Steve Dorsey Named as Vice President Innovation and Planning for Austin American-Statesman


AUSTIN, Texas – May 6, 2013 – Steve Dorsey is the new Vice President Innovation and Planning for Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Austin American-Statesman, Austin’s leading media business, which publishes newspapers and websites and also acts as a regional commercial printer and distribution company.  In this new role, Dorsey will facilitate overall strategy, innovation and portfolio development for the Statesman and serve as a strategic business partner for the leadership and management team. Dorsey joins the Statesman on June 1.

“Steve’s experience and passion for the media industry make him an ideal choice for this new role,” said Susie Ellwood, Publisher. “He brings a unique blend of creativity, strategic thinking and hands-on experience at product development and implementation.  He will be a great fit with the Statesman team.”

Prior to joining the Statesman, Dorsey served as Vice President, Research and Development for the Detroit Media Partnership and spent 11 years at the Detroit Free Press, ultimately as Deputy Managing Editor, Design + Innovation. He led efforts in Detroit to train and instill the use of consumer insights and ethnographic research methodologies to drive strategic direction.

“I’m excited to be joining the Statesman where there is such a strong heritage and legacy of great journalism and a strong portfolio of products on multiple platforms serving customers 24/7. I look forward to leading strategic planning and product development efforts and using my experience at driving culture change and human-centered design principles to make the Statesman even stronger,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey began his career at The Evening Sun (Norwich, NY) and worked at various other newspapers including The Daily Orange (Syracuse University), The Syracuse Newspapers (Syracuse, NY), the York Daily Record (York, PA) and the Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, KY). He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps.  Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 14 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at

 About the Austin American-Statesman:

The Austin American-Statesman is the leading source for news, entertainment, shopping and information as well as advertising solutions in Central Texas. The Statesman family of brands includes seven community newspapers; Austin360, the entertainment publication; ¡ahora sí!, the Spanish-language publication; and REAL magazine. The print publications reach more than 730,000 readers each week. Statesman and Austin 360 digital platforms account for more than 5.5 million visitors who access more than 21 million pages each month. These digital editions are available for smartphone, laptop/PC and tablet. The diverse multimedia company also includes commercial printing, packaging and delivery services. The Austin American-Statesman is part of Cox Media Group. For more information, contact Shannon Cockrell, Director of Marketing, at (512) 445-3525.


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