September 6, 2007
The Dallas Morning News Names John McKeon to Newly Created Position of President and General Manager
Dallas, TX - The Dallas Morning News has named John McKeon president and general manager, a newly created position.
"John brings strong experience in transforming businesses and spearheading change within the newspaper industry," said Jim Moroney, publisher. "I am confident that his understanding of the evolving industry and his track record of success in large markets will support the News' goals for revenue and readership growth."
McKeon brings more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry. Most recently, he served as president/CEO and publisher of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, where he was responsible for nine newspapers and 1,925 employees. He has also held numerous high-level positions with Knight Ridder and the Tribune Company/Times Mirror, including the role of general manager of Newsday and Sun-Sentinel and senior vice president of advertising at both the Los Angeles Times and Newsday.
"The Dallas-Fort Worth market is one of the most dynamic large markets in the country, and I am excited and honored to work with a newspaper company of such high caliber as The Dallas Morning News," said McKeon.
McKeon will assume his new role on October 1 and report to publisher Jim Moroney.
About The Dallas Morning News
Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News is the nation's 15th largest newspaper and serves a readership of nearly 1.6 million. The newspaper has received eight Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. Its Web site, DallasNews.com, received the Scripps Howard Foundation National Award for Web Reporting in 2005. In 2003, the paper launched the leading Spanish-language daily in North Texas, Al Dia; the standard-setting free weekday paper, Quick; and the nation's first editorial blog. The Dallas Morning News is the flagship newspaper subsidiary of Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), 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 7,100 employees and $1.6 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and Rhode Island.