Publisher, Hartford Courant
Newspapers have always fascinated Nancy Meyer.
As a communications major in college, she tested the waters as a reporter. But after writing for the student newspaper, Meyer dove into the advertising side of the business – and never looked back.
Meyer began her career in 1987 with Gannett newspapers in New York before spending nine years at Hearst Newspapers. She first worked as display advertising director at the Times Union in Albany, NY, then as classified print and online sales director at the San Francisco Chronicle and sfgate.com, where she was responsible for the launch of all new classified verticals.
In 2006, Meyer returned to the East Coast to become vice president of advertising at The Courant and courant.com. The move also had a personal upside, bringing her closer to family.
Helping clients realize the potential of digital advertising is a passion of hers. Offering solutions across print, digital and broadcast platforms is another.
“Because we are fully integrated, we are one-stop shopping,” she said. “We listen to our clients, get an understanding of their goals and customize programs that are super creative and deliver ROI. Between broadcasting, digital and the newspaper, we build alliances for clients.”
Meyer majored in education and communications at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa., and at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Ct. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in Interactive Media at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Ct.
Meyer serves on the board of directors of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Connecticut affiliate. She lives with her family in Hartford’s West End.
General Manager, FOX CT & WCCT-TV
Richard J. Graziano is general manager of FOX CT and WCCT-TV. An employee of Tribune since 1999, Graziano came to Hartford in 2005 as vice president and general manager of the two Hartford-market TV stations. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for the newspaper operations, creating an integrated news gathering organization unlike any other in the country.
An innovative thinker and risk taker, Graziano has been the catalyst for change at FOX CT and WCCT-TV. He expanded the footprint of local news programming at FOX CT, growing from one 10 p.m. newscast a day to the station delivering the most local news in the market. He launched FOX CT Morning News in March 2008, adding an 11 p.m. newscast later that year. In 2011 he launched a 4 p.m. newscast and added FOX CT Weekend Morning News. Early in 2013 he launched a weekday 5 p.m. newscast.
In April 2009, Tribune announced that Graziano would oversee all the company’s Hartford media properties and the integration of the TV stations and the newspaper.
Under Graziano’s leadership, a $6 million renovation of the Hartford Courant building was undertaken and the television station moved into a state-of-the-art, full HD studio surrounded by the existing Courant newsroom. The project was completed in six months, on time and under budget. FOX CT began broadcasts from Connecticut’s Newsroom in December 2009. Since then, the news has expanded from 6 hours to 51.5 hours per week.
Through Graziano’s vision, the station has seen unrivaled growth in ratings and revenue, and continues to focus on the development of local content. His commitment to the community is evident in programming for some of Connecticut’s most treasured events, including the Manchester Road Race, the Hartford and New Haven St. Patrick’s Day parades and the Hartford Marathon. He also oversees innovative in-house productions such as Transitions, Daytrips and Destinations Family Fun and Travel Expo, and the Ski Sun & Travel Expo. Under Graziano’s leadership, Connecticut’s Newsroom launched the integrated media Battered Lives series, focusing on domestic violence in Connecticut. He is an honorary board member of Hartford’s Interval House.
Graziano has overseen the re-launch of CTnow.com as FOX CT’s online home, the rebranding of WTXX as WCCT and the live broadcast on FOX CT of political U.S. Senate debates, co-sponsored by The Courant and The University of Connecticut. He also is responsible for the launch of the first fully integrated cross-media sales team.
As former CEO of the Hartford Courant, Graziano was instrumental in bringing back a local Connecticut section, CTNow, to the newspaper and in redesigning the front page after listening to overwhelming customer feedback calling for change. In 2011, Graziano reversed the trend of downsizing news in daily papers by adding 24 pages of national & local news, sports and opinion to The Courant each week. In October 2012, Graziano launched Manchester Extra, a community weekly completely dedicated to local news delivered to every household in Manchester and Bolton.
Graziano recently revived a partnership dating back to 1978 – the University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant public opinion poll that measures the national and state moods on critical issues. Graziano expanded the CT1 Media portfolio further in 2012 by acquiring Hartford Magazine and, a few months later, introduced a sister publication, New Haven Living.
Graziano has received numerous awards from organizations for his dedication to helping children and families in Connecticut, including Camp Courant, Interval House and the Muscular Dystrophy Association – where he was named Humanitarian of the Year.
From June 2008 through March 2010, Graziano was senior vice president of Tribune Broadcasting, overseeing the Hartford, Philadelphia and Washington broadcast properties: WTIC, WTXX (now WCCT), WPHL, and WBDC. Before coming to Hartford, Graziano served as general sales manager at the Tribune-owned and operated WLVI-TV 56 in his hometown of Boston for four years, from 2001 to 2005. While at WLVI, he also served as local sales manager and national sales manager before his promotion to general sales manager.
