Palm Beach Newspapers names publisher
7:24 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 | Filed in: News
Tim Burke, executive editor of The Palm Beach Post, today was named publisher for Palm Beach Newspapers Inc., which includes The Post, the Palm Beach Daily News and La Palma.
Burke, 49, will retain his role as editor of The Post, as well as his title of Vice President for Audience Development. He became editor in April after serving as Vice President for Digital Media for PBNI.
In his 16 years at The Post, Burke was also an award-winning sports editor, assistant managing editor for sports, and deputy managing editor.
“Tim is the right person for this job,” said Bob Neil, executive vice president for Cox Media Group. “He’s smart, and he rolls up his sleeves and gets into the action. PBNI is starting to rebuild our products around what our readers and advertisers want, and Tim will bring energy and enthusiasm to that mission.”
“We’re innovating and changing with the times,” Burke said. “At the same time we remain committed to our important watchdog role in our community.”
Burke assumed responsibility for the PalmBeachPost.com website in 2000 while working as the paper’s sports editor. He led the site to its position as the leading local breaking news site for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In the past year PBNI also launched PBgametime.com (high school sports), FloridaHome.PalmBeachPost.com (real estate) and PBPulse.com (entertainment).
As Sports Editor, Burke led The Post’s sports section to five consecutive “Triple Crown” awards given by the Associated Press Sports Editors group for best daily, Sunday and special sections. No other newspaper in the country, of any circulation size, matched that record.
Prior to joining The Post, Burke was assistant sports editor at the Miami Herald for six years and also worked as a sports editor and reporter at the Dallas Times-Herald and Springfield (Mo) News-Leader. He and his wife, Karen, have two children and live in Jupiter.
Neil also noted that Charles Gerardi remains vice president of revenue development, overseeing advertising and marketing, and Christopher Caneles will continue as vice president of operations, overseeing finance, circulation, human resources and other operations.
“With Tim, Chuck and Christopher, we have three talented folks who will lead and bend the rapid change in our business into a model that will continue to benefit our readers and advertisers,” Neil said.