Burdick, Tryhane, Temple promoted at Rocky Mountain News

Tue, April 28, 1998 by Linda Sease

Denver, Colo. - – Robert W. Burdick, editor and senior vice president of the Rocky Mountain News has been named president and general manager effective today. He will report to Larry D. Strutton, publisher and CEO of the News. Alan M. Horton, senior vice president of newspapers for The E.W. Scripps Company, owner of the News, made the announcement.John Temple, who joined the News in 1992 and has been managing editor since 1995, will succeed Burdick as editor and will continue to report to Burdick. Gerald H. L. Tryhane, currently vice president and business manager, will become senior vice president and business manager with continued responsibility for the finance department as well as the addition of information services, production and prepress. Tryhane will report to Burdick as will News vice presidents for advertising, circulation, marketing and human resources.Horton said of the changes, "Larry Strutton has watched Bob Burdick in the editor’s role since 1995 and wants to expand his scope of responsibility." Burdick, 50, joined the News as managing editor in 1994. Prior to joining the paper, he was the editor of the Los Angeles Daily News. He also held executive positions at the San Jose Mercury News and The Denver Post, and worked in the newrooms of The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post and The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle.Prior to joining the News, Temple, 45, was managing editor of The Albuquerque Tribune, a paper also owned by E.W. Scripps. Temple, who also worked for the Toronto Star, holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University.During the newsroom tenure of Burdick and Temple, the News was judged best newspaper in Colorado for three straight years and its staff members won numerous awards. Temple’s successor as managing editor is yet to be named.Tryhane, 45, joined the News in 1996. Earlier, he worked in executive positions at The Denver Post and Newsday (Long Island, NY). The Rocky Mountain News is owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP), which operates 20 daily newspapers; nine network-affiliated television stations; two TV networks, Home & Garden Television and the Food Network; a TV programmer, Cinetel Productions; and United Media, a worldwide syndicator and licensor of news features and comics.