Times publisher to assume regional publisher duties

Marquardt (By Joshua McKerrow - The Capital, Carroll County Times)

Carroll County Times publisher Pat Richardson will assume regional publisher duties over both the Times and our sister paper, the Capital-Gazette in Annapolis beginning in January.

Tom Marquardt, editor and publisher of Capital Gazette Communications, has announced plans to retire at the end of 2012 after more than 35 years at the Annapolis newspaper.

"I am honored to assume the role of publisher for Capital Gazette Communications," Richardson said. "Tom's legacy is his leadership of The Capital over 35 years, building a newspaper rich in history as the respected, trusted and authoritative voice of the community."

Both papers are owned by Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC.

Richardson has been publisher of the Carroll County Times since May 2007. She is president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, and a board member of the Carroll Community College Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland Carroll County Partnership Board. She also has served as president of the Carroll County Public Schools Education Foundation and president of The Arc Carroll County.

In an email sent to employees Friday, Richardson said, "During my five years at the Times I have played an active role in Carroll County representing the newspaper, and that will not change with my expanded role. I plan to continue my participation on several non-profit organization boards in Carroll County as well as to actively represent the Capital in the Annapolis community."

Having a regional publisher that oversees more than one newspaper has become more common in the industry in recent years, Richardson said. The role will give her the ability to discover opportunities for collaboration, such as with training, sharing resources or in developing digital opportunities.

"I definitely think it will be a win-win for both operations," Richardson said.

Richardson served in various sales management roles at The Virginian-Pilot, Landmark's flagship newspaper in Norfolk, Va., from 1989 through 2003. At The Virginian-Pilot, she led two different advertising offices in Virginia - one in Portsmouth and the other in Chesapeake.

While being publisher of two newspapers will be new for her, that experience in Virginia gave Richardson familiarity with working in two markets as different as those of Carroll County and Annapolis.

"What really makes this manageable is the fact that there are strong management teams in both markets," she said.

Prior to joining the Times, Richardson was advertising director for Landmark Community Newspapers, LLC for three years and was responsible for the advertising performance of more than 50 newspapers. She also was a regional manager for six Landmark publications.

Richardson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maine and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Louisville.

Marquardt first joined the Evening Capital as managing editor in 1977 and was promoted to executive editor in 2001. He has been editor and publisher of Capital Gazette Communications since 2008.

"I came to Annapolis at age 29 when the newspaper was black and white and internet wasn't even a word," Marquardt said. "Times may have changed us, but they haven't changed readers who have remained steadfast in understanding the value of a community newspaper. I am forever grateful for their support and their stubborn resolve to make us better. I may be moving on, but not from this community or from my fierce support for newspapers."

Marquardt has received numerous awards during his time in Annapolis, including being named the Daily Record's Most Influential Person in Maryland. He also has received the Society of Professional Journalists National First Amendment Award, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Distinguished Service Award, Leadership Anne Arundel Distinguished Graduate Award, Black Chamber of Commerce President's Award, and several writing awards.

Marquardt has served in various leadership positions, including as a board member and past president of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts; director and past president, Leadership Anne Arundel; secretary, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association; and board of directors, Anne Arundel County Library Foundation.

Marquardt received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. He worked as a reporter and editor at the Big Rapids (MI) Pioneer and as city editor and managing editor of the Ypsilanti (MI) Press before moving to Annapolis.

Richardson plans to move to Annapolis and become immersed in the community, much like she did five years ago when she moved to Carroll County, so she can be effective for both operations, she said. She plans to split her time at each newspaper.

"One of the things I'm most excited about is I'm not leaving the Carroll County Times," she said.

At both locations, Richardson will be dedicated to serving the information needs of readers, developing new platforms to engage audiences and continuously improving each newspaper in order to deliver results for advertisers, she said.

Landmark Community Newspapers, LLC publishes 54 paid newspapers in 13 states. LCNI also publishes 41 free newspapers and shoppers, 29 special-interest publications, and operates 16 web offset commercial printing plants. Landmark Sports Group operates seven nationally circulated collegiate sports publications.

Landmark Community Newspapers is a division of Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC, a privately held media company based in Norfolk, Va., with coast-to-coast interests in newspapers, specialty publications and TV broadcasting.