USA Today Names Publisher, Top Editor

David Hunke, chief executive officer of the Detroit Media Partnership and publisher of the Detroit Free Press, was named president and publisher of USA Today, Gannett announced Tuesday.

Hunke succeeds Craig Moon who departed April 17.

The company also announced USA Today executive editor John Hillkirk had been named editor of that paper, replacing Ken Paulsen, who left the job earlier this year.

Craig Dubow, Gannett chairman, president and chief executive officer, made the announcements at the company’s annual shareholders meeting.

“Dave is a highly talented, multi-faceted leader, who drives excellence throughout his organization while making the tough business decisions. At the same time, he has the courage to be innovative and take chances. He is just the right person for USA Today at this juncture,” Dubow said in a statement. “I am thrilled he will be joining my executive team.”

Hunke led the Detroit Media Partnership through its home delivery cutback at the Free Press and JOA partner Detroit News earlier this year, which reduced their subscriber deliveries to three days per week.

On the appointment of Hillkirk to the top editing post, Hunke said: “John has taken on every challenge USA Today has thrown at him and not only succeeded, but did it with calm assurance and creativity. He is a top-notch journalist with great instincts who also understands and can articulate the future of the industry. Together, John and I can make a real difference at the nation’s newspaper.”