Courier-Post Publisher Mike Murphy, of Hannibal, was named Gatehouse Media’s vice president of operations for the state of Missouri, the company announced last week.

Courier-Post Publisher Mike Murphy, of Hannibal, was named Gatehouse Media’s vice president of operations for the state of Missouri, the company announced last week.

Murphy has been the company’s Senior Group Publisher in North Central Missouri since 2014, responsible for newspapers in Hannibal, Mexico, Moberly, Boonville, Chillicothe, Brookfield and Kirksville.

In this new role, he will retain those responsibilities, while taking on day-to-day operations for several other newspapers in Missouri, including the Columbia Daily Tribune, which Gatehouse Media purchased in October 2016. Murphy will be in charge of production at the Columbia Daily Tribune, and oversee all of the Tribune Publishing Co. operations.

Gatehouse Media also has newspaper operations in Missouri based at Lake of the Ozarks, Waynesville, and Rolla, as well as Neosho and Independence. It is one of the largest publishers of locally-based media in the U.S., with 130 daily newspapers in 36 states.