Graziano was already a part of the FOX family before joining Tribune. He served as national sales manager at FOX 5 in Atlanta and regional sales manager at FOX 25 in Boston – both FOX-owned and operated stations. He started his media career in radio at KISS 108 and JAM’N 94.5 as an account executive.
Born and raised in Boston, Graziano is a “Double Eagle” having attended Boston College, Carroll School of Management and Boston College High School. He resides in Avon, CT with his wife, Jessica, and their children Nick, Emma and Callie.
Mary Lou Stoneburner
VICE PRESIDENT, ADVERTISING
Mary Lou Stoneburner began her career at The Hartford Courant as a local retail account executive. Stoneburner¹s sales success and leadership resulted in her ascending roles in advertising sales management including retail sales manager, classified sales manager, assistant classified director, classified director, and most recently, senior advertising director.
Stoneburner has a provided strategic vision during the course of her career.
She has built integrated sales teams, implemented new products, and managed successful business operations for print, online and multimedia.
As the classified sales manager, Stoneburner launched real estate and automotive online products such as cars.com and apartments.com. She also developed two newspaper special sections, Wednesday¹s On the Road (formerly Wednesday Wheels) and the Friday Real Estate section. As classified director, she added recruitment to the categories she oversaw, continuing to focus on integrated sales strategies to grow print and online revenue.
As digital advertising has gained traction over the past few years, Stoneburner has been there step by step to champion the integrated sale. As the Courant¹s senior advertising director she was responsible for digital retail sales, providing an overarching strategy for all digital platforms, sales teams and product lines.
Stoneburner¹s enthusiasm comes through in her ability to grow market share in the changing world of digital and social media. During her career as an advertising executive she has consistently shown a passion not only for what she does, but for her customers as well.
Stoneburner lives in Rocky Hill with her children, Julianne and Christopher, and her dog, Kooda.
Director of Sales for Broadcasting
Mark Oxton, a Brooklyn, NY native, is a hard-charging sales manager with career stints in New York City and Boston.
He studied communications at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. Oxton’s goal was to be behind a television camera, shooting the action at NFL football games. He took a job as a sales assistant for TeleRep Inc., with the idea of getting his foot in the door.
Oxton worked his way up as a TeleRep account executive, responsible for selling spot time for 12 stations in the top 50 television markets. Still in New York City, he continued his career at New World Sales & Marketing, where he smoothed the company’s affiliation change from CBS to FOX.. In 1996, he moved to Boston to become vice president and sales manager at Fox Television Sales. After four years, he jumped to WLVI-TV as an account executive. He was promoted to local sales manager in 2002, overseeing eight account executives and a staff responsible for more than $28 million in ad revenue.
At CT1 Media, Oxton mentors a 21-person staff, emphasizing the synergy created from the integrated television stations, web sites and newspapers.
The father of four children, he lives with his wife, Kate, and daughters Addison and Avery, in Avon.
Jennifer T. Humes
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Jennifer T. Humes juggles branding campaigns, website launches – and T-ball games.
“I’m a Mom – I know how to multitask!” Humes says.
As director of marketing and communications at CT1 Media, Humes oversees an integrated department of print, digital and broadcast teams. She also directs the company’s public relations efforts.
Humes began her marketing career as an account manager at EMCI in Stamford where she created fully integrated entertainment marketing concepts. From 2000-2001 she focused on trade marketing, consumer promotion and branding as a senior account manager at J. Brown LMC Group, also in Stamford. Among her accomplishments was helping to manage the Nabisco co-marketing initiatives for its entire product line and executing a Kraft/Nabisco/Coca-Cola Super Bowl promotion, J. Brown’s first three cross-brand promotion.
Humes came to the Hartford Courant in 2001 as a marketing account manager, and was promoted to assistant brand manager in 2004. During this time she executed the re-launch and re-positioning of courant.com, and developed marketing programs that established CareerBuilder in the local market. She left the Courant briefly in 2005, serving as an account supervisor at Ryan Partnership in Wilton. At Ryan she delivered strategic solutions for the No. 1 bottled water company in the U.S.
Humes rejoined the Courant as it was being integrated as a multi-platform department for CT1 Media. Promoted to marketing manager in 2011, Humes launched ctshopshere.com, which became the top-performing shopping website for the Tribune company.
Humes is a proud alumnus of UConn, having received her B.S. in Business Administration in 1995. She lives in Simsbury with her husband, Michael Humes, a public relations manager at ESPN, and the couple’s two sons, Carter and Griffin.