December 1, 2011
The Press-Enterprise Names Jensen Editor and VP News
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (December 1, 2011) Nels Jensen has been named Editor of The Press-Enterprise and Vice President of News and Content for Enterprise Media. Jensen replaces Maria De Varenne, who is leaving the company to rejoin the Gannett Company as Executive Editor and Vice President of News of The Tennessean in Nashville, Tennessee.
In making the announcement, Ron Redfern, CEO of Enterprise Media and publisher of The Press-Enterprise said, "We are delighted to have an outstanding successor like Nels who is ready to step into this leadership role. He is ideally suited to build a new vision for our news organization and set a course for us to thrive in this new digital media world."
Jensen joined The Press-Enterprise as Sports Editor in 2000, having previously worked at The Dallas Morning News, another A. H. Belo company, which he joined in 1987. He has been actively engaged in key leadership roles in the company's news operation for over 11 years; serving as Assistant Managing Editor and Deputy Managing Editor of the newspaper. For the past six years he has focused on the development of Enterprise Media's digital content strategy, most recently serving as Senior Director of Content and Programming.
Jensen has contributed to several award-winning news efforts at The Press-Enterprise, including wildfire coverage and a weekly high school football live video show which helped The Press-Enterprise garner national praise earlier this year from Editor and Publisher Magazine as one of the "10 Newspapers That Do It Right" for its innovative coverage of high school sports.
"We have a great tradition of public-service journalism to maintain here at the PE, and that commitment won't change," Jensen said. "But a lot has changed in the way people consume information - news has become inherently social. We have to find more ways to connect with and engage people in our market. We want them to value us in the same way that our longtime readers feel the PE is 'their' paper."
Jensen holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. In 2008 he received a Fellowship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in the Sulzberger News Media Executive Leadership Program. Jensen is a Boy Scout leader, is active in his church and was a founding board member of the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame. He resides in Temecula with his wife, Joan, and son and has a daughter in college. "We deeply regret losing Maria," Redfern said. "Our company and our communities have benefited greatly from her strong, steady and tireless leadership of our news organization and its local news coverage, but we congratulate her on this well-earned career opportunity."
De Varenne noted, "The Press-Enterprise is the multi-media leader for news in the region from hyper- local community coverage to major watchdog projects and breaking news our commitment to coverage and quality journalism is unmatched. I have no doubt the news team will continue to uphold its high standards for quality, immediacy, depth and sophistication as the newsroom emphasizes digital even more in the future."
De Varenne served as Editor and VP/News of The Press-Enterprise for the past ten years. She led the company's news organization in making significant contributions to the growth of the company's print and digital audiences, while at the same time building a record of award winning journalism and recognition for The Press-Enterprise's outstanding local news reporting.
About Enterprise Media
Enterprise Media, a Riverside-based subsidiary of A. H. Belo Corporation, is a news media company that provides local news and information in print, online and digital media to consumers and businesses in Inland Southern California. The company publishes The Press-Enterprise, the region's largest local daily newspaper and operates PE.com, the region's largest local online Web site, as well as various other print, online and mobile products including La Prensa, the region's largest weekly Spanish-language newspaper and its Web site La Prensa En Linea, The Weekly, the region's largest local community weekly newspaper and InlandSoCal.com, a regional online portal. Enterprise Media news and information products reach nearly 1.5 million people each month in the Inland Southern California region.
About A. H. Belo Corporation
A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC), headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a distinguished newspaper publishing and local news and information company that owns and operates four daily newspapers and a diverse group of Web sites. A. H. Belo publishes The Dallas Morning News, Texas' leading newspaper and winner of nine Pulitzer Prizes since 1986; The Providence Journal, the oldest continuously-published daily newspaper in the U.S. and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes; The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), serving southern California's Inland Empire region and winner of one Pulitzer Prize; and the Denton Record-Chronicle. The Company publishes various specialty publications targeting niche audiences, and its partnerships and/or investments include the Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium and Classified Ventures, owner of cars.com. A. H. Belo also owns direct mail and commercial printing businesses. Additional information is available at www.ahbelo.com or by contacting David A. Gross, vice president/Investor Relations and Strategic Analysis, at 214-977-4810.