Dunn has been named The Star's operations manager. He's adding supervision over the newspaper's production work to his responsibilities as circulation manager, a job he's held for 12 years.
The new duties include responsibility over a wide range of work involved in taking the words, images and designs produced in the newsroom and advertising office and putting them in ink on paper. That includes pre-press work (making the metal plates used to print the paper) and the giant press operation itself, which rolls out tens of thousands of newspapers every day. He'll also be responsible for maintaining the facilities at Consolidated Publishing Co.'s headquarters. Consolidated is the company that publishes The Star.
As circulation manager he already was responsible for packaging and delivery of the paper and inserted advertising to subscribers and retailers. As operations manager he'll now oversee everything involved in making and distributing The Star's printed products, as well as Consolidated's other papers.
"(Dunn) has terrific management abilities and he understands people and process very well," said Ed Fowler, Consolidated's vice president for operations.
Dunn, 54, is a 30-year veteran of the newspaper industry, working 18 years at the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer. His career could be said to have started six years earlier, when he began working his first route as a delivery boy.
"Newspapers represent the fabric of the community," he said. "Having that connection to the community is one of the best things about community newspapers."
Dunn also is active in the Anniston Lions Club, and serves as president of the Anniston Runners Club. He and his wife Debra live in DeArmanville. Both their daughters, Candace Taylor and Brittany Terrell, also live in Calhoun County.