Augusta Chronicle president resigns

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Don Bailey, the president of The Augusta Chronicle, has resigned his position, effective immediately, to pursue other interests.

Don Bailey became the president of The Augusta Chronicle in 2004.
Don Bailey became the president of The Augusta Chronicle in 2004.

"Don Bailey has worked with our company for over 20 years in many different jobs and served as the president of The Chronicle since 2004. He has grown in skill and ability and has done outstanding work in each job," said Chronicle Publisher and Morris Communications Chairman William S. Morris III. "We wish him well."

Bailey is active in various community roles, including the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Augusta Exchange Club and Augusta Convention and Visitor's Bureau, which he serves as vice chairman.

He arrived in Augusta in 1992 as The Chronicle's classified advertising director.

He left in 1996 to become the advertising director at the Savannah Morning News and returned in 2002 as The Chronicle's general manager.

"I have enjoyed my relationship with the Morris family over the past 20 years. This company has given me the unique opportunity to learn thoroughly the multimedia industry, to enhance my leadership skills, and to serve the Augusta community," Bailey said. "I wish the Morrises continued success in future endeavors."

The president oversees The Chronicle's daily operations and a portfolio of news and information online and in print, including Augusta Magazine and several weekly newspapers in South Carolina and Georgia.

Morris Communications and Morris Publishing own The Chronicle and have a concentrated presence in the Southeast, with signature holdings that also include the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla., and the Savannah Morning News and the Athens Banner-Herald in Georgia.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/11 - 03:05 pm
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well river....I guess this

well river....I guess this explains why he didn't post more often...he had other fish to fry..

burninater
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burninater 07/19/11 - 03:10 pm
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I hear News Corp has a lot of

I hear News Corp has a lot of openings ...

blues550
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blues550 07/19/11 - 03:16 pm
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A really good guy.
Unpublished

A really good guy.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/11 - 03:22 pm
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SeenIt, we could have saved

SeenIt, we could have saved him if he had listened about the blog. We could have made that thing the most popular part of the Chronicle. Remember those posts? Were they spot on or not?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/11 - 03:25 pm
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I don't know why you feel

I don't know why you feel responsible.....maybe he just didn't want to go to India to work..
I just wonder if he will continue to post with us...I don't think he was here long enough to get addicted....so I doubt he will..
We wish you well.....happy trails & all of that stuff!!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/19/11 - 03:29 pm
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He didn't appear to like

He didn't appear to like participating in the blogging aspect of his job description. Wow, effective immediately...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/11 - 03:27 pm
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Actually river....we could

Actually river....we could make this place VEEERRY interesting if they would just give us some leeway...they need to T-R-U-S-T us...LOL

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/11 - 03:32 pm
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Trusting SeenItB4 and River,

Trusting SeenItB4 and River, heh, heh, heh.

Willow, yeah, that was strange and I told him I'd "help." But he did have a great sense of humor and said he was reading the posts and laughing.

It's just the whole newspaper business. I said once before, pretty soon the entire Chronicle will be online and ran out of a second bedroom in a house in South Augusta.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/11 - 03:31 pm
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I did have a pig joke to put

I did have a pig joke to put on here the other day.... but some would've flagged it for sure...so I save the best for emails...:)

burninater
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burninater 07/19/11 - 03:34 pm
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I should clarify, my 4:10

I should clarify, my 4:10 wasn't meant as a swipe against Mr. Bailey, as I do not know him personally, and I have never read any of his blog posts.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/11 - 03:37 pm
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I'm not sure they would run

I'm not sure they would run it out of south Augusta---you know.....shootings & stuff.....maybe a loft in downtown...or houseboat on the river....yeh...boat on the river sounds good..:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/11 - 03:39 pm
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burn....You were only trying

burn....You were only trying to help.....& they also have openings at Atlanta Public Schools....more to come.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/11 - 03:44 pm
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It is just a coincidence that

It is just a coincidence that the Indians are buying into the Chronicle and this happens? I wonder if Subroto Bhattacharya (NIIT Director) had any input on this matter?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/19/11 - 03:48 pm
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First Julian Miller and now

First Julian Miller and now Don Bailey: The victims of cost-cutting or corporate politics?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/11 - 03:51 pm
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yeh....something tells me

yeh....something tells me there is more to the story than we will ever know.....

GGpap
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GGpap 07/19/11 - 04:55 pm
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Betcha a dollar Julian

Betcha a dollar Julian Assange, or a few of Murdoch's crew could ferret out the actual reason Mr. Bailey is leaving "immediately." :o)

GGpap

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 07/19/11 - 05:23 pm
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He may start his own biz.

