Gatehouse Media, which owns the Pine Bluff Commercial, has dismissed the newspaper's publisher and editor, Byron Tate,
and replaced him with Ed Graves,
a former executive at USA Weekend, the Commercial reports.
Graves will be the newspaper's first African-American publisher.
Graves also replaces Shane Allen
of the White Hall Journal and will hold the title senior group publisher.
In an interview with Arkansas Business
, former editor Tate is quoted as saying that
Grave's hiring "is cool and historic, overdue,” especially because Pine Bluff's population is now majority African-American.