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Publisher of The State Journal-Register retires

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The publisher of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill. has announced his retirement, effective June 19.

Richard Johnston was named publisher of the Journal-Register in July. He is also publisher of the Lincoln Courier. Both newspapers are owned by Fairport, N.Y.-based GateHouse Media Inc.

Johnston was publisher of several Midwestern dailies prior to joining the Journal-Register. He was publisher of The Pantagraph in Bloomington from 2007-2011.

GateHouse Media vice president Brad Dennison announced Thursday that GateHouse vice president of sales Michael Petrak will serve as interim publisher of the Springfield newspaper, starting June 17.