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Chronicle-Express Publisher, Sales staff terminated

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Publisher Karen Morris, Sales Manager Candy Scutt and Sales Executive Cheryl Maslyn no longer work at The Chronicle-Express.

Their positions were eliminated by Gannett Co, which owns the 196-year-old weekly publication and website. The moves follow by three months the elimination of longtime editor and reporter Gwen Chamberlain’s position.

These cuts come in the wake of November’s merger of New Media Investment Group and Gannett. As USA TODAY reported last November, the combined company seeks to achieve hundreds of millions in savings by shedding overlapping costs in a challenging time for the local news industry.

The needs of Finger Lakes advertisers will continue to be served by The Chronicle-Express, said Rick Emanuel, senior director of sales. Businesses and organizations with any immediate needs  may contact Advertising Director Heather Falkey at HFalkey@localiq.com.

“Gannett values the Penn Yan market as being an integral part of the Finger Lakes,” Emanuel said. “We look forward to serving both our readers and our advertisers in the future.”

Morris began her newspaper career as a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor in 1970. She celebrated her 25th anniversary of employment at The Chronicle-Express in May. As publisher, she provided business management and support of the newsroom in serving Penn Yan area readers.

Scutt was with The Chronicle-Express for 27 years, rising through the ranks of sales to become head of the department over a decade ago. She managed the largest and oldest advertiser accounts, and oversaw of the ad layout of the weekly paper and numerous special editions.

Maslyn came to The Chronicle-Express seven years ago from The Finger Lakes Times. She worked closely with  local merchants and was valued for her friendly and accommodating business manner.