Burdick named executive vice president/GM of Naples Daily News

Mon, November 13, 2000 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – Robert W. Burdick, president and general manager of the Denver Rocky Mountain News, has been named executive vice president and general manager of the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, effective Nov. 16.He will report to Corbin Wyant, president and publisher of the Daily News. Burdick will be responsible for day-to-day business operations at the Daily News, and also will work on special projects for The E.W. Scripps Company’s newspaper division. The Daily News and the Denver Rocky Mountain News are owned and operated by Scripps.“Bob Burdick, who is a fifth generation Floridian, was one of the nation’s best newspaper editors and has become a first-rate business executive as well,” said Alan M. Horton, senior vice president/newspapers for Scripps. “He’s a bright, articulate, talented team player and leader who has been tempered by one of the greatest newspaper wars in modern times.”Wyant said Burdick will be a good fit, both for the newspaper and for the market. “He brings a long and successful record of accomplishment, both as an editor and general manager, along with a strong tradition of involvement with his community. Bob Burdick is a superb leader and we are eager to have him associated with the Naples Daily News,” Wyant said. Burdick, 52, joined the Denver Rocky Mountain News as managing editor in 1994, and was named senior vice president and editor in 1995. He was named president and general manager of the Denver Rocky Mountain News in 1998. Before coming to Denver, Burdick was editor of the Los Angeles Daily News. He also held executive positions at the San Jose Mercury News, The Denver Post, and worked in the newsrooms of The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post and the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle.Burdick is a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His family’s ancestral home is in Suwannee County, Fla.The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, cable television networks and interactive media. Scripps operates 21 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.