DES MOINES (August 21, 2013) – NPPA board member Rick Green was today named publisher and president of the Des Moines Register.
Green has been the newspaper’s editor and vice president, but this is his first publisher title.
The paper’s former publisher, Laura Hollingsworth, made the announcement this morning in the Register’s newsroom.
“He is the right guy at the right time,” Hollingsworth said. “He has earned this role,” she was quoted saying on the Register’s Web site.
Green was appointed to NPPA’s board of directors in May.
As publisher, Green will oversee all aspects of the newspaper’s operations, including advertising and circulation.
“I promise now as your publisher to always do the right thing for our readers,” Green told employees this morning.
When Green joined NPPA’s board, he told News Photographer magazine, “I'm a firm believer that right now we're in the golden age of storytelling. The rules of photojournalism have changed so dramatically for storytellers, and I'm honored to be a part of this organization working to promote and protect the excellence of photographers everywhere. Never before have we been able to touch so many people in so many different ways, and all of these new opportunities are going to require brand-new skills for photojournalists."
Green was named the Register's editor in January 2011. At that time he was the executive editor of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, CA, where he joined the paper in 2004 as managing editor. After a journalism degree at Ohio University in Athens, OH, in 1987, he joined Gannett as a government and political reporter at the Chillicothe (OH) Gazette. He was a reporter and editor for The Cincinnati Enquirer from 1988 through 2004, including being a local news editor, suburban editor, business editor, and assistant managing editor for business and metro news. In 2004 he was promoted from the Enquirer to be the managing editor for The Desert Sun.
His 30-year career in journalism started as a high school sophomore, Green says, where he was a correspondent, sports clerk, sportswriter, photographer, reporter and columnist for his hometown paper, the Coshocton (OH) Tribune, before he left for college.
In 2009, he was named Gannett's top editor in the company's 82-newspaper chain. And twice Green has been named Newsroom Supervisor of the Year, along with two President's Ring honors.