July 12, 2002
Cornwall named publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Press-Enterprise; De Varenne named Editor
RIVERSIDE, CA -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC) announced today that David L. Cornwall will become publisher and chief executive officer of The Press-Enterprise and Maria De Varenne will become editor, effective October 1, 2002.
Cornwall and De Varenne will assume the responsibilities currently held by Marcia McQuern, publisher, editor, president and chief executive officer of The Press Enterprise, who will retire on October 1, and remain as an advisor to the newspaper.
"Dave and Maria are the perfect team to ensure the ongoing success, quality and
strong traditions of The Press-Enterprise. Both are highly knowledgeable of the Southern California market, have strong experience within The Press-Enterprise and have been part of the driving force behind many of the initiatives that have been launched by the newspaper. We're fortunate to have such talented people within our newspaper upon which to build our next generation of leadership," said Donald F. "Skip" Cass, Belo senior vice president and Southwest group head.
Cornwall, who will report to Cass, is a 40-year Press Enterprise veteran and has
served in numerous management roles.
Most recently he served as senior vice president and general manager of The
Press-Enterprise since 1999, and has been responsible for sales, marketing, finance, administration, production and operations.
Cornwall joined The Press-Enterprise in 1962 as a circulation station manager after three years as a carrier. He rose through the ranks of the organization and has held a variety of positions in the Advertising Department including vice president/Advertising.
Cornwall, 55, earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in operations management and a minor in marketing from California State University, Fullerton.
Cornwall is a past member of the Riverside Downtown Association Executive Committee, the Riverside Community College Marketing Advisory Board, and Board of Directors for the California Newspaper Advertising Executives Association. He is currently a member of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.
De Varenne, 38, joined The Press-Enterprise in 1999 as special projects
editor after working as the assistant managing editor at The San Bernardino
Sun. De Varenne became managing editor in April 2000, and was promoted to executive editor in June 2001.
De Varenne began her career as a general assignment reporter at The Daytona
Beach News-Journal (Daytona Beach, Fla.) in 1988. She also worked as a business reporter, business editor and special projects editor for newspapers in Texas and Pennsylvania. She has won numerous regional, state and national awards. Her work has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publisher's Association, the
Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher's Association, Missouri Life
De Varenne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of
New Mexico. She is on the board of directors for Start Out Smart - Read (SOS Read), a non-profit organization that
raises money to purchase books for impoverished families.
About The Press-Enterprise Co.
The Press-Enterprise Co., a Riverside, CA-based subsidiary of Belo, publishes a
185,000 circulation daily newspaper; six weekly community newspapers; The
Business Press, a weekly covering business news in the Inland Empire; La
Prensa, a weekly Spanish-language newspaper; and the advertising
publications Inland Empire HomeSeller, Inland Empire AutoSeller, Inland
Empire Employment, and Savings Express. It also owns SoCal Commercial Printing.
Belo Corp., based in Dallas, is one of
the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading
television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,800 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo
operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.9 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates six cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing
agreement. Belo publishes four daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 34 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products.
Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.For more information, contact Scott Baradell, vice president/Corporate Communications, at 214-977-2067.