Newsmakers

Rob Kearly promoted to Corporate Circulation Director for DR Media, LLC

Rob Kearley has been named the Corporate Circulation Director for DR Media, LLC. In his expanded role Rob will oversee the distribution of all of our printed products in Highlands, Polk, Lake, Lee and Sumter Counties.

Rob’s career in the newspaper business began at the Daytona Beach News-Journal in 1980 as a customer service representative and, he worked practically every circulation position at the newspaper until 1993 when he was named circulation director.

Kearley joined Gannett Company Inc. in 1996 and during his tenure was circulation director of the Monroe (LA) News-Star, Shreveport (LA) Times and Fort Myers (FL) News-Press.  In 2003, Kearley was named circulation director of the Fayetteville (NC) Observer.

In 2012, he was hired by Sun Coast Media and named circulation director of the Venice (FL) Gondolier Sun. In 2017, Kearley transferred to the Highlands News-Sun and has served in that position ever since.

Tim Smolarick, Vice President and Regional Publisher said, “Rob Kearley has been an extraordinary Circulation mind for many years and we are looking forward to his expertise dispersing across the entity”.

“Working in the newspaper field is exciting and dynamic with every day being a new adventure”, said Kearley.   “I look forward to being involved with all of D-R Media and Investments, LLC newspapers and the people who work tirelessly to deliver our products. Doing my part to have the high-quality journalism brought to the hands of our valued readers in all of the communities we serve continues to be the fuel that drives me.”