Wolman Named New Editor and Publisher of ‘Detroit News’

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By: E&P Staff

Jonathan Wolman, 56, was named editor and publisher of The Detroit News today, succeeding David J. Butler, who was appointed vice president for news for the MediaNews Group Inc., the newspaper reports today.

Wolman has been editor of the editorial page of The Denver Post since 2004. He previously spent 31 years at The Associated Press, ultimately serving as senior vice president there.

“I’m excited about returning to Detroit and joining The News,” Wolman said in a statement. “For a journalist, Michigan is an extraordinary environment and we’ll use all the tools of the trade — in print and online — to capture the day’s developments. We want to satisfy the community’s interests in southeast Michigan and the world around us.”

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In his remarks to the newsroom staff, Wolman said it was “a kick to be back” in Detroit, where he once worked as an AP reporter and Michigan news editor. He said he was drawn to the “compelling news” in the region, which is facing hard economic times.

Butler, who will be based in Denver, will oversee the content of MediaNews Group’s newspapers and Web sites.

The appointments were announced by William Dean Singleton, MNG’s vice chairman and CEO and Steve Rossi, executive vice president and COO. Butler will report to Singleton and Rossi. Wolman will continue to report to Singleton.

Wolman is expected to take over in mid-June, and Butler said he would overlap with him by a week or two to ensure an orderly transition.

“Jon’s years of experience as one of the nation’s leading editors make him uniquely qualified to lead The Detroit News in these times of exciting transformation to the future,” Singleton said in announcing the appointment.

Butler, 56, became editor and publisher of The Detroit News in August 2005 when MNG purchased the paper from Gannett.

“Working with The Detroit News staff has been a wonderful experience,” Butler said. “I will greatly miss our many new friends and colleagues in Michigan. Fortunately, my new role will still have me working with The News, but from afar. I’m confident Jon Wolman will lead the newspaper to new levels of excellence.”

Dan Haley was named to replace Wolman as editorial page editor of The
Denver Post. Haley, 37, worked for The Post’s editorial page for five years.

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