When Kim Wilson was offered the opportunity to take the reins of The South Bend Tribune, she gladly accepted.
Wilson, 41, who most recently served about three years as president and publisher of the Fort Collins Coloradoan, was announced as The Tribune’s new president and publisher on May 16. She is taking the place of David Ray, who retired April 29, after 11 years as publisher.
She began her duties at The Tribune June 1. She is the first woman publisher at the newspaper in its 139-year history.
“I am so passionate about what this industry needs to do to not only survive but thrive in the future that I was thrilled to be offered this opportunity,” said Wilson, who spent her entire 20-year career with Gannett Co. newspapers in places such as Louisville, Ky.; Huntington, W.Va.; and Pensacola, Fla.
Wilson was introduced to Tribune employees during three sessions throughout the day May 16. She described herself as a listener who cares about each of her employees.
Wilson had a number of characteristics that stood out in her interviews, said Charles Pittman, senior vice president of newspapers for Mishawaka-based Schurz Communications Inc.
“What I liked about her is her ability to get results,” said Pittman. “She is very results-driven. She is straightforward and to the point. She has a real feel for what needs to be done. She understands our industry, plus she has been trained by Gannett and I think Gannett is one of the top trainers in the industry. She’s sharp and bright and will not hesitate to make decisions.”
Wilson, who grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in advertising, has a three-year-old son, Donavan.
“I see a group of people who are energized about where this can all go, where this company can go, and where this newspaper can go,” she said of what came across to her in the interview process with Schurz officials.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times