Larry Riley Named Publisher of Appeal-Democrat and Tri-County Newspapers

OCBC bids farewell and best wishes to OCBC Board Member and Co-Chair of Communications, Larry Riley, vice president of circulation for Freedom Communications’ flagship Orange County Register and publisher of the Register’s weekly Spanish language newspaper Excelsior, who has been named publisher of the Freedom-owned Appeal-Democrat and Tri-County Newspapers.

A 28-year newspaper veteran, Riley began his career at the Union-Tribune in his native San Diego and later held circulation management positions at the Los Angeles Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida and the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota) before coming to the Register as vice president of circulation in 2004. He added publishing responsibilities for Excelsior in 2009 and also oversees the Newspapers in Education program.

“Throughout his work at the Register and his career in general, Larry has proved himself to be a great organizer and problem solver,” said Mark McEachen, Freedom executive vice president and chief operating officer. “As an executive he knows how to keep his eye on the big picture while still being hands-on. He’ll be a great addition to our publisher ranks.”

“I’m really excited to take on this new challenge,” said Riley. “The Appeal-Democrat, Tri-County Newspapers  and its team of associates have shown a commitment to striving for the best in local journalism and customer solutions, and I’m committed to leading them to the next level in service to these vibrant, growing communities.”

Riley replaces Dave Schmall, publisher since 2008, who resigned to explore new opportunities. “We want to thank Dave for his service and hard work and wish him nothing but the best in his new endeavors,” said McEachen.

A graduate of San Diego State University, Riley is married and has a 19-year-old son. He is active professionally in the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Newspaper Association of America, among others, and his community interests include United Way, the American Cancer Society and various Chambers of Commerce. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

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