January 5, 2016 Last Updated 6:58 am

Tribune Publishing reshuffles the deck: Rick Daniels named publisher in Baltimore, Tom Wiley new publisher in Hartford

Like sports, where the same group of coaches seem to go from team to team, publishing companies like to stick to insiders, naming the same group of executives to new jobs within their company. Tribune Publishing has followed this example today, naming Rick Daniels, their publisher in Hartford, as the new publisher at The Baltimore Sun. Tom Wiley, formerly with Digital First Media, will replace Daniels as publisher at the Hartford Courant.


Left: Rick Daniels; Right: Tom Wiley

Both men have long resumes in the newspaper or consulting business. Rick Daniels has been Publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant Media Group, a subsidiary of Tribune Publishing, for about a year and a half, and previously was President of GateHouse Media New England from mid-2007 to the end of 2012. Before that Daniels was  President and General Manager of The Boston Globe from 2001 to 2005.

Daniels has been handling the publisher’s duties in Baltimore since that paper’s publisher, Tim Ryan, was moved to Los Angeles to take over that role at the LA Times following the removal of Austin Beutner.

Wiley joins Tribune Publishing after having been Executive Vice President Sales at Digital First Media. Wiley was in advertising at the Lansing State Journal early in his career (he is a Michigan State grad), before taking ad manager roles including becoming VP Sales for Lee Enterprises at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Both men will be reporting to Denise Warren, president of Digital and CEO of East Coast Publishing at Tribune. Warren, previously with The New York Times, was brought on to implement changes with Tribune Publishing’s digital media strategy, as well as run the east coast papers. One change that will be implemented this year will be moving to metered paywalls, from a premium content strategy.

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