Howard will take over as president and publisher of The News Journal upon the retirement of W. Curtis Riddle, effective November 26. Howard presently serves as vice president for national and display advertising at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News‘ parent company.
Noting The News Journal‘s rich history in Delaware, Howard said he was “humbled and honored” to be selected as Riddle’s successor.
Howard joined the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com in 2003 and left as Philadelphia Media Network, Inc.’s vice president of national advertising. Despite turnover in ownership, he was able to develop innovative advertising efforts, helping businesses better target audiences across multiple print and digital platforms.
Before joining the Philadelphia papers, Howard was an executive with the Journal Register Company in New Jersey from 1997 to 2003, with corporate responsibility for the advertising revenues of 23 daily and 232 non-daily newspapers. He previously served as a top advertising executive in some of the most competitive newspaper markets in America, inevitably for the smaller paper. With the Chicago Sun-Times from 1993 to 1994, he competed with the Tribune, and with The Orange County Register from 1985 to 1993, he went head-to-head with the Los Angeles Times.
Howard said Riddle has provided “a fabulous foundation for us to continue to improve.”