Scripps promotes industry veteran to lead procurement subsidiary
Thu, October 16, 2008 by Tim King
CINCINNATI - Carole Winchester, a newsprint industry veteran, has been named president of Media Procurement Services (MPS), a subsidiary of The E. W. Scripps Company providing newsprint management and buying services for Scripps newspapers and other newspaper publishing customers.
Winchester, 48, has been with MPS since October 2005. Her new responsibilities begin January 1, 2009.
"With newsprint reaching record high prices, we're fortunate to have an executive with Carole's background step into an expanded leadership role at MPS," said Timothy E. Stautberg, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Scripps. "Having come up on the sales side at a number of large newsprint suppliers, she knows this market inside and out, and our customers will benefit from her industry knowledge."
Winchester came to MPS as the client services director in October 2005, and has been the organization's vice president since January 2007.
Before joining MPS, Winchester spent seven years as a Georgia-based regional sales manager for Bowater Incorporated. From 1981 to 1998, she held positions of increasing responsibility in the sales functions of Avenor America and Stone Consolidated Newsprint.
Winchester received her bachelor's degree from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
She succeeds the retiring Sharon Hite, a 35-year Scripps veteran who has been president of MPS (and its predecessor, Scripps Howard Supply) since 1991.
"Sharon is the force most responsible for making MPS a model newspaper procurement organization," said Stautberg. "Her knowledge and vision are responsible for MPS evolving into an important asset for Scripps, and she leaves a legacy that will benefit our company long after she settles into retirement."
The E. W. Scripps Company is a diverse, 130-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers, and licensing/syndication. The company's portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 10 TV stations (six ABC affiliates, three NBC affiliates and one independent); daily and community newspapers in 15 markets and the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Media Center, home of the Scripps Howard News Service; and United Media, the licensor and syndicator of Peanuts, Dilbert and approximately 150 other features and comics. Scripps businesses operate robust, interactive Web sites that are regarded by readers and advertisers alike as leaders in their markets for local news and information. For a full listing of Scripps media companies and their associated Web sites, visit http://www.scripps.com/.