Brenner named publisher of The (Bremerton, Wash.) Sun

Tue, August 26, 1997 by Tim King

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Elizabeth F. Brenner, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, will be promoted to president and publisher of The Sun in Bremerton, Wash.The appointment, which becomes effective July 1, was announced today by Alan M. Horton, The E.W. Scripps Company’s senior vice president for newspapers. Both newspapers are owned by Scripps. "Betsy is one of the newspaper industry’s leading advertising and marketing experts," said Horton. "She will be a tremendous advocate for The Sun’s advertisers and its 40,000 subscribers, as well as the community of Kitsap County."Her accomplishments in Denver, one of the country’s most competitive newspaper markets, have prepared her well to take the helm in Bremerton. She will lead an outstanding team, which includes general manager Ron Muhleman, who runs The Sun’s business functions, and editor Mike Phillips, who has been orchestrating improvements in the paper’s editorial content." The move to Bremerton will be a homecoming for Brenner, who grew up in Washington state and whose family has operated a bakery business in the Seattle area since 1902. She began her career on the editorial side of the newspaper business as a reporter for The Miami Herald in 1976 and then as a reporter and columnist for The Chicago Tribune from 1977 to 1981. She moved to the business side when she joined The New York Times as a marketing analyst in 1981.In January 1987, she returned to The Miami Herald as marketing services manager. She served in retail advertising management positions before being promoted to assistant circulation director in 1990. In 1991, Brenner joined the Rocky Mountain News as vice president of advertising and marketing. She was promoted to senior vice president of advertising and circulation in 1994. Last July, she was named senior vice president of sales and marketing.In her most recent position, she directed all marketing, advertising and circulation activities for Greater Denver’s largest and oldest newspaper. Brenner has served on and headed various committees for the Newspaper Association of America. She also is active with the American Press Institute, having served as a seminar instructor since 1991 and as a member of the Circulation Advisory Committee since 1994. In Denver, she has served on several civic boards, including the Greater Denver Corporation, the Colorado AIDS project, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Jewish Family Service and the Colorado Ballet.The E.W. Scripps Company operates nine television stations; daily newspapers in 16 markets; two television production companies, Los Angeles-based Scripps Howard Productions and Knoxville’s Cinetel Productions; United Media, licensor and syndicator of news features and comics; and Home & Garden Television, a 24-hour cable television network.