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Baltimore Sun Media Group Executive Profiles

Triffon G. Alatzas

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Trif Alatzas was named Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Baltimore Sun Media Group in March 2016. An award-winning reporter and editor during the past 27 years, Trif has held several roles at The Baltimore Sun since joining the organization in 2002, including Executive Editor/Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Media, Sports Editor and Business Editor. He oversees business operations and the newsrooms for The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Sun Media Group’s web sites and the company’s targeted media division of community newspapers and magazines. He led The Sun’s newsrooms through the company’s successful transition to paid digital subscriptions in 2011. He is credited with bridging the print and online divisions of the newsroom and ensuring The Sun’s journalists have an array of skills to maneuver between digital and print platforms seamlessly. He also developed and drove the editorial strategy in BSMG’s 2014 acquisitions of The Annapolis Capital and The Carroll County Times. In 2014, he formed The Sun's investigative team dedicating five journalists to watchdog reporting and expanded that coverage so journalists throughout The Sun's newsroom participate in that work. Under his leadership, The Sun and its journalists were recognized during the past year with more than 20 national awards for work including investigative journalism, online reporting and design as well as breaking news and explanatory coverage. Baltimoresun.com was named Best Website for four of the past five years from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, including for 2014. The Sun also has been named Newspaper of the Year the past six years by that organization. Trif served as a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2015. He also is chairman of the state press association’s Freedom of Information Act/Public Information Act subcommittee and is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ First Amendment committee.


Amy Powers

Senior Vice President, Advertising

Amy Powers joined the Baltimore Sun Media Group as the vice president of advertising in March of 2015.  She is responsible for revenue initiatives across all BSMG print and digital products. Prior to joining the BSMG, she served as the vice president of advertising for the Daily Press Media Group in Newport News, Va.  Prior to that, Amy spent 10 years at the Chicago Tribune Media Group as the director of local media sales, the events and sponsorships manager, and in a variety of sales and sales management roles.  She joined Tribune Publishing in 2002 after four years in a sales role at CBS Radio in Chicago. Amy earned a bachelor's in marketing and communications and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.


Timothy J. Thomas

Senior Vice President, Business Development 

Tim Thomas, who has been with The Baltimore Sun Media Group since 1999, is responsible for growing company revenue and operating cash flow at Capital-Gazette Communications, the City Paper and in non-traditional channels across our expansive portfolio. Tim previously served as vice president of marketing and communications. Before joining the company, Tim worked for 15 years at Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman in various operations, research, strategic planning and business development positions, eventually leading the company's package sorting systems business. He graduated at the top of his class with a Masters in Business Administration from what is now Loyola University Maryland. Tim also earned an undergraduate degree in mass communications (journalism) from Towson University.


Trish McCarthy Carroll

Senior Vice President, Targeted Media

Trish McCarthy Carroll oversees the daily operations for The Baltimore Sun Media Group’s targeted publications including the Carroll County Times and the military publications SoundOff! and the APG News. She works closely with news, advertising and operations to drive customer engagement, maximize revenue opportunities and build upon the portfolio’s local community endeavors. Trish most recently served as BSMG's senior vice president for customer engagement. Prior to that, she was president of Patuxent Publishing in Howard County and Homestead Publishing in Harford County. Prior to 2008, Trish served as director of operations at The Olympian in Washington State and worked at The Baltimore Sun in a variety of positions in advertising, operations and circulationShe graduated from what is now Loyola University Maryland with a degree in business administration (management).


Christopher J. Manis

Vice President, Finance

Chris Manis was named vice president of finance for the Baltimore Sun Media Group in September 2014. Since joining the company in 2003, Chris has progressed through various roles within the finance department, including Financial Analyst, Financial Reporting Manager, Assistant Controller, and Controller. He oversees all aspects of the local finance organization and serves as a key liaison between local senior management and the centrally managed accounting, reporting, audit, and tax departments. Chris led The Sun through its transition to a privately held business, through its bankruptcy, through various departmental restructurings, and through the recent TPUB spin-off. He also oversaw the financial planning, modeling, diligence, and integration of BSMG's 2014 acquisitions of The Annapolis Capital, The Carroll County Times, and City Paper. Born and raised in Prince George's County, Chris received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park and his CPA license in 2005. Chris began his career as an audit associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Baltimore.


Stephen G. Seidl

Senior Vice President, Operations and Technology

Steve Seidl was named senior vice president of operations at The Baltimore Sun in April 2005. He has responsibility for all prepress, imaging, printing, packaging, transportation, circulation distribution, equipment and facilities maintenance, and commercial printing sales at The Sun. In early 2009 he took on a regional role, adding those same responsibilities for the Allentown Morning Call. Steve began his professional career with Dow Jones & Company in 1983 as assistant production manager for The Wall Street Journal in Chicopee, Mass. He worked in this capacity at several of their production facilities around the country until 1987, when he became production manager for The Times Record in Brunswick, Maine. In 1990, Steve joined Harte-Hanks Shoppers in southern California and over the next eight years served as director in every one of their operations departments. Steve joined The Baltimore Sun in May 1998 as director of packaging, and grew his responsibilities in the positions of director of manufacturing, director of operations, and vice president of operations prior to his current position. During his career, Steve has led key initiatives in pagination, press expansions, new press installations, automating inserting, and robotic palletizing. Steve is a native of the Dayton, Ohio area and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in printing management, and an Associate in Applied Science in printing technology from Rochester Institute of Technology.


