Freedom Communications Inc. announced Wednesday that Al Frattura has been named publisher of both the Daily Press in Victorville and the Desert Dispatch in Barstow, along with Freedom's local weekly publications and digital offerings.
Frattura will take over Nov. 1 for Stephan Wingert, who is leaving for a new position after serving as publisher for the Daily Press and Desert Dispatch since 2004.
"Stephan did a wonderful job building and strengthening the Daily Press and the Desert Dispatch and the Pacific Group as a whole," Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications, said in a statement. "We believe Al is just the leader to build on the strength of the papers and further enhance their community leadership."
Wingert has accepted a position with AIM Media Texas LLC as publisher of The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, and regional vice president of the AIM Media Texas publications in the Rio Grande Valley. He previously served as general manager of The Monitor from 2000 to 2004.
In replacing Wingert, Frattura will also serve as publisher for the local weekly publications including the Hesperia Star, Apple Valley Review, Lucerne Valley Leader and El Mojave.
Frattura most recently served as publisher of The Record Eagle in Traverse City, MI. Prior to that, he held multiple publisher positions with the Journal Register Co. along with several advertising management positions with the Gannett Company.
"I am honored to be a part of a dynamic team," Frattura said, "and I look forward to getting to know the communities, advertisers and readers throughout the High Desert region."
Frattura will also take over for Wingert to serve as vice president of Freedom's Pacific Region, overseeing Freedom properties The Sun in Yuma, Ariz., the Appeal Democrat in Marysville and The Recorder in Porterville.
"I am excited to have Al join our team," Kushner said. "With his passion for newspapers and his long history of leadership of community focused newspapers, he is uniquely qualified to lead our talented associates to ensure that we remain the leading provider of news and advertising information in the High Desert and across our Pacific markets."
Freedom Communications, headquartered in Santa Ana, is a national privately owned information and entertainment company of print publications and interactive businesses. The company's print portfolio includes more than 40 publications, including seven daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, plus ancillary magazines and other specialty publications.