A news industry veteran with widespread experience in print and new media has been hired to lead advertising and digital sales efforts at The Times Media Co.
John Tucker, 47, is already on the job as The Times Vice President of Sales, where he wants to continue the media company's tradition of quality products and customer service.
"The thing that appealed to me about The Times was the quality of the editorial product," Tucker said. "Quality is what you are selling at the end of the day."
Tucker was most recently a senior group publisher for GateHouse Media, overseeing its news organizations in Arkansas and northern Louisiana. Prior to that he managed the company's southern Missouri properties in the Lakes of the Ozarks area, a highly competitive tourism market.
Times publisher Chris White said he counts on Tucker to draw on his proven creativity and resourcefulness to do great things with The Times digital and advertising departments.
"I'm excited to have John on board," White said. "We have known each other for most of our careers and I've always had the highest respect for him."
Before being named publisher of The Times in July, White also worked for GateHouse, where he most recently served as publisher of GateHouse Ohio Media and The Repository newspaper in Canton, Ohio.
In 2003, Tucker was named as one of Presstime’s 20 Under 40 class of outstanding achievers. Presstime is the monthly magazine of the Newspaper Association of America.
Tucker plans to move to Munster with his wife, Robin, and two children, Caitlyn and Seth.
In his previous media jobs, Tucker has implemented community-based events and celebrations. Those include the Lake of the Ozark’s Top Ten Women, now in its fifth year. He has held leadership roles in numerous community and business organizations.
Tucker also has experience in Indiana, having served as group publisher of the Jeffersonville Evening News and New Albany Tribune in the southern tier of the state.
His job at The Times will be to deliver the best potential customers to advertisers, Tucker said. The quality staff already in place along with its outstanding local news coverage will drive that effort, he said.
"I enjoy what newspapers do," Tucker said. "They impact the community so much. All of it: the news, the advertising. All of that works together to make a positive contribution to the community we serve."