David Callaway named new editor-in-chief of USA Today

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Larry Kramer, founder of MarketWatch and now president and publisher of USA Today, announced this morning that the new editor-in-chief of USA Today will also come from MarketWatch. David Callaway joins the Gannett publication later this month, according to the press release (below). Callaway has been editor-in-chief of MarketWatch for nine years and was executive editor and managing editor before that. He started with MarketWatch in 1999, the year the company went public. Callaway told his new paper, “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the USA TODAY team, and to rejoin Larry.” Kramer joined USA Today in May.

Press Release

McLean, Va. – USA TODAY, a multi-platform news and information media company, announced today that David Callaway has been named editor-in-chief of USA TODAY. Callaway will assume his new position effective later this month. Callaway is currently the editor-in-chief of MarketWatch, a financial news website owned by Dow Jones. In his new role, Callaway will further the digital transformation of the USA TODAY newsroom. He will oversee the overall content strategy of the news organization with an emphasis on providing high-quality and engaging content across all platforms. The announcement was made today by Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA TODAY.

“David is a distinguished journalist with a deep understanding of digital news and we are thrilled to have him join the USA TODAY team. His expertise in both new and traditional media will be a tremendous asset as we transform our iconic brand into one that delivers unique content in new and creative ways,” said Kramer.  “He has successfully run a newsroom that produced regular television, radio, digital and mobile news products. Here, he will also lead a multi-platform newsroom that will provide our readers with the outstanding content they have come to expect from us.”

Callaway has been the editor-in-chief at MarketWatch, and its predecessor CBS MarketWatch since 2003. Prior to being editor-in-chief, he was executive editor and managing editor, dating back to 1999. Callaway managed the day-to-day coverage for a world-wide news gathering operation with 11 bureaus across the globe. Previously, he was a securities industry reporter at Bloomberg where he led a team of financial reporters throughout Europe covering the banking, investment banking and asset management business. Prior to that, he was a columnist at the Boston Herald where he co-wrote a daily financial column on comings and goings in the Boston business district.

Under his guidance, MarketWatch was named “Best in Business” for large financial websites three times by the Society of American Business Editors & Writers, and won the Editor and Publisher’s EPPY Award for “Best Internet Business Service” three times as well. He personally won two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards for his weekly commentary column, which he wrote for 12 years. Larry Kramer was the founder, Chairman and CEO of MarketWatch from 1997-2005, when it was sold to Dow Jones.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the USA TODAY team, and to rejoin Larry, as we begin a new era in digital journalism at one of the most well known news brands in the country,” said Callaway. “I have always admired USA TODAY’s role as an innovator in media and cannot wait to get started as we re-imagine and reinvigorate the news organization.”

Callaway is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, with both a bachelors and a masters degree in journalism.  Callaway is married to Nanci Tolan Callaway and they have an 18-year-old daughter, Alexandra.

USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Today, through its newspaper, website and mobile platforms, USA TODAY connects readers and engages the national conversation. USA TODAY, the nation’s number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of nearly 1.8 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.6 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 14 million downloads on mobile devices. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

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