Doyle to drive content for Scripps newspapers

Wed, April 28, 2010 by Tim King

Chris Doyle has been named vice president of content for The E.W. Scripps Company's newspaper division.

Effective immediately, Doyle, 42, will be responsible for all news and information operations, ensuring that newspaper journalists continue to deliver outstanding public service and enhance free speech in the communities Scripps is honored to serve. All Scripps editors and interactive content leaders will report to him. In cooperation with vice president of sales, Bruce Hartmann, Doyle will be responsible for product development and related alliances within Scripps and with other media companies.

"During this period of unprecedented change in our industry, Chris possesses the qualities and traits needed to create even more courageous and vibrant news, information and collaboration across all platforms. Because of his entrepreneurial streak, he is also the right person to lead us to aggressively experiment with new ways for consumers to interact," said Mark G. Contreras, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps.

"Chris understands what makes great journalism and what delights readers. He grew up in newsrooms and has helped lead the Naples Daily News to new levels of quality during his tenure as publisher."

Doyle joined Scripps in 2006 as vice president of advertising of the Naples Daily News and was promoted to president and publisher in 2007. As publisher, he oversaw the installation of a brand-new $95 million multimedia and production facility.

As leader of the Naples Daily News, Doyle' team repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to serving its community. The Naples Daily News recently drew national attention for its reporting from Haiti on a suspect accused of brutally murdering a Naples family.

Prior to joining the Naples Daily News, he served as president and publisher of the Daily Chronicle and Northern Illinois Publishing in DeKalb, Ill.

In 1995, Doyle was named assistant city editor/assignments of The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., which included planning news coverage for the newspaper's reporting and photography staff in one of the few two-newspaper towns in a medium-sized market.

From 1996 to 1999, he worked in advertising sales in Wilkes-Barre, first as an account executive and sales supervisor, and then as national advertising manager responsible for major accounts.

Doyle began his newspaper career in 1990 as the crime and courts reporter for The Key West (Fla.) Citizen. He served as the newspaper's city editor before leaving for Wilkes-Barre in 1995.

Recently elected to the board of the American Press Institute in Reston, Va., Doyle was a founding board member of the Illinois First Amendment Center in 2005. He also helped create the first-ever "Worsty Awards" at the Illinois Press Association convention. The awards identified government agencies with the worst records of violating open meeting and open records laws.

In Southwest Florida, Doyle has been involved in a number of community organizations, including the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council of Collier County. On the economic development council, he served as vice chair of Project Innovation, a community-wide effort to diversify the area's economy and to promote entrepreneurism and innovation.

Doyle earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Loyola University of New Orleans.

Doyle and his wife, Julie Fritz-Doyle, are the parents of three children.

Scripps newspapers include:

  • Naples Daily News in Naples, Fla.
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, Fla.
  • The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn.
  • The Knoxville News Sentinel in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Anderson Independent-Mail in Anderson, S.C.
  • The Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Wash.
  • Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif.
  • Ventura County Star in Camarillo, Calif.
  • Wichita Falls Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, Texas
  • San Angelo Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas
  • Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Evansville Courier & Press in Evansville, Ind.
  • The Gleaner in Henderson, Ky.

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