Burdick named president and publisher of Scripps-owned Naples (Fla.) Daily News
Mon, June 24, 2002 by Tim Stautberg
CINCINNATI – Robert W. Burdick, executive vice president and general manager of the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, has been named president and publisher of the newspaper, effective July 1. The Daily News is owned and operated by The E.W. Scripps Company.Burdick succeeds Corbin Wyant, who has reached the mandatory retirement age established by Scripps for its senior managers and is retiring June 30 after 25 years with the newspaper.Alan M. Horton, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps, said, “Bob Burdick was one of the nation's top editors. Then he served as general manager of two very good newspapers with highly skilled and experienced publishers. I can't imagine how someone could be better prepared to be publisher of the Naples Daily News.”Burdick, 54, joined the Daily News as executive vice president and general manager in December 2000. He previously served for two years as president and general manager of the Scripps-owned Rocky Mountain News in Denver. He had joined the News in 1994 as managing editor, and was named senior vice president and editor in 1995. Before coming to Denver, Burdick was 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 newsrooms of The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post and the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. Burdick, a fifth generation Floridian, is a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He and his wife Patty have a son in college. His family’s ancestral home is in Suwannee County, Fla. Wyant has been president and publisher of the Daily News since 1985. He started his newspaper career in 1958 as a reporter/photographer for the Daily Leader-Times in Kittanning, Pa.“Corbin Wyant has been publisher of the Naples Daily News for so long that to many Neapolitans he is the paper,” Horton said. “And, he does possess all of the personal and professional qualities a great newspaper publisher needs -- including love for the community and deep involvement in it, knowledge of all facets of the newspaper business, and a strong determination to continuously improve the quality of the paper and its service to readers and advertisers. I am thankful that he has assembled a team that won't miss a beat after his retirement. Neither will Corbin. My guess is that he will continue to be a huge asset to the community.”Wyant and his wife Donna have three adult children and two grandchildren. They will continue to reside in Naples.The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks and interactive media. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations and four cable television networks.Scripps national television network brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY -- Do It Yourself Network and Fine Living. Scripps Networks programming can be seen in 25 countries.The company also operates Scripps Howard News Service, United Media, the worldwide licensing and syndication home of PEANUTS and DILBERT, and 31 Web sites, including hgtv.com, foodtv.com, diynet.com, fineliving.com and comics.com.