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Tribune Names Pa. Publisher

Tim Kennedy takes over Allentown's 'Morning Call.'
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named Tim Kennedy publisher of

The Morning Call

, its daily newspaper in Allentown, Pa.

The Chicago-based publisher said Kennedy has served as vice president/strategy and development for Tribune Publishing since 2001.

"Tim is a talented executive who is extremely familiar with the important issues facing the newspaper industry," said Kathy Waltz, Tribune Publishing group vice president. "He's a proven leader and gained hands-on experience in his group role, where he helped expand our local publishing businesses."

"The Lehigh Valley is an exciting place to be and The Morning Call is a wonderful newspaper," Kennedy said. "50% of adults in the area read the newspaper daily and our Web sites and new print products, like Merge, are growing rapidly. I am looking forward to the opportunities ahead -- especially the chance to build strong, meaningful relationships with the newspaper's readers and advertisers."

On Monday, Tribune shares rose a dime to $30.77.