A veteran newspaper executive with ties to western Pennsylvania has been named publisher of The Tribune-Democrat.
Robert Forcey took over the position on Monday.
He is also publisher of The Times-News of Cumberland, Maryland.
Forcey grew up in Morrisdale, Clearfield County, before graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
“It's good to be back home,” Forcey said. “That's a big part of my desire to come back into this area. I've always loved Pennsylvania.”
Forcey came to Johnstown after most recently working as a regional publisher for Lee Enterprises – based out of Auburn, New York.
Some of his previous community journalism experience includes being a regional director of sales with American Consolidated Media, digital expert with Gatehouse Media and regional director of advertising with Newspaper Network of Central Ohio, a Gannett group.
“At the end of the day, I believe community newspapers are going to be the newspapers that are left when it's all said and done,” Forcey said. “If you look at what community newspapers mean to America, if you really pay attention, you're going to know that we are the source for local news, weather, events, sports, local politics. It's not like we see folks from Pittsburgh, or from New York City, or something like that come here and cover the things that are important to us on a day-to-day basis.
"Newspapers do that. It's their responsibility. And it's their passion to go out and make sure that we inform the public, and let them know and create public debate so that people can talk about what's going on and make decisions based upon what they hear from us.”
Forcey said he plans to learn about the region and develop a long-term vision for the newspaper.
“My biggest plan is just to kind of get back into the community, do some driving around, make sure that I know where things are and where I can put my best effort to help the community out the fastest,” Forcey said. “The position that I'm in, I've defined it – in the past – as being one of the few non-elected political positions in town, because you have a lot of things that you can do to help a community out. But you have to figure out what your own priorities are going to be and what those needs are in a community before you really can answer what's the long-term goal we can help out with.”
Forcey succeeds Robin Quillon, who left as publisher in January.
The Tribune-Democrat and The Times-News are owned by CNHI, a Montgomery, Alabama-based company with print and digital products in more than 130 communities in 22 states.
“We are excited to have Robert Forcey join our teams in Johnstown and Cumberland,” said Sharon Sorg, a group publisher for CNHI. “Robert’s proven leadership experience and community involvement will serve these communities well.”