Scripps appoints three new Texas leaders

Tue, December 15, 2009 by Tim King

The E.W. Scripps Company has named the regional publisher and two new publishers for its newspapers in Texas.

Scripps appointed Darrell Coleman as president and publisher of Corpus Christi Caller-Times and regional publisher of its four Texas newspapers; Jeff DeLoach as the publisher of the San Angelo Standard-Times; and Dwayne Bivona as publisher of the Times Record News in Wichita Falls. They will assume their new roles in January.

In Texas, Scripps also owns the Abilene Reporter News, which Publisher Kim Nussbaum continues to lead.

"As we've seen throughout the last several years, Texas has become an increasingly important region of the country for us, which makes these appointments significant for our newspaper and interactive businesses" said Mark G. Contreras, senior vice president of newspapers of The E.W. Scripps Company. "In every one of our Texas markets, we are fortunate to have highly-experienced, inspirational leaders to guide our future in each of the markets and throughout the state."

As part of the recently-announced newspaper division reorganization, Coleman will report directly to Contreras and Nussbaum, Bivona and DeLoach will report to Bruce Hartmann, vice president of sales.

About the New Leaders

  • Darrell Coleman: Coleman, 53, has served as the publisher of the Times Record News in Wichita Falls since 2000. During his 30-plus-year newspaper career, he has served as group controller for Harte-Hanks in Southern California and Dallas, as well as operations director for its Dallas newspapers. In 1991, Coleman became vice president of finance of the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail, now owned by Scripps, and one year later was promoted as the newspaper's vice president of operations for finance and production. He joined the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in 1994 as vice president and chief financial officer.

    The Texas Daily Newspapers Association honored Coleman with the Pat Taggart Award in 2006 for his extraordinary community leadership.


  • Dwayne Bivona: Bivona, 40, has held dual roles as circulation director and national advertising sales manager at The Evansville Courier & Press and Henderson (KY) Gleaner. He began his newspaper career in 1990 at The Ithaca Journal, where he became circulation sales and marketing manager and operations manager. Bivona has led circulation for The Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York; The Daily Independent in Ashland, Ky.; and the Times Record News in Wichita Falls.


  • Jeff DeLoach: DeLoach, 49, has served as the vice president of advertising and circulation of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times since 2008. He first joined Scripps in 1981. In addition to nine years with the Audit Bureau of Circulation, he has held key roles at Scripps-owned Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., and Rocky Mountain News.

A past president of the Southern Circulation Manager Association, DeLoach serves on the Newspaper Association of America Circulation Federation board of directors. In 2008, the Newspaper Association of America recognized Jeff as the "National Circulation Sales Executive of the Year."

Scripps four Texas newspapers consistently earn top honors from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. Among the accolades in 2009, both the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and San Angelo Standard-Times received top distinctions as "Newspaper of the Year 2008" in their respective circulation classes and Wichita Falls Times Record News won best online paper.

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. For a full listing of Scripps media companies and their associated Web sites, visit

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