Alaska.