Sullivan named VP/newspaper operations

Wed, August 02, 2000 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Stephen W. Sullivan, who has had oversight responsibility for The E.W. Scripps Company’s Texas and West Coast newspapers, has been named vice president/operations for the company’s newspaper division, effective Sept. 1.Sullivan, 54, will oversee the day-to-day operations of all of the Scripps newspapers, with the exception of the Denver Rocky Mountain News. The publisher of the Denver newspaper will continue to report to Alan M. Horton, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps.Sullivan succeeds Jeff Hively, who last month was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Denver Newspaper Agency, the entity created by Scripps and MediaNews Group Inc. to manage the business operations of the News and The Denver Post under a proposed joint operating agreement.By taking on the expanded responsibilities for Scripps, Sullivan relinquishes his role as president and publisher of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, a position he has held since 1987. He will be succeeded in that position by Larry L. Rose, the newspaper’s executive vice president and editor.“Steve Sullivan is a superb executive with a firm grasp on what it takes for quality newspapers to successfully compete in today’s rapidly changing media environment,” Horton said. “With Steve in this key role, we’re confident that our newspapers will build on their reputations as top industry performers as well as first-rate editorial products.”Sullivan and his wife, Janis, will relocate from Corpus Christi to Cincinnati.Sullivan has been with Scripps since 1997. At the time, he was president of Harte-Hanks Newspapers and president and publisher of the Caller-Times. Harte-Hanks Newspapers, including the Caller-Times, were acquired that year by Scripps. After the acquisition, Sullivan continued as president and publisher of the Caller-Times and was appointed as a vice president in the Scripps newspaper division, with oversight responsibility for the former Harte-Hanks papers. He later was given the added responsibility of overseeing operations of the Scripps newspapers in California and Washington state. Sullivan began his newspaper career in 1970 as an account executive at the Caller-Times.“I’ve spent most of my life as a resident of Corpus Christi, so as you can imagine, my decision to take on this new challenge was not made lightly,” Sullivan said. “While I’ll miss this community and the Caller-Times greatly, I simply could not pass on the opportunity to join the Scripps corporate team in Cincinnati at this pivotal point in the history of the company and our industry.”A graduate of East Texas State University, Sullivan has been active in the Corpus Christi community, including serving as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Economic Development Board and chairman of the Texas State Aquarium. He currently serves as chairman of the Christus Spohn Health System and the University of Texas College Communications Advisory Board.Rose succeeds Sullivan as president and publisher of the Caller-Times after serving 13 years as the newspaper’s editor. He joined the Caller-Times in 1987 after serving six years as an assistant managing editor at the Dallas Morning News. “The Corpus Christi Caller-Times has been named the best daily newspaper for its size in Texas for eight of the last 11 years, making it one of the most honored and respected newspapers in the state,” Horton said. “Larry’s leadership and commitment to editorial excellence have made that impressive record possible.”Rose began his newspaper career at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1964. He worked at The Miami Herald from 1971-79 as an editor on the copy, state, metro and news desks, and from 1979-81 was news editor at the Washington Star. He graduated in 1971 from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Rose was in the U.S. Army from 1966-69, serving tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam.The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, cable television programming and interactive media. Scripps operates 20 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations and three cable television networks, with plans to launch a fourth. Scripps cable television network brands include Home & Garden Television, Food Network, Do it Yourself, and Fine Living, due to launch in the second half of 2001.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 and comics.com.