He may start his own biz. Wonder what he'll think of ad rates if he does... best of luck Don, you will be missed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/19/11 - 05:35 pm
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Good to see you ggpap...my

Good to see you ggpap...my goodness ,,,you have been gone for months!

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inish1 07/19/11 - 05:50 pm
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Nothing against Don, but I

Nothing against Don, but I find it interesting since very few people in that position resign immediately, and he has overseen the departure of a great many employees within the past four years. I wish him luck but also see this as being a continuation of a downfall of the AC.

GGpap
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GGpap 07/19/11 - 06:21 pm
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Thank you, seenitB4. Guess

Thank you, seenitB4. Guess I've kinda burned out on responding to the repetitive postings on politics, moral issues, gays and religion.

Might also have to do with my choice not to spend a few dollars each month on a subscription to the online service of the AG. :o)

GGpap

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IamNewToComputers 07/19/11 - 07:27 pm
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Don Bailey is a wonderful

Don Bailey is a wonderful man; geeze he is even capable of accepting my sarcastic dry sense of tumor. When I heard the news today through an internal communique, I prayed that Don had found an opportunity that he could not resist; even if he was so fortunate, I was left with a heavy heart for he was a great asset not only to Morris but to the Augusta community. I honestly don't know if anyone in the media business, whether newspaper, radio, tv, cable, books, magazines or online, at the moment knows how to monetize this extraordinarily secular change in this industry and to cope with this down economy. I hope Morris can find someone just as capable to replace him.

Don, I will miss you and continue to respect your incredible ability. Happy trails.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 07/19/11 - 08:41 pm
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Well certainly wish him the

Well certainly wish him the best whatever he does.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/20/11 - 07:23 am
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Remember the Chronicle

Remember the Chronicle creditors for that $100 million owed have a supervisory capacity under the agreement to let the paper continue. If they see someone getting paid well and don't see the bottom line in the plan to get their money back, they are going to push the button. It also puts into perspective the sell off of assets such as the IT that went to the Indians.

Personally, I wish Don would go into local talk radio. He seems like he has a sense of humor.

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Patty-P 07/20/11 - 08:22 am
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I wonder if this is the

I wonder if this is the reason for the new online subscription? Money problems?

ECDanes
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ECDanes 07/20/11 - 10:40 am
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well when your paper has a

well when your paper has a pattern of suppressing the news rather than reporting it, things like this should be no surprise. The thing is, The AC has some very fine journalists, but for whatever reason keep them on a short leash. Remember Johnny Edwards? He was about one of the finest investigative journalists and government reporters The AC ever had, but he left for Atlanta because he was tired of not being able to report on the important stories locally and continually having his hands tied. I have never understood, why a paper like the Chronicle, which has so many great human resources at their disposal chooses not to use them at their fullest capacity, and in fact restricts them so much?

ECDanes
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ECDanes 07/20/11 - 10:56 am
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people are willing to pay for

people are willing to pay for top quality journalism... you know the kind that investigates stories.. digs deeper.. gets to the truth behind all the smoke and mirrors. People are not willing to pay for what they believe is propaganda pieces masquerading as journalism.. and a conspicuous pattern of suppressing news rather than reporting it. And unfortunately the AC has developed a reputation for the latter in this community. And that is a shame because I know for a fact that they have some fine jorunalists who could hold their own at any big city newspaper.. and if the Chronicle isn't careful, they could lose their best to the bigger papers. (Like what happened with Johnny Edwards)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/20/11 - 11:15 am
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I think Don Bailey should

I think Don Bailey should come back on here under an assumed name and tell us what really happened.

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Lori Davis 07/20/11 - 11:20 am
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EC, You are so right. The

EC, You are so right. The true stories will never get out there with the AC. Too many players to be embarrassed by the naked truth. Can't have that, now can we? (Not speaking of Don in those comments). Good luck, Don....we're old high school friends. Hope you stay in the area.

GGpap
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GGpap 07/20/11 - 12:28 pm
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ECDanes fairly well discribes

ECDanes fairly well discribes my reason for not subscribing to the AC online service.

GGpap

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SouthernChic 07/20/11 - 12:41 pm
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One of the things I

One of the things I particularly enjoy in a local paper is the opinion section. Technology has made it even better by allowing people to make comments online. But the opinion section here really lacks two sides. It is catered towards the religious and right of the political spectrum. I've also found that the forum moderator is very sensitive to comments made by those who disagree with their views and posts get removed for the most ridiculous infractions. If Morris News Co. wants to run their business that way, that's fine. But if you think I'm going to pay for that kind of bias, you are mistaken. There's a lot of us here on who would be happy to pay for a subscription. But you have to appeal to us before we hand over our hard earned money. By ignoring what we want, you cut off a good portion of your potential subscribers.

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