SVP of GateHouse news, Bill Church, adds Statesman editor-in-chief to title
PITTSFORD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GateHouse Media, LLC (“GateHouse Media” or the “Company”) announced
today that Bill Church will add the role of Austin American-Statesman
editor-in-chief to his responsibilities as GateHouse Media’s senior vice
president of news, effective immediately. Church, a respected industry
veteran, known for his visionary leadership, has served in his current
role since 2016.
“Leading one of the largest newsrooms among GateHouse’s 470 daily and
weekly publications demands innovation, passion and a commitment to
journalism with impact,” said Kirk Davis, GateHouse CEO. ”Bill’s brand
of boundary-pushing journalism is an ideal fit for Austin, and in his
dual role as Statesman editor-in-chief and GateHouse senior vice
president of news, Bill is committed to transforming our existing
newsroom models into agile, audience-engaged teams.”
In the role of SVP news, Church guides GateHouse Media’s news strategy
and leads the Center for News & Design which offers a broad range of
content services to the company’s newspapers and commercial clients and
serves as a leader and change agent within the design community.
Previously, Church served as executive editor of the company’s
award-winning Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which received the 2016 Pulitzer
Prize for investigative reporting for its year-long collaboration with
the Tampa Bay Times detailing the horrific conditions in Florida’s
“I am very excited to work with Bill again after our very successful
time together at the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota,” said Pat Dorsey,
Publisher of the Austin American-Statesman and Regional Vice President
for GateHouse Media. “He has a well-earned reputation as an innovative
and collaborative leader with a passion for impactful community
journalism. I look forward to matching his passion and vision with the
already high performing news team at the Austin American-Statesman to
take our journalism to new heights and best serve the Austin community.”
Church is a former president of Associated Press Media Editors, a 2016
Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a two-time Pulitzer jurist.
Church has been a longtime member of the Asian American Journalists
Association and received the national Robert G. McGruder Diversity
Leadership award in 2010. Church was named a McCormick Fellow in 2006.
About GateHouse Media, LLC
GateHouse Media, headquartered in Pittsford, New York, is a wholly
owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc., which is focused
primarily on investing in a high quality, diversified portfolio of local
media assets and on growing existing advertising and digital marketing
and business services. The company is one of the largest publishers of
locally-based media in the United States, as measured by its 145 daily
newspapers. As of September 30, 2018, GateHouse Media operates in over
555 markets across 37 states, reaching over 23 million people on a
weekly basis, and serves over 221,000 business customers.
For more information regarding GateHouse Media, visit www.gatehousemedia.com.
Carlene Cox, Director of Specialty Content