Tony W. Hunter serves as Publisher and CEO of Chicago Tribune Company, overseeing all digital and print operations for the Chicago Tribune. Hunter served as CEO of Publishing from July 2011 to April 2014 and as a member of the Executive Council for Tribune Company from October 2010 through May 2011.
Since joining the Chicago Tribune in 1994, Hunter has been honored to represent an organization with a long-standing tradition of excellence. He was promoted to CEO and Publisher of the Chicago Tribune in 2008 and has since led the extension of the Chicago Tribune’s market-leading position as the premier media and business services company in Chicagoland. Throughout his tenure as CEO/Publisher, Hunter has successfully fostered a culture of innovation and collaboration, leveraging the strong brands and talented workforce throughout the company.
As a forward-thinking company looking to challenge the status quo, Chicago Tribune is focused on creating differentiated offerings for new and existing customers, namely through innovative digital and niche products. The most recent, launch of digitalPLUS, the Chicago Tribune’s digital membership program, and Blue Sky Innovation, an online hub for tech-minded entrepreneurs are prime examples of digital innovation. These targeted evolutions of the Chicago Tribune portfolio and business services have resulted in sustainable financial results, digital and mobile audience growth, record video gains, and a more engaged employee base championing innovation.
A native of Calumet City, IL, Hunter holds an MBA in leadership and organizational development from DePaul University in Chicago. He is also a certified public accountant with a BA in accounting, business administration and economics from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Hunter is the chair of Metropolitan Family Services, a current member of the Civic Committee of Chicago, and a board member at the Newspaper Association of America.
Hunter and his wife, Sue, live in Chicagoland.