Trif Alatzas has been named executive editor of the Baltimore Sun. He succeeds Mary J. Corey, who died of cancer in February.
Alatzas has been head of digital media at the Sun since 2010. Here’s the publisher’s memo:
From: Ryan, Tim
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:16 PM
Subject: Organizational Announcement
It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Trif Alatzas to the position of senior vice president, executive editor. In this role, Trif will lead all of the Baltimore Sun Media Group’s newsgathering operations and report directly to me.
As detailed in the attached press release, Trif is one of our own – Baltimore native, Sun intern, talented journalist, digital media expert. We are fortunate to have Trif take the lead at such an important time for our company.
Please join me in wishing Trif the very best in his new leadership role.
The press release is after the jump.
Sun’s Trif Alatzas to lead newsroom
Baltimore, MD March 20, 2013: Triffon G. Alatzas, The Baltimore Sun’s head of digital media, was promoted today to the newsroom’s top editing post. The award-winning journalist and Baltimore native was named senior vice president, executive editor with responsibility for all Baltimore Sun Media Group news operations. He will lead The Sun’s newsroom as well as the newsgathering operations at the community newspapers and magazines. Alatzas takes over the position formerly held by Mary J. Corey, who passed away in February.
During the past three years, Alatzas, 46, has held the second-highest editing post in the newsroom, overseeing day-to-day operations of The Sun’s online and print publications and directing news gathering for the breaking news, enterprise and investigative journalism teams.
“The Sun’s journalism is thriving, and Trif Alatzas has been a driving force behind our success,” said Timothy E. Ryan, Baltimore Sun Media Group publisher, president and chief executive officer. “He was especially crucial in directing the integration of our print and online news divisions and ensuring that our journalists are skilled in both platforms.”
With Alatzas in the top digital role, The Sun reached record highs in online audience for page views, unique visitors, local visits, social media and mobile traffic. Alatzas also led the newsroom through the company’s successful transition to paid digital subscriptions in 2011. Under his leadership, baltimoresun.com was named the top website during the past two years by the Maryland–Delaware-D.C. Press Association.
Most recently, Alatzas led The Sun’s coverage in print and online of breaking news, the 2012 Maryland primary and general elections, the Ravens’ Super Bowl run, the launch of The Darkroom photo and video blog – the most popular feature in the website’s history – and the news organization’s investigation into the flaws of Baltimore’s speed camera program.
“Growing up in Baltimore, it was always my dream to work for The Sun,” Alatzas said. “Being named editor is truly an honor. It is a privilege to work with such talented journalists and to continue The Sun’s proud tradition of quality journalism.
“We are committed to The Sun’s core mission of providing the kind of urgent and in-depth local news that our readers demand and to ensure that information is available around the clock and offered across our many digital and print publications.”
Alatzas, who was born in Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County, attended Calvert Hall College High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from Loyola University Maryland.
Alatzas began his journalism career in 1987 as a reporting intern at the Evening Sun, a role he held while in college and working part-time at his family’s restaurant, formerly The Bridge diner, just down the street from The Sun building on Calvert Street. At The Bridge, Alatzas got to know several of the journalists at The Sun and Evening Sun.
Alatzas earned his master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. During his 24 years in journalism, he worked at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y. and The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., before joining The Sun as an assistant business editor in 2002. He was promoted to business editor in 2008 and led The Sun’s recession coverage in 2008-2009. The business desk’s work in 2008 was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He was promoted to sports editor in 2009 where he expanded online coverage and led the desk’s sports blogs to new highs in web traffic. In 2010, he was named head of digital media, where he oversaw The Sun’s web and mobile operations, developing new and improved sites and blogs, apps and other features.
Alatzas worked closely with Mary Corey, first in her position as head of print media and after she was promoted to editor in 2010. More recently, he helped to manage day-to-day operations as well as long-term strategic planning, to ensure that the newsroom operated at the high level of quality that they both demanded.
Alatzas lives in Bel Air with his wife and two children.