New regional publisher for LCNews; Spec's Dana Robbins joins the team
London Community News
By Daniel Nolan
Dana Robbins, publisher of The Hamilton Spectator, is leaving the post to take on a new executive publishing role.
Robbins, 52, who has spent the bulk of his career at The Spectator, will become the vice-president/regional publisher of Metroland’s Peel and Southwestern Ontario region. This includes such papers as London Community News, Mississauga News, Brampton Guardian, Orangeville Banner, Fergus Elora News Express and Wingham Advance Times.
Metroland Media Group is a division of Torstar Corp., which owns The Hamilton Spectator and the Toronto Star and other daily and weekly newspapers in Ontario, as well as Harlequin, publisher of books for women.
Robbins assumes his new duties Jan. 3. He replaces Ken Nugent, who retires at the end of this year.
Neil Oliver, Metroland West Media Group vice-president and group publisher, will assume the role of publisher for The Hamilton Spectator until a replacement has been found.
Robbins, a native of Red Lake in northern Ontario, has been publisher of The Spectator and thespec.com since June 2008.
“It’s been the high point of my career. I doubt anything will surpass the pride I have in being the publisher of The Hamilton Spectator,” said Robbins. “It’s difficult for me to overstate the importance that I place on the role that The Spectator plays in Hamilton.”
Robbins is a graduate of the journalism program at Ryerson. Before he became publisher of The Spectator, he served from 2006-2008 as publisher of Grand River Media, which publishes the Waterloo Region Record and The Guelph Mercury.
From 2000-2006, he served as editor-in-chief of The Spectator. Robbins is chair of the board of directors for the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton and had served on the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction. He serves on the board of the Canadian Newspaper Association and has won numerous awards.
“Dana will certainly be missed at The Spectator, but this in an incredible opportunity for Dana to continue to contribute to Metroland’s success,” said Neil Oliver in a statement to employees.
Robbins is married with three children.
- Hamilton Spectator