Knoxville Publisher Hartmann Takes Position at Scripps

By: E&P Staff Bruce Hartmann, publisher of the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, has been named vice president for sales at the E.W. Scripps Co., effective Sept. 1.

In his new position, Hartmann will be in charge of advertising and circulation revenue for all Scripps newspapers. Scripps is the News Sentinel's parent company.

"When we looked around the company for the best-respected leader to lead our revenue efforts, Bruce was a clear choice," Mark G. Contreras, the company's senior vice president of newspapers, told the News Sentinel. "He is a longtime Scripps employee who has the respect of his peers and folks in the industry. I am very, very encouraged at the prospects of him leading our revenue efforts."

According to the Knoxville daily, Hartmann's promotion is part of a larger reorganization at Scripps, where executives at the chain's 13 dailies will report to an operating committee made up of company executives. All advertising and circulation executives, including those at Scripps' magazines and weekly papers, will report to Hartmann.

As a further part of the reorganization, Rusty Coats, Scripps' vice president/interactive, will become vice president/content and marketing. All Scripps editors, marketing leaders and interactive operational staff will report directly to him, according to the News Sentinel.

Hartmann has worked at the News Sentinel since 1990, when he was hired as advertising director. He has served as publisher since 1998. He previously worked at The Telegraph in Nashua, N.H., The Baltimore Sun, and the Lowell (Mass.) Sun.

Coats joined Scripps last year after working as vice president and general manager of, the joint online business of the Tampa Tribune and television station WFLA.


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