‘Hoy’ Publisher Solomon Tapped to Head Tribune Sibling in Virginia

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By: E&P Staff

Digby A. Solomon Diez, who took over Tribune Co.’s national Spanish-language daily Hoy after its circulation scandal, is the new publisher, president and CEO of the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., and its related operations, Tribune announced Wednesday.

Solomon succeeds Rondra J. Matthews, who was appointed president, publisher and chief executive officer of Baltimore Sun Company in September. Daily Press Editor and Vice President Ernie Gates had served as the paper’s acting publisher.

Javier J. Aldape, Hoy’s editor and vice president/product and audience development, was named Spanish-language tab’s acting publisher.

“Digby brings a unique blend of talents to the role of publisher of the Daily Press,” Tribune Publishing Group Vice President and Orlando Sentinel Publisher Kathleen M. Waltz said in a statement. “His leadership experience in print and interactive, and on both the news and business sides of media, is a rare combination.”

For Solomon, the appointment is a return to the newspaper where he started his career at Tribune in 1990. He was at the Daily Press for seven years, serving as a reporter, assistant metro editor, business editor and director of new media.

In 1992, he headed the paper’s launch of online operations as general manager Digital City Hampton Roads, a partnership between the paper and America Online.

From 1999 to 2003, he served as general manager of Chicago Tribune Interactive, overseeing chicagotribune.com, metromix.com and ChicagoSports.com. He was general manager/interactive at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel from 1998 to 1999.

Solomon moved into Tribune’s Spanish-language publishing in 2003 as director and general manager of Exito, a weekly published by the Chicago Tribune. Later in the year, he oversaw the launch of the Chicago edition of Hoy as its vice president and general manager.

He became publisher of Hoy in 2004, when a massive circulation fraud scheme was uncovered at the paper’s New York City edition and Newsday in Long Island, N.Y. Louis Sito, who was Tribune’s first head of Hispanic publishing when he resigned amid the scandal, pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with the circulation falsification.

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