Doug Fruehling Snags Mike Mills’ Spot as Editor of WBJ

Last week, we announced that Washington Business Journal Editor Mike Mills was hired away by Roll Call. FBDC has now confirmed that Doug Fruehling, a former Roll Call-er and current co-managing editor of WBJ has been promoted to Mills’ old post.

WBJ tells us that others were interviewed for the gig but “everyone was gunning for Doug and judging from the cheers in the halls, publisher Alex Orfinger’s decision has certainly pleased his staff.”

Congrats to WBJ and to Doug!

Update: WBJ has officially announced. See it after the jump.

Doug Fruehling was named editor of the Washington Business Journal, Publisher Alex Orfinger announced Friday.

Fruehling joined the WBJ in 1996 as a staff reporter covering commercial real estate and has served two stints as managing editor. He also helped launch OnSite, the newspaper’s quarterly commercial real estate publication.

“Doug brings deep knowledge of our region’s business community to his new position,” Orfinger said. “I’m proud of his accomplishments and know he’ll help us build a stronger news franchise.”

“With the current recession, high-quality business journalism is more important now than ever,” Fruehling said. “Our No. 1 mission is to provide our readers the news and information they need to make critical business decisions.”

Fruehling, who holds a journalism degree from Ohio University, previously served as managing editor of Roll Call. He started his career as a reporter for the Journal Star in Peoria, Ill.

Fruehling, 40, replaces Mike Mills, who resigned to take a new role as editorial director of Roll Call Group. Mills had been with the WBJ since March 2007.

The Washington Business Journal is owned by Charlotte, N.C.-based American City Business Journals, an Advance Publications Inc. company.