Nebraska native returns to state to serve as World-Herald publisher

October 25, 2018

Todd Sears was named president and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday, becoming the seventh person to serve in that role in the newspaper’s history.

The announcement was made by Julie Bechtel, executive vice president of BH Media Group, the parent company of The World-Herald.

This marks a return to BH Media Group for Sears, 49. He served as vice president of advertising and revenue development at the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2014 to 2016. Before that, he was director of advertising at the Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey. Both publications are part of BH Media Group.

Most recently, Sears has been president and publisher of the State Journal-Register and Lincoln Courier in Illinois, both of which are owned by GateHouse Media.

“Throughout his career, Todd has helped generate the revenue needed to provide outstanding journalism in local communities,” Bechtel said. “He works extremely hard and is focused on results. I know our team will enjoy working with Todd to meet our goals.”

Sears grew up in Crete, Nebraska. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he started his career as an account executive at the Lincoln Journal Star. He went on to become an advertising manager in Lincoln, Beatrice and Racine, Wisconsin.

In 2006, Sears moved to Capital Newspapers in Madison, Wisconsin, to become advertising director. Five years later, he was named general manager in Madison.

“I’m so excited to join an amazing team that has deep roots in the Omaha community,” Sears said. “Together, we’ll build on The World-Herald’s incredible history and find new ways to inform, engage, inspire and connect with our customers.”