|Ken Ward Jr.|
When Moore made his announcement, Ward called the decision "short-sighted" and said Moore "has led this paper through a difficult transition, and was guiding us toward a strong future." Kristen Hare of The Poynter Institute got a memo Moore sent his staff, saying in part, "I hope the people newly in charge of the newsroom have the sense to continue letting this newsroom evolve, and letting everyone in the newsroom have a voice, and relying on the vast knowledge and experience that has been accumulated here."
Hare writes, "New Regional Executive Editor Lee Wolverton had no comment. Poynter has reached out to other executives with HD Media, the Gazette-Mail’s owner, for comment." In a tweet, Ward thanked HD Media owner Doug Reynolds "and other local investors who bought our paper our of bankruptcy and supported so many of our efforts." Reynolds is from Huntington, where he earlier bought The Herald-Dispatch. He is in the natural-gas industry, which is rivaling the shrunken coal industry for influence in West Virginia, and has been a major focus for Ward and the Gazette-Mail in their reporting partnership with Pro Publica. Reynolds has complimented Ward's work.