LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a new publisher recruited and hired by the family of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who secretly bought the newspaper last fall in a sale that has been heavily scrutinized over transparency concerns.
The owners said Thursday in a statement that Craig A. Moon has been appointed publisher of Nevada’s largest newspaper, effective immediately.
Moon was the publisher of USA Today from 2003 to 2009. A career executive with Gannett publishing, he also led newspapers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida.
No reason was given for the sudden replacement of Jason Taylor, who was publisher for just six months.
Taylor works for Gatehouse Media LLC, which sold the newspaper at a markup to the Adelsons but was kept on a contract to manage the newspaper.