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Decherd to retire from Dallas-based AH Belo

DALLAS (AP) -- The CEO of Dallas-based A.H. Belo (BEE'-loh) Corporation plans to retire in September and will become vice chairman of the board of directors.

Company officials on Wednesday announced 62-year-old Robert Decherd (DEK'-erd) will be succeeded by James Moroney III.

Moroney is executive vice president of A.H. Belo and has served as publisher and CEO of The Dallas Morning News since 2001. The 56-year-old Moroney will continue those roles with the company's flagship newspaper.

Decherd has been chief executive officer for A.H. Belo since the company spun off from Belo Corp. in February 2008. He was CEO of Belo Corp. from 1987 until 2008. Decherd has been with Belo nearly 40 years.

A.H. Belo also owns the Denton Record-Chronicle, The Providence (R.I.) Journal and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.