Publisher and CEO
Tony W. Hunter was appointed chief executive officer of Tribune Publishing in July 2011, assuming responsibility for the strategic priorities and day-to-day digital and print operations of seven Tribune newspaper companies including the Baltimore Sun in MD: Chicago Tribune in IL; Daily Press in VA; Hartford Courant in CT; the Morning Call in PA; Orlando Sentinel and Sun Sentinel in FL.
He is currently leading the transformation of these traditional newspaper companies into media and business service companies. Hunter served as one of the four members of Tribune Company’s Executive Council, which exercised the responsibilities of the office of Chief Executive and President from October 2010 to May 2011.
Since September 2008, Hunter has served as publisher and CEO of Chicago Tribune Company, overseeing a robust print and digital media portfolio including the Chicago Tribune, RedEye, Hoy, chicagotribune.com, TribLocal, and Chicago Magazine. During this time, Hunter helped lead the recent redesign and expansion of content at the Chicago Tribune; the establishment of the “Breaking News Center,” an around-the-clock digital operation leveraging capabilities of Chicago Tribune, WGN-TV, WGN-AM and CLTV; the signing of printing and distribution agreements Sun-Times News Group; numerous digital initiatives including 435digital; a redesigned Chicago Tribune website and several mobile products.
Hunter previously was senior vice president/circulation and operations for Chicago Tribune, a position he assumed in 2007. In this capacity, he was responsible for production, technology and circulation, as well as marketing strategy, customer acquisition/retention, manufacturing and distribution.
Hunter joined Chicago Tribune in 1994 as manager/circulation planning and analysis. During his tenure, he led the development of the pricing and distribution strategies for the launch of RedEye. Prior to joining Chicago Tribune, Hunter worked for the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) as Director of Field Auditing-Newspapers and held a variety of auditing positions from 1984 to 1994.
A native of Calumet City, Illinois, Hunter holds an MBA in leadership and organizational development from DePaul University and a BA in accounting, business administration and economics from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is a CPA, the former president of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, a current member of the Civic Committee, and board member of Metropolitan Family Services. Hunter and his wife Sue, live in Chicagoland.