Brunjes promoted to president and GM of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Wed, January 21, 2009 by Tim King

CINCINNATI - Bob Brunjes, an executive with more than a quarter century of experience in Florida media, has been promoted to president and general manager of the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, which serve residents and businesses in the southeast Florida markets of Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Jupiter and Sebastian. The appointment is effective immediately.

Brunjes, 51, joined the Treasure Coast Newspapers in 1996 and served as the classified display manager and retail sales manager before 2000, when he was promoted to his most-recent role as vice president and advertising director.

As president and general manager, Brunjes will have oversight of local media company's advertising sales, news gathering, distribution, production, marketing, online, human resources, and information technology departments.

"Bob's leadership has influenced the Treasure Coast Newspapers beyond his role as head of advertising," said Mark Contreras, senior vice president of newspapers for The E.W. Scripps Company. "Bob has been at the forefront of broadening the advertiser's reach, and he has brought out the best in employees and managers, encouraging them to think creatively and bring to fruition their ideas for gaining efficiencies."

Brunjes will report to Tom Weber, the long-time leader of The Stuart News and the Treasure Coast Newspapers, who recently was named chairman and publisher. Weber has announced that he will retire at the end of 2009 after 43 years with the company.

Beginning his advertising sales career in 1982, Brunjes quickly was promoted from his first role as Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's automotive sales representative to its major accounts manager. After 14 years in Ft. Lauderdale, he spent one year leading the Florida Newspaper Advertising Network before joining Scripps.

Brunjes serves as the chairman of the board of the Florida Press Service and has served as a member of the board of Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives. As an active member of the community, he holds board positions with the Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association and the Project Graduation in Martin County.

He earned a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Florida. A resident of Jupiter, Brunjes and his wife, Amy, have three grown children.

About Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse, 130-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers, local news and information Web sites, and licensing and 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. For a full listing of Scripps media companies and their associated Web sites, visit http://www.scripps.com/.

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