Rich Boehne to Step Down as Scripps CEO; Adam Symson Upped

By Chris Ariens 

Rich Boehne will retire as president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company next year, with Chief Digital Officer Adam Symson primed to take over as CEO. For now Symson takes on the title of COO.

Boehne has been president and CEO since 2008. Symson has been with Scripps since 2002, joining the TV division’s KNXV. He’s had stints as a news producer at KNBC, KCBS, and WBBM. He got his start in radio at Los Angeles station KGIL.

Said Boehne: “Having spent more than half of his career in broadcast television, including as an investigative journalist and a news strategist for Scripps, Adam is driven by our company’s mission and our vision of creating a better-informed world. His deep experience as a broadcaster, a builder of digital media brands, and a discerning leader will serve our employees, our customers and our owners exceptionally well.”


Scripps owns 33 television stations in 24 markets. It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets as well as satire and humor brand Cracked, podcast platform Midroll Media, and OTT news service Newsy.