Bay Area News Group’s Publisher and President Sharon Ryan announced today that Frank Pine, executive editor of Southern California News Group, is taking on an expanded role in the company and will serve also as executive editor of Bay Area News Group.
Pine replaces Neil Chase, who left Bay Area News Group last month to serve as chief executive officer of CALmatters.
“Frank is an experienced industry leader and passionate advocate for journalism who is well positioned to lead our newsrooms boldly into the future,” Ryan said. “He is an innovative thinker and a first-class digital strategist who has been instrumental in helping to define digital strategy for MediaNews Group properties across the United States as well as here in California.”
With more than 20 years in newspapers, Pine is a proponent of professional, fact-based news that is essential to maintaining healthy and well-informed communities. He is committed to providing readers with the information they need to live well. Pine’s business savvy approach and technical knowledge will be key to developing strategies and initiatives that benefit readers and advertisers alike.
While taking on leadership of The Mercury News and East Bay Times newsrooms, Pine will continue to oversee news for Southern California, a position he has held since 2015.
“In uniting Bay Area and Southern California newsrooms under Frank’s leadership, we are strengthening our already formidable news teams and creating new opportunities to expand our audience and increase engagement,” Ryan said.
Pine previously served as director of audience development for MediaNews Group, the parent company of Bay Area News Group and Southern California News Group, and before that was managing editor for the Los Angeles News Group, and editor and general manager of the Inland Empire News Group. Pine has held all manner of newsroom positions, ranging from reporter to page designer to city editor and managing editor since beginning his journalism career at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario (San Bernardino County) in 1996.
“I am humbled and honored to work with the talented journalists at The Mercury News and East Bay Times,” Pine said. “These are great newspapers with committed staffs that produce the hard-hitting journalism that now more than ever is essential to a free society and well-functioning democracy.”