Stu Courtney, who has led sports coverage for Chicago’s two largest news organizations, is the new editor of Packers coverage for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Gannett Wisconsin Media.
Courtney was chosen after an extensive search that included interviews with candidates from across the nation.
“Stu is the perfect person to take our Packers coverage to a new level,” Press-Gazette Editor Robert Zizzo said. “His combination of talent, experience on the digital side of our business and understanding of the impact the Green Bay Packers organization has in our community and the state is unmatched.”
Courtney is an Indiana native who graduated from Indiana University with a journalism degree.
He joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1987 and was named sports editor in 2002, overseeing daily operation of a sports department with a circulation of more than 275,000.
In 2009, Courtney moved to the Chicago Tribune to help start up chicagobreakingsports.com. He eventually became digital sports editor of the Tribune’s sports website, which had monthly unique visitors in excess of 2 million.
Last season, Courtney spearheaded the Tribune’s coverage of the Chicago Bears.
“What could be better than joining an outstanding team of reporters, editors, photographers and videographers covering one of the most iconic franchises in professional sports?” Courtney said.
Courtney will oversee Press-Gazette Media’s award-winning Packers coverage team with the mission of making it more accessible to Gannett Wisconsin Media’s nine other daily news organizations in northeastern and central Wisconsin, Gannett Wisconsin Media is the state’s largest news organization.
Scarborough Research announced earlier this year that Gannett Wisconsin Media news organizations in Northeastern Wisconsin, including Press-Gazette Media, have the highest readership rate in the nation. For the second straight year, Scarborough, a top national media and consumer research firm, reported that Gannett Wisconsin Media’s print and digital outlets reached 60.8 percent of the adult audience in the market each week from October 2013 through September 2014, the highest percentage in the nation.
“We are going to continue to provide our readers with the most incisive, in-depth coverage of every aspect of the Packers operation,” Courtney said, “and explore new ways of making our newspapers and websites the go-to destination for the team’s legion of fans.”