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Jeff Cohen, 47, vice president and editor of the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., has been named executive vice president and editor of the Houston Chronicle, effective June 3. He will succeed Jack Loftis, who is retiring after 15 years as editor. Loftis will remain associate publisher until July 1, and then become editor emeritus. Cohen, who grew up in Houston, joined Hearst Corp. in 1976 at the old San Antonio Light. He was managing editor when it closed in 1993, and became Times Union editor in 1994.

CALIFORNIA

Ken Brusic to head of content for Freedom Orange County Information, a new multimedia unit of Freedom Communications Inc., from executive editor of The Orange County Register. He will be based in Santa Ana.

ALABAMA

Robyn Tomlin to managing editor of the TimesDaily in Florence from metro editor of The Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times. Tomlin succeeds Noel Nash.

Mike Goens to the newly created position of senior editor from special projects editor.

CALIFORNIA

Paula Patton to publisher of The Lompoc Record from general manager of The Napa Valley Register. …