The Naples Daily News has a new publisher — and it’s a familiar and friendly face.
Dave Neill, the paper’s acting publisher, was named president and publisher of the Naples Daily News as well as a regional publisher for the E.W. Scripps newspaper division in Southwest Florida.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Mark G. Contreras, E.W. Scripps senior vice president of newspapers.
“It’s actually the best news we could get,” said Richard Borel, Naples Daily News’s advertising manager for real estate and financial, adding that he felt the company was fortunate to have Neill take the position. “When you look at the Naples Daily News/Naples News Media Group, we are kind of a unique market. And it really takes someone who has worked it, known it, loved it, and lives here … he does.”
The response from his coworkers at the Naples News Daily News has been tremendous, Neill said.
“I’m actually humbled,” he said a few hours after the announcement. “I hope to energetically move the business forward.”
During his more than 30-year career, Neill worked his way up through different areas of the newspaper business — including editorial, advertising, marketing and production. In 2006, Neill joined Scripps as general manager of Bonita Springs and was later promoted to vice president/general manager of the Naples Daily News in 2007.
In this role, Neill managed the advertising, circulation and marketing departments.
“He oversaw the restructuring of each of these departments to drive additional revenue and to improve efficiency,” Contreras wrote in a company memorandum.
In addition, Neill also assisted in the management and installation of the Naples Daily News Media Group’s new office and production facility completed in 2009, the largest project undertaken within Scripps during 2009.
“We’re thrilled with the announcement. In addition to gaining a publisher with rich and varied experience and background in the business, he’s just a great guy, too,” said Naples Daily News managing editor Eric Strachan. “He’ll be an excellent representative for the Daily News, in the community and regionally.”
Neill said he and his family — including wife Gina, and children Madison, 13, and Brendan, 8 — are excited to keep their roots here in Southwest Florida.
“We’ve moved a lot,” Neill said. “We’re happy to finally settle in such a beautiful place like Naples.”
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