Gates Out as Editor of Newport News ‘Daily News’

By: E&P Staff

Ernie Gates stepped down Aug. 2 as editor and vice president of the Daily Press, Newport News, Va., as it reorganizes its top newsroom management.

President and Publisher Digby A. Solomon said the Tribune Co. newspaper will hire a content director, responsible for overseeing all of the Daily Press‘ expanded portfolio of digital and print publications.

Until then, newsroom management is shared by Managing Editor/Print Robin McCormick and Managing Editor/Digital Marisa Porto. Both report to the publisher.

Calling the departing editor “a thoughtful and engaging colleague,” Solomon said in a statement that Gates combined journalistic talent with a “deep knowledge of the Peninsula to keep the Daily Press relevant to our community.” He further noted that Gates implementing conversion to all-color content and refocused the front section on local news.

Gates, who remains with the paper during a brief transition, joined the Daily Press in 1978 as a business reporter and later covered politics from its state capital bureau. He also served as editorial page editor, newsgathering editor and strategic planning director.

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