New chief strengthens investigative reporting focus of the Scripps Washington
Weiss delivers impressive news credentials, insightful leadership and vast
experience covering national affairs in Washington, D.C.
CINCINNATI, Jan. 18, 2013
CINCINNATI, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ellen Weiss, an accomplished
journalist and successful news executive, will take charge of The E.W. Scripps
Company's (NYSE:SSP) multimedia news bureau in Washington, D.C., effective
February 11, 2013.
As vice president and bureau chief, Weiss will oversee a growing team of
investigative reporters whose stories appear in all Scripps television,
newspaper and digital markets, plus guide the company's daily national
coverage and manage the Scripps Howard News Service.
Weiss joins Scripps from The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit
investigative news organization, where she was the executive editor in charge
of strategic planning and investigative journalism. She was instrumental in
the story selection, editing, publishing and distribution of original
investigative journalism. Through her leadership, the organization's content
crossed multiple platforms to reach audiences online and on major print,
broadcast and digital outlets.
Before joining the nonpartisan organization in 2011, she enjoyed a
transformative and successful career with National Public Radio. During her
tenure, which spanned nearly 30 years, she was at the forefront of news
coverage and investigations that touched many corners of the world. From early
beginnings as a production assistant, she spent nearly two decades on the
critically acclaimed "All Things Considered" program before spending five
years as the supervising senior editor of NPR's national desk. In 2007 she was
named senior vice president of NPR, overseeing the entire news organization of
400 domestic and international journalists.
Weiss spearheaded the conversion of NPR's newsroom from an exclusively
broadcast production to one that is now multimedia. She directed the global
expansion of NPR reporting and the creation of award-winning programs and news
coverage. Her guidance resulted in significant audience growth, increased
philanthropic support and numerous awards for journalistic excellence.
"Scripps has long been, and will continue to be, deeply committed to
investigative reporting , both locally and nationally, for TV, print and
digital audiences," said Rich Boehne, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps
Company. "Ellen Weiss brings years of experience that will help further
strengthen our journalistic voice at a time when our audiences crave quality
and integrity. All Scripps markets will benefit from the investigations and
community-changing journalism that we expect from our Washington team through
Unlike many peer companies in the industry, Scripps is forging ahead with its
strategy to more extensively cover the nation's capital and national topics.
Investigations and data research by Scripps are cited in arguments before the
U.S. Supreme Court and are leading to legislative changes. These actions are a
testament to the company's mission to serve communities. The company expanded
the staff in 2012 to fully implement a video journalism team that now creates
video content uniquely structured to appeal to different audiences on
different digital platforms.
The bureau traces its roots to 1917, when the company's founder, Edward W.
Scripps, established a headquarters in Washington to direct the company's
support of American war efforts. With the advent of World War II, the bureau
added international reporting responsibilities, most famously embodied by
legendary Scripps war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who died in April 1945 while
embedded with combat troops on the Pacific Island of Iejima. The bureau today
serves 18 of the top 20 markets in the United States. The combined daily
circulation of its clients exceeds 22 million.
Weiss is a high-profile lecturer and guest speaker on subjects related to
media and the press, and she has been recognized with numerous national
journalism awards, including Peabodys and Murrows. She replaces Peter
Copeland, who, after a long career with Scripps, is transitioning to the role
of consulting editor.
Scripps (www.scripps.com) is a leading media enterprise driven to develop and
expand its digital strategies while embracing its rich history in delivering
quality journalism through television stations, newspapers and the Scripps
Howard News Service. Creative, talented and energetic employees are leading
the way at 19 television stations and in 13 newspaper markets. The Scripps
digital group is growing and gaining momentum with new product offerings,
enhancements, and technology that gives customers more options than ever
before to find the information and entertainment they crave.
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Contact: Tim King, The E.W. Scripps Company, +1-513-977-3732,
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