Daily Press publisher, editor named editor for Pilot
Marissa Porto, editor and publisher of the Daily Press, will now serve as the top editor at the Virginian-Pilot.
Porto’s promotion was announced last Thursday by a Tronc representative at a Pilot newsroom meeting. Earlier this month, Tronc bought the Pilot and its affiliated publications for $34 million.
Steve Gunn, who served as editor at the Pilot for three years, will leave the position.
Porto will split her time between the Pilot and the Press. She will not, however, serve as publisher of the Pilot. The position has been vacant since former publisher Pat Richardson left in April.
Tronc representatives denied rumors that the Pilot and the Press would merge. Tronc reps said over the next month they would be studying how to integrate the operations of the two newsrooms.
Longtime C-Ville Tomorrow reporter leaving
Sean Tubbs, a reporter of 11 years for the online non-profit news site Charlottesville Tomorrow, has announced that he is resigning from the organization to pursue an opportunity outside of the media industry.
Tubbs will soon begin working for Piedmont Environmental Council as a field representative for Albemarle County, Charlottesville and Greene County.
RTD promotes circulation manager
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has promoted a seven-year employee to become the new circulation manager for the paper’s Brandermill distribution center.
Leanne Carpenter has been promoted to oversee one of RTD’s five distribution centers.
“Her experience gives her a well-rounded background in all facets of the distribution operation,” said David Kirkman, vice president of audience services. “She has been at or near the top of customer service scores in the areas she has worked. Her commitment to subscriber service and always striving for continual improvement will serve her well in her new duties.”
Former CNS reporter joins Rappahannock Record
A recent graduate from the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University and former Capital News Service reporter Megan Schiffres has joined the Rappahannock Record as a general assignment reporter.
Schriffres will replace 10-year veteran Record reporter, Audrey Thomasson.
Schriffres’ stories have been published by the Washington Post, the Associated Press and several newspapers around the state. She previously worked in writing positions for RVA Mag/ Gay RVA and the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU.
Her coverage for the Record will include Kilmarnock Town Council and Northumberland County.