(AP) Frank M. Denton, editor of the Wisconsin State Journal since 1986, has been appointed editor of The Tampa Tribune.
Denton will oversee newsroom operations at Media General Inc.’s largest newspaper and will work with senior news staff at WFLA-TV and TBO.com. He fills a vacancy left by the promotion of Gil Thelen to president and publisher of the Tribune last year.
Denton “fits on so many levels with us,” Thelen said.
Thelen said Monday that Denton has earned a national reputation for community journalism, innovation, reader involvement and staff development.
Denton told the staff he was “deeply honored” to be put in charge of the paper, which has a daily circulation of 210,264. He said he planned no immediate changes.
“What I want to do is get to know to the staff, which will take some time, and to learn about Tampa,” he said. “I need to try to keep my mouth shut and ears open for a while and do a lot of learning.”
While editor of the State Journal, which has a daily circulation of more than 97,000, Denton emphasized long-term and investigative projects. The State Journal is owned by Capital Newspapers.
“The newspaper has a responsibility to be in touch with its community, to understand issues in the community,” Denton said. “And when there are problems plaguing the community, it’s the newspaper’s responsibility to go out and raise hell about it.”
Before joining the State Journal, Denton worked was an editor at the Detroit Free Press. He also worked as a reporter in Cincinnati, Anniston, Ala., and Austin, Texas.