William Dean Singleton (born August 1, 1951) is an American newspaper
executive. He is the founder and executive board chairman of MediaNews
Group, the fourth-largest newspaper company in the
United States in
terms of circulation, with 53 daily papers totaling 2.7 million
subscriptions daily and 3 million on Sunday. He is also a former
chairman of the board of directors of the Associated Press.
Additionally, he has been publisher of a number of MediaNews' dailies,
including the Denver Post, the
Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune and the
He is a cattle rancher, owning several ranches.
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Singleton was born in Graham, Texas. He began his newspaper career
at the age of 15 as a part-time reporter in Graham and bought his
first newspaper at age 21.
Singleton has built his newspaper company through the acquisition of
newspapers. He closed several of those newspapers, such as the Fort
Worth Press and the Houston Post. He also bought the
Denver Post and
Oakland Tribune where he laid off staff, he said, to increase
efficiency. In the latest round of cuts, the daily Oakland Tribune
will become a weekly.
Singleton was a pioneer in "clustering"—developing groups of
newspapers that centralized a variety of functions, including
production, ad sales, business operations and, in some cases,
editorial. An example of this was the
Alameda Newspaper Group in
suburban San Francisco, where in the mid-1990s, a central newsroom in
Pleasanton, California, did all the copy editing, layout and page
makeup for five daily papers. Upon acquiring the diverse group of
papers, Singleton consolidated several news sections (such as sports
and features) to one local office away in order to streamline work.
He was also a pioneer at developing pooled-asset partnerships. Among
the first were papers in California, which included papers from
Gannett Co. Inc.,
Stephens Media Group and MediaNews. Singleton's
Los Angeles Daily News and the ANG operation, as
well as other papers, while Stephens contributed papers such as the
Vallejo Times Herald and the
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario.
A year after forming the partnership, the duo allowed Gannett to
enter, with its contributions including the
San Bernardino Sun
San Bernardino Sun and the
Marin Independent Journal. The partnership is known as the "California
Newspapers Partnership". MediaNews has entered into similar
partnerships in Texas and Pennsylvania with Gannett and in Colorado
with The E.W. Scripps Company.
In the late 1990s, Singleton began focusing less on consolidating news
rooms and put more focus on the quality of news rooms. He lured
Gregory Moore, the former assistant managing editor of the Boston
Globe, to the
Denver Post and together the two worked to improve the
Singleton's empire began rapid growth in the early part of the 21st
century, when he acquired in rapid succession daily newspapers in Salt
Lake City, Detroit, St. Paul, Minnesota, and San Jose, California.
Singleton served on the board of the Newspaper Association of America
from 1993 until 2004 and is the former board chairman. He is on
several boards in Colorado, including The Helen G. Bonfils Foundation,
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Winter Park
Recreational Association Board, and the Rocky Mountain Multiple
Sclerosis Center, the National Sports Center for the Disabled. In
addition, he is a former member of the board of trustees for
University of Denver.
He is married to the former Adrienne Casale of Fairfield, New Jersey.
They have three children, William, Paige, and Adam.
MediaNews developments, 2010
In January 2010, Affiliated Media, parent of MediaNews, filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The MediaNews creditors then
removed Media News president Joseph Lodovic and its chairman, William
Dean Singleton, was reassigned to the position of “executive
chairman of the board." The Singleton-Lodovic appointees to the
MediaNews board were replaced by new directors representing the
stockholders group led by Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund firm
which has acquired a large, though not controlling, stake. Several
interim executive positions were also filled by people related to
Alden or its parent, Smith Management LLC.
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^ McCarty, Dawn; Bensinger, Greg (2010-01-22). "Affiliated Media Files
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