Renee Mutchnik

Director of Marketing

Renee joined The Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG) in 2007 as advertising manager for the entertainment, healthcare and education category. In August 2008, she became director of marketing for BSMG and in 2014 was also named director of marketing for The Morning Call Media Group. Her responsibilities include brand marketing of all publications, events, public relations and community outreach. Prior to joining BSMG, Renee was marketing director for a national theatrical promoter where she oversaw the marketing campaigns and public relations for Broadway touring productions, concert and comedy tours and urban theatre across the United States and Canada. Renee, a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, began her career as a media buyer The Miller Group, a Baltimore-based advertising agency, where she planned and placed radio, TV, print and outdoor advertising for its clients.  


Mike Houser

Regional Director, Circulation Operations

Mike Houser is the Regional Director of Circulation Operations for the Baltimore Sun Media Group and the Allentown Morning Call. Mike is responsible for the distribution of 99 distinct publications to home delivery subscribers and retail outlets throughout Maryland and the Lehigh Valley. Mike has led the operations team since 2007. Under his leadership The Sun has become the top performer in Tribune with the lowest cost per copies delivered. In addition, The Sun has consistently led Tribune with the best service metrics. Prior to his current role, Mike spent seven years working as the Sales and Retention Manager in the marketing department. Before joining Tribune, Mike spent eight years working for Gannett at The Reno Gazette-Journal, The Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, The Idaho Statesman and The Iowa City Press-Citizen.


Monica McMellon-Ajayi

Director, Human Resources

Monica's role is to lead the Human Resources function for The Baltimore Sun, The Morning Call, The Hartford Courant, and The Daily Press. She joined Tribune Publishing in April 2014. At the beginning of her first year, the human resources organization went through a transformation to support Tribune's new functionalized structure. Monica led her HR Team to operate within a matrixed and shared services environment through process improvement and nurturing. She also partnered in facilitating the integration and onboarding of employees from the Landmark acquisition. Her human resources career spans over 20 years in various industries -- engineering, health care, and publishing. Before joining Tribune Publishing, Monica was the HR Director for The American Nurses Association's Corporate Headquarters. From 2009-2012, she was the deputy HR leader at McClatchy, The Kansas City Star. Her educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., and a master's degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  


Sam Davis

Managing Editor 

Sam Davis is the Managing Editor for The Sun, directing The Sun’s newsroom as well the newsrooms for the 12 community publications and magazines. Sam began his career at The Sun in 1980 as an Editorial Assistant before being promoted to Sports Reporter, Local Sports Editor, Assistant Sports Editor, Deputy Sports Editor, Executive Sports Editor and Assistant Managing Editor/Sports. He has had various other responsibilities as an Assistant Managing Editor, including news, budget, recruitment and staff development. He is a native of Baltimore and a 1983 graduate of Coppin State University.


Laura Smitherman

Assistant Managing Editor, Metro

Laura Smitherman, assistant managing editor-metro, oversees the metro and business news operations as well as the investigative team. She helps to coordinate daily coverage and focuses on watchdog reporting and investigative enterprise from around the newsroom. She joined The Baltimore Sun in 2005 as a business reporter, then covered the governor and General Assembly as part of the State House team. She became an editor in 2010. She previously worked at Bloomberg News in Washington, covering Congress, and at the El Paso Times in Texas on the legal affairs beat.  


Pete Sweigard 

Assistant Managing Editor, Digital 

Pete Sweigard is Assistant Managing Editor for Digital for The Baltimore Sun, overseeing news, content and audience strategy for all digital products. Since 2014, The Sun has won three Online Journalism Awards including for breaking news coverage of the Freddie Gray case and Baltimore riots, among many other national journalism awards. Sweigard works closely with top managers in advertising, product, marketing/circulation and business development to execute the company's digital monetization strategy, including digital subscriptions. He also oversees digital strategy for Baltimore Sun Media Group's targeted media division, and supervised digital product launches following the 2014 acquisitions of Capital Gazette Communications, the Carroll County Times and Baltimore City Paper. Sweigard began his career at The Sun as a web producer in 2005 and has served as Director of Audience Engagement/Development and Deputy Sports Editor, when he edited The Sun's Baltimore Orioles and Outdoors coverage. He graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Sweigard began his news career at the age of 9 as a paperboy for the Ithaca Journal. 

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