Union-Bulletin announces new publisher
Brian Hunt, 53, a veteran of trade and community newspapers, has been named publisher of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin effective May 1.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Brian Hunt, 53, has been named publisher of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin effective May 1.
The longtime newspaperman’s hiring was announced Tuesday by Sharon Prill, Seattle Times Affiliate News Group publisher and president. Hunt will succeed Rob Blethen, now general manager of the Yakima Herald-Republic after serving as U-B publisher since 2008.
“Coming to the U-B marks a welcome return to community newspapers for Hunt,” Prill said in a prepared statement, adding that he began his media career as a reporter and editor for a small newspaper in Delaware.
She said Hunt brings a diverse publishing background reflecting experience in community newspapers as well as niche- and trade-publications management. Most recently, he was the group publisher for the Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland, and the Idaho Business Review in Boise, two business newspapers that are part of the Dolan Company.
Previously he spent 3½ years as publisher at The Recorder, a law-focused newspaper based in San Francisco.
While Hunt’s most recent experiences have centered on business-niche publications, he’s spent an equally long time working his way through small newspapers on the Atlantic Coast as a reporter, editor, marketing manager, ad director, GM, then eventually publisher at several Delaware- and Maryland-based small-market newspapers for Thomson Newspapers and Atlantic Publications.
Hunt graduated with a bachelor of arts in journalism and media studies from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.