Tribune Publishing, a division of Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB), today announced that Digby A. Solomon Diez has been named president, publisher and chief executive officer of Daily Press, Inc., Newport News, Va., effective immediately. He will lead the Daily Press, the semi-weekly Virginia Gazette and all related operations.
“Digby brings a unique blend of talents to the role of publisher of the Daily Press,” said Kathleen M. Waltz, who oversees the newspaper as a Tribune Publishing group vice president in addition to her duties as publisher of the Orlando Sentinel. “His leadership experience in print and interactive, and on both the news and business sides of media, is a rare combination.”
Solomon has served as publisher of Tribune’s Spanish-language daily newspaper, Hoy, since 2004. Javier J. Aldape, Hoy editor and vice president/product and audience development, has been named Hoy’s acting publisher.
After joining Tribune in 1990, Solomon spent more than seven years at the Daily Press, serving as a reporter, assistant metro editor, business editor and director/new media. He also managed the Daily Press’s launch of online operations in 1992 as general manager of Digital City Hampton Roads, in partnership with America Online.
“I’m thrilled to be coming back home to the Peninsula and the two organizations the region depends upon for its news — the Daily Press and The Virginia Gazette,” said Solomon. “We have great people and great products, in print and online, with lots of exciting plans to grow.”
Before becoming publisher, Solomon served as vice president/general manager of Hoy’s Chicago edition, launched in 2003, and director/general manager of ¡Exito!, a Spanish-language predecessor published weekly by Chicago Tribune Company.
From 1999 to 2003, he served as general manager of Chicago Tribune Interactive, overseeing chicagotribune.com, metromix.com and ChicagoSports.com, and from 1998 to 1999, he was general manager/interactive at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
At Daily Press, Inc., Solomon succeeds Rondra J. Matthews, who was appointed president, publisher and chief executive officer of Baltimore Sun Company in September. Since then, Ernie Gates, Daily Press vice president/editor, has also served as the newspaper’s acting publisher.