Advance Hires Robert Woodworth to Lead Cleveland Market

By: E&P Staff

Advance Publications announced that Robert Woodworth, former CEO of Pulitzer Newspapers Inc., has joined the company’s Cleveland market.

In his new role, Woodworth will advise The Plain Dealer and the suburban Sun Newspapers on strategy. He will also be responsible for finding the Plain Dealer’s new publisher. Current publisher Alex Machaskee announced his retirement two weeks ago but will stay on with the Plain Dealer until his successor is named.

“We have the greatest respect for Bob,” Donald E. Newhouse, president of Advance Publications, said in a statement. “His long and varied experience in the newspaper business will serve us well.”

In a Plain Dealer story about the appointment, Newhouse declined to elaborate on future strategic plans.

Woodworth, who was appointed CEO of Pulitzer in 1999, oversaw the $1.46 billion sale of the St. Louis-based company to Lee Enterprises in January 2005. Prior to that, Woodworth was a senior vice president at Knight Ridder where he managed the operations of several newspapers including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Kansas City Star. He also served as the Star’s president and publisher.

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