‘Chicago Tribune’ Appoints New Publisher

 The Chicago Tribune has promoted Senior Vice President of Circulation/Operations Tony Hunter to publisher. He succeeds Robert Gremillion, senior vice president of Tribune Publishing, who took the publisher position on an interim basis. Gremillion filled in for Scott Smith, who left the company.

“It seems like Tony’s been associated with the Chicago Tribune since Joseph Medill was trying to convince Lincoln to run for president,” Randy Michaels, Tribune’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “The important thing is that Tony has spent his life in the publishing business and we still think he’s the right guy for the job. He understands the Trib and appreciates its history — but he’s also a change agent, a creative leader who is eager to move the paper in a new direction so it can compete for more readers and advertisers.”

From 2003 to 2007, Hunter served as vice president of operations and led expansions at the paper’s Freedom Center printing plant to increase color quality and preprint targeting. Prior to joining Tribune in 1994, Hunter worked for the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

“I’m honored to lead an organization with great people, brands and assets,” Hunter said in a statement. “I have a good sense of what works and what needs to change, and I also know our talented people are ready to address the challenges ahead. We’re making great progress with our upcoming redesign, and that is just the beginning.”