Trib Total Media exec Martin to be honored with award
Ralph Martin, chief executive of Trib Total Media Inc., will receive the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his record of excellence and service to newspapers and journalism.
The award, established in 1998, will be presented at the PNA Annual Convention on Nov. 7 in Bethlehem.
“I was very much surprised; I didn't know it was coming,” said Martin, who joined the company in 2003 as general manager of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review after 20 years of experience as a newspaper executive in a career that spanned 37 years. He was named president and CEO of Trib Total Media in 2005.
“Ralph has done an impressive job with the Tribune-Review, just as he has with the PNA and throughout his long career,” said the newspaper's publisher, Dick Scaife. “We are so fortunate to have him operating in our organization.”
During Martin's tenure, Trib Total Media has grown into a regional news and information operation serving southwest Pennsylvania with daily and weekly newspapers, Pennysaver weekly shoppers, specialty magazines and numerous websites. Other daily papers are the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, McKeesport Daily News, Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum, Leader Times in Kittanning, Daily Courier in Connellsville and The Valley Independent in Monessen.
Martin said his top accomplishment is helping to create the Trib Total Media brand, which “has had a real impact in the region, not only in news gathering but in contributions to our communities. You are only as good as the people you work with, so the award is a tribute to Trib Total Media and the people here. I didn't do it by myself.”
The average weekday circulation of the Tribune-Review surpassed 200,000 for the first time for the six months ended March 31, enlarging its lead as the largest in Western Pennsylvania on weekdays, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. The Trib's average circulation on Sundays increased 7 percent to 215,581 from a year earlier.
Martin began his newspaper career in 1976 with Thomson Newspapers where he became president and chief operation officer in 1992. In 1997, he founded Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., becoming the company's president and chief executive officer.
Martin holds several leadership positions in the Pittsburgh area. He is on the board of directors for Imani Christian Academy and the board of the Brother's Brother Foundation. He also serves as a trustee of Robert Morris University.
Martin has six children. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Sewickley.
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