Gary Miles named editor, publisher of The Detroit News

Nora Naughton
The Detroit News
Newly appointed Detroit News Editor and Publisher Gary Miles addresses the newspaper staff.

Detroit — Gary Miles, a Michigan native and 19-year veteran of The Detroit News, is the paper's new editor and publisher.

Miles, 55, replaces late publisher Jonathan Wolman, who died April 15 of complications from pancreatic cancer. Miles will report to Michael Koren, chief financial officer of MNG Enterprises and MediaNews Group, which owns The News.

In a Friday address to staff, Miles said he is committed to preserving the “fairness, honesty and depth of reporting” that has always defined The News.

"It’s the commitment to the values written on our old building and in old stylebooks that have (helped) us be around for 150 years," Miles said.

On the parapet of the former Detroit News building are inscriptions that encapsulate traditional journalism values, such as "Dispeller of ignorance and prejudice ... A light shining into dark places." The News moved out of the building in 2014 and into leased space a few blocks away.

Other editorial management changes will be determined later, he said. Miles also says he plans to retain The News' right-of-center editorial page tone.

For years, "The Detroit News has had a libertarian or conservative bent on its editorial page, and it's not my plan to ... come in and change that," Miles said. 

Miles, who joined The News in 2000 as assistant metro editor, has been serving as the Detroit paper’s managing editor since November 2013. Miles has held various management positions in his 19-year career with The News, overseeing local news, digital operations, projects and sports.

In terms of coverage plans, Miles said in an interview he wants to “continue to focus on in-depth, and investigative and exclusive stories that make The Detroit News something that you can’t get anywhere else.”

Prior to The News, Miles was managing editor of the Port Huron Times Herald. He also held management and reporting positions at WILX-TV, the Lansing State Journal and the Daily Journal in Vineland, New Jersey.

Miles earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University in 1987. He is also a licensed private pilot. His wife, Dorothy, is an area physician. They live with their four children in Grosse Ile.

The management change for The News comes nearly a month after Wolman's death.

"I am truly excited to have Gary in this new role, and I’m glad we (had) such a strong bench to step in for Jon, who, of course, leaves big shoes to fill," Koren said. But Miles "is aptly qualified and ready for this next step."

Twitter: @NoraNaughton