Hearst in­stalls new pub­lisher

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Alexan­der Soule

Hearst Corp. named Mike DeLuca as pres­i­dent and group pub­lisher of Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group, with over­sight of eight daily news­pa­pers in­clud­ing the Con­necti­cut Post, New Haven Reg­is­ter and Stam­ford Ad­vo­cate, as well as 14 weekly news­pa­pers and four mag­a­zines in­clud­ing Con­necti­cut Mag­a­zine.

DeLuca will con­tinue to head the Lo­calEdge unit of Hearst Me­dia Ser­vices pro­vid­ing mar­ket­ing leads, where he has been CEO since 2013.

In his new role as head of Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group, DeLuca re­ports to Jeff John­son, pres­i­dent of Hearst News­pa­pers, with DeLuca pre­vi­ously ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of ad sales for Hearst News­pa­pers, which has two-dozen dailies na­tion­ally in­clud­ing the Hous­ton Chron­i­cle, the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, the San An­to­nio Ex­press News and the Times Union cov­er­ing the Al­bany, N.Y. re­gion.

“Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group is heav­ily in­vested in serv­ing its read­ers and con­tin­u­ing to grow its busi­ness ser­vices and reach in this mar­ket,” John­son stated in a press re­lease on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “Mike’s proven track record as both a me­dia ex­ec­u­tive and an ad­ver­tis­ing sales leader, par­tic­u­larly across lo­cal mar­kets, will help fur­ther our mis­sion to ex­pand news op­er­a­tions in Con­necti­cut, pro­vid­ing the most in­for­ma­tive news and en­ter­tain­ing life­style con­tent in the re­gion.”

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia is the largest news or­ga­ni­za­tion in Con­necti­cut with its main cor­po­rate of­fice in Nor­walk as a sub­sidiary of New York City-based Hearst led by CEO Steven Swartz. Other Hearst re­gional dailies in Con­necti­cut in­clude the Green­wich Time, the Nor­walk Hour, the New­sTimes in Dan­bury, the Mid­dle­town Press and the Reg­is­ter Cit­i­zen of Tor­ring­ton.

DeLuca has a fa­mil­iar­ity with Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group, hav­ing helped in­te­grate the New Haven Reg­is­ter into the group af­ter Hearst ac­quired the news­pa­per in 2017. He brings a diversity of ex­pe­ri­ences in rev­enue man­age­ment roles at Ya­hoo, Groupon, the in­ter­net mar­ket­ing ser­vices provider Yo­dle and the stor­age com­put­ing gi­ant EMC, known to­day as Dell EMC. He is a grad­u­ate of Bos­ton College.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, DeLuca told Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group em­ploy­ees he will bring trans­parency to the role and ex­pand the ways in which the news or­ga­ni­za­tion in­forms its au­di­ence, with a will­ing­ness to in­vest in pri­or­i­ties, try new strate­gies, and be held ac­count­able for re­sults.

“What we do ev­ery sin­gle day re­ally has a last­ing ef­fect on the com­mu­ni­ties that we serve,” DeLuca said Wed­nes­day. “We need to lever­age tech­nol­ogy ... while still stay­ing true to our mis­sion.”

It is the se­cond ma­jor new ar­rival for Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group in the past year, af­ter the hire last Oc­to­ber of Matt DeRienzo as vice pres­i­dent of news and dig­i­tal con­tent over­see­ing edi­to­rial strat­egy and con­tent for Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group.

Days later, Hearst ac­quired Her­sam Acorn News­pa­pers to ex­pand its town cov­er­age in south­west­ern Con­necti­cut, with weekly news­pa­pers to­day in­clud­ing the West­port News, Darien Times, Fair­field Cit­i­zen, New Canaan Advertiser and Greater New Mil­ford Spec­trum. And Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia has ex­panded its cov­er­age ad­di­tion­ally to in­clude con­tent from the Con­necti­cut Mir­ror, a non­profit which cov­ers the in­ter­sec­tion of pol­icy, govern­ment and pol­i­tics; and CTNewsJunk­ie.com.

Mike DeLuca

Will Wal­dron / Al­bany Times Union

Mike DeLuca in May 2017 at the of­fices of Hearst’s Times Union in Colonie, N.Y.

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