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Ackerman to replace Starren as The Union publisher

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Jeff Ackerman will become publisher of The Union on Feb. 1.

He currently is publisher of The Nevada Appeal in Carson City, Nev., and general manager of Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers, a group which includes the Tahoe Daily Tribune and several weekly and semi-weekly newspapers in the Lake Tahoe area.

Peter Starren, publisher of The Union since 1998, will succeed Ackerman in the Carson City and Tahoe-Carson Area Newspapers posts.

Ackerman, 50, is returning to Grass Valley, where he started work as a reporter and editor at The Union 17 years ago. He became managing editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune in 1986. He later worked as editor, general manager and publisher of The Bonanza, a newspaper at Incline Village, Nev., before he was named publisher of The Nevada Appeal.

“I’ve always considered Grass Valley to be home,” Ackerman said. “I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Starren will move to Carson City with his wife, Beverly Mobley, in the next few weeks and begin his new job on Feb. 1.

“I’ve loved working and living in Nevada County. Beverly and I had no intention of moving on, but the opportunity to run a group of newspapers was too compelling to pass up. I’ve worked with the best newspaper staff ever, and we’ve made some lifelong friends. I’ll miss them all very much. I feel good about leaving the paper in the hands of my friend Jeff Ackerman,” Starren said.

The publisher is the top executive at a newspaper and oversees all the newspaper departments such as news, advertising, production, circulation and the business office.

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