In a release, Gannett chairman Craig Dubow says, “Dave is a highly talented, multi-faceted leader, who drives excellence throughout his organization while making the tough business decisions. At the same time, he has the courage to be innovative and take chances. He is just the right person for USA TODAY at this juncture.” Hunke was the CEO of the Detroit Media Partnership and publisher of the Detroit Free Press.
Today Hunke also announced his replacement for the paper’s editor– John Hillkirk, who is currently the paper’s executive editor.
This announcement fills a position vacant for months at USA Today. Hillkirk replaces Ken Paulson who left in February.