Scott Harrell has been named publisher of GateHouse Media publications for the Arkansas/Northern Louisiana region.

Harrell began his duties Monday and will oversee operations for the Stuttgart Daily Leader; the Siftings Herald in Arkadelphia; the Hope Star; the Gurdon Times; the Nevada County Picayune-Times in Prescott; the Newport Independent; the Sun-Times in Heber Springs; the Helena World; the White Hall Journal; and the Bastrop Daily Enterprise in Bastrop, La.

 A native of Arkansas, Harrell was most recently the publisher of AY and Talk Business Arkansas magazines based in Little Rock. Prior to that, he served as publisher of The Brunswick Beacon in Shallotte, N.C. for nine years. He has also worked as publisher of newspapers in Siloam Springs, Gentry, Decatur and Gravette.

“I believe newspapers are so important to their local communities,” Harrell said. “We have a responsibility to tell the stories that impact our readers' lives. We are the leading provider for news and advertising information in the communities we serve. I look forward to working with the staff members at each of our newspapers. I know they are dedicated to providing high-quality print and digital products to meet the information needs of their audiences. I am excited to be a part of what our community newspapers are producing now and the opportunity to grow our print and digital products in each of our communities.”

Harrell, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and his wife, Lindy, have four children: Abby, 21, is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Alex, 19, serves with the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army at Ft. Campbell, Ky.; Mary Elise, 18, is a senior in high school; and Molly Grace, 12, is in sixth grade.

Harrell will be based out of the Stuttgart Daily Leader office and can be reached by emailing