Todd Sears is the new president and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, becoming just the seventh person to serve in that role during the newspaper’s 153-year history.
The announcement was made Oct. 24 by Julie Bechtel, executive vice president of BH Media Group, the parent company of the World-Herald.
This marks a return to BH Media Group for Sears, 49. He served as vice president of advertising and revenue development at the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2014 to 2016, and before that, director of advertising at The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey. Both newspapers are owned by BH Media Group.
Before taking the World-Herald position, Sears had been president and publisher of two GateHouse Media dailies in Illinois, The State Journal-Register in Springfield, and the Lincoln Courier.
“Throughout his career, Todd has helped generate the revenue needed to provide outstanding journalism in local communities,” Bechtel said. “He works extremely hard and is focused on results. I know our team will enjoy working with Todd to meet our goals.”
Sears began his newspaper career as an account executive at the Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal-Star. He went on to become an advertising manager in newspapers in Lincoln; Beatrice, Nebraska; and Racine, Wisconsin.
In 2006, Todd moved to Capital Newspapers in Madison, Wisconsin, to become advertising director. Five years later, he was named general manager in Madison.
“I’m so excited to join an amazing team that has deep roots in the Omaha community,” Sears said. “Together we’ll build on the World-Herald’s incredible history and find new ways to inform, engage, inspire and connect with our customers.”
Sears replaces Terry Kroeger, who stepped down in June as chairman and CEO of BH Media while also serving as publisher of the World-Herald. In June, BH Media parent Berkshire Hathaway contracted with Lee Enterprises in June to manage its newspapers and digital operations. BH Media continues to own the newspapers and digital properties.
With headquarters in Omaha, BH Media owns and operates 31 daily newspapers and websites as well as a number of associated weekly publications in 10 states.