Todd Sears is named publisher of the Omaha World-Herald
Todd Sears has returned home to Nebraska as the new president and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald.
He becomes just the seventh publisher in The World-Herald's history, dating to 1889.
Sears, who grew up in Crete, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and started his career in Lincoln, said he's thrilled to lead a newspaper that's been a part of his life since he was a child. He called it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"I know what good work goes on here – and I know it doesn't just happen," he said. "I knew that when I was younger, and I know it now. So to be part of it, it's just a very special feeling."
Sears, 49, has most recently served as president and publisher at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill. Previously, he worked at two East Coast newspapers within BH Media Group, the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary that also owns The World-Herald.
He had served as vice president of advertising and revenue development at the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch and as director of advertising at The Press of Atlantic City.
In that capacity, he worked under the leadership of Terry Kroeger, who stepped down in June as chairman and chief executive officer of BH Media. Kroeger also served as World-Herald publisher.