Robyn Tomlin

Chief News Officer, McClatchy, USA

Robyn Tomlin is a veteran journalist, media executive and leader in local news transformation efforts.Tomlin is currently Chief News Officer at McClatchy where she supports local newsroom leaders across the U.S. in their quest to build sustainable digitally-focused local news operations. Prior to taking on that role, Tomlin was the president and editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and southeast regional editor for McClatchy. Tomlin also served as the VP/Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News and VP of communications/chief digital officer at the Pew Research Center, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. She was the founding editor of Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome in New York City. Prior to that, she spent a decade with the New York Times Regional Media Group, serving as the company’s director of editorial innovation and as the top editor of three dailies: the StarNews in Wilmington, N.C., the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner and the TimesDaily in Florence, Alabama. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Tomlin started her career as a reporter in suburban Pittsburgh and later in Asheville, N.C. A four-time Pulitzer Prize jurist, she currently sits on the boards of directors for the News Leaders Association, the National Press Foundation, the UNC Hussman School of Media and Journalism’s Board of Advisors and the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. She is also a faculty member/executive coach in the Poynter Institute’s Media Transformation Challenge (MTC) program.