GateHouse COO Kirk Davis Wins Borrell’s 2013 Innovator Award

By: Press Release | Borrell Associates

WILLIAMSBURG, VA (Feb. 12, 2013) – Borrell Associates  today announced that Kirk Davis, president and COO of GateHouse Media, will be the recipient of its 2013 Award of Merit for outstanding leadership and innovation in local media.  The award will be presented on March 5 at Borrell’s 2013 Local Online Advertising Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.                

“Among all this year’s nominees, Kirk Davis stood out in an exceptional way,” said Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates.  “He’s provided leadership in such a way that I don’t think we’ll be calling GateHouse a ‘newspaper’ company much longer.  With the creation of Propel Marketing, he’s taken his company out of the ‘disrupted’ column and is making GateHouse a disruptor.”

“I’m honored to share this award with our leadership team and employees,” Davis said. “I’m grateful for the amazing job they do and for this truly humbling recognition.”  He said he feels privileged to work for a company that “embraces the thrill and challenge of innovation, and to work with a group of executives who are incredibly talented, but also passionate about the opportunity at hand.”

Davis joins top local media executives from Fisher Communications, Deseret Media and CBS Local who have been past recipients of the innovator’s award. Borrell pores through dozens of nominees and issues the award annually to an executive who’s taken an innovative path to help a local media company in its digital transformation.                

“What a bold move to start a new business unit with a separate brand, staff and structure and hire 100 FTEs,” said Nancy Lane, president of the Local Media Association, who put Davis’ name in nomination.  “He’s a gutsy, bold leader who’s deserving of this honor.”                

Davis is a longtime media executive who has served as publisher of newspapers in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California.  He was named president and COO of GateHouse Media in January 2009, GateHouse is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 78 daily publications, 261 weekly newspapers, 92 shoppers, 6 yellow page directories and more than 400 locally focused websites and mobile sites. GateHouse Media currently serves local audiences of more than 10 million per week across 21 states. The company’s business model is to be the preeminent provider of local content and advertising in the small and midsize markets it serves.

Last year,  GateHouse launched Propel Marketing (, a local online marketing company providing digital solutions to small and medium sized businesses.  GateHouse Media also launched Adhance Media, a private ad exchange that brings together media companies who are looking to maximize revenue from excess ad inventory. For more information on the awards or Borrell Associates, visit or call 757.221-6641.  

Borrell Associates Inc.  is a research firm that tracks local advertising and helps media companies develop executive strategies.  It works with more than 1,200 local media companies throughout North America and publishes regular analyses of major advertising trends and conduct sales training for clients.  The company is headquartered in Williamsburg, Va.  

GateHouse Media’s business model is to be the preeminent provider of local content and advertising in the small and midsize markets we serve. Our portfolio of products, which includes 431 community publications and more than 405 related websites and six yellow page directories, serves over 299,000 business advertising accounts and reaches approximately 10 million people on a weekly basis.  

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