Lewis promoted to editor in Naples

Fri, September 05, 1997 by Sue Porter

LEWIS PROMOTED TO EDITOR IN NAPLES CINCINNATI, OH. – Phil Lewis, managing editor of the Naples Daily News since Jan. 1, 1990, has been promoted to vice president and editor of the Florida newspaper. Corbin A. Wyant, president and publisher of the 58,000 circulation daily, said Lewis’ appointment is effective today and that his successor will be named soon. "Phil Lewis is well prepared to lead the news efforts of the Naples Daily News into the 21st century," Wyant said. "He has strong, proven talent in developing the skills of his staff, he has keen news and editorial judgment, and he demonstrates high journalistic principles. Daily News readers will be well served by his appointment, and the Daily News will continue to pursue even higher standards of excellence under his leadership." Lewis succeeds Colleen Conant, who last week was named vice president and executive editor of The E.W. Scripps Company’s newest daily newspaper, the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. "Phil is a very strong editor and has been very active in the Naples community for many years," said Alan M. Horton, Scripps’ senior vice president for newspapers. "In his low-key style, he has been one of the key architects of today’s Naples Daily News and deserves to be its editor." Lewis, 45, joined the Daily News in 1979 as a reporter and served as city editor from 1981 to 1989. Earlier in his career he worked as sports editor and then as city editor at the Washington Courthouse (Ohio) Record-Herald. A Springfield, Mo., native, Lewis is a 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Lewis is a member of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and The Associated Press Managing Editors organization. In Naples, he serves on the boards of the Collier County Education Foundation and the Naples Free-Net. He and his wife, Cindy, have one son, Patrick, 12. She is the district director of student financial aid for Edison Community College. The E.W. Scripps Company publishes daily newspapers in 15 markets across the nation. The company also is in the process of acquiring six newspapers, one television station and a radio station from Harte-Hanks. Scripps currently operates nine network-affiliated TV stations and its entertainment division includes United Media, a syndicator and licensor of news features and comics; two TV programming production companies; and the Home & Garden Television cable network.