Changes announced in QNI newspaper, interactive divisions

From left, Mike Hilfrink, Ron Wallace, Mary Winters
Posted: Sep. 28, 2013 8:42 pm Updated: Oct. 19, 2013 8:46 pm


Quincy Newspapers Inc. is again expanding support of its rapidly growing Interactive Division, and announcing a new head of its Newspaper Division and the retirement of the Quincy Herald-Whig's longtime general manager.

Mike Hilfrink will retire at the end of the year from his position as general manager of The Herald-Whig. Hilfrink is the third generation of his family to work for the newspaper. His retirement marks his family's 100 years of working with the company.

"I am extraordinarily fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend much of my career working for a great company in a wonderful community," Hilfrink said. "It has been an honor to be associated with The Herald-Whig and to have helped further its deep commitment to serving the residents of Quincy and the region."

Hilfrink first worked for The Herald-Whig in 1968. He worked at the Daily Dispatch in Moline, returning to The Herald-Whig in 1984 as managing editor. He has been general manager since 2009.

"Mike has been a key player in keeping The Herald-Whig connected to the community. We salute him for his contributions and wish him well in retirement," said Ralph M. Oakley, president and CEO of QNI.

Ron Wallace, a 36-year newspaper veteran, will become vice president of newspapers for QNI, as well as general manager of The Herald-Whig. In addition to The Herald-Whig, the company publishes the New Jersey Herald in Newton, N.J.

Wallace comes to the company after 10 years as publisher of the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal and the Daily Commercial in Leesburg, Fla. He has been active in many community organizations, including service as president of the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce.

"Ron's experience in newspapers and community involvement makes him an excellent choice to oversee our newspaper group and run The Herald-Whig," Oakley said.

A native of Texas, Wallace attended Texas A&M University. His wife, Pat, is a native of the St. Louis area. They have one grown son.

"Pat and I are extremely excited about moving to Quincy," Wallace said. "With most of our family living in the St. Louis area, we feel like we are moving back home. The Herald-Whig has an unbelievable history and tremendous commitment to serving the communities serviced by our newspaper. I look forward to continuing in that rich heritage, providing a daily newspaper that serves the needs of our readers."

"Getting Ron on board frees us to make another critical move," Oakley said. "Our Interactive Division, which oversees the web, mobile, and social sites for all 12 of our television stations, our radio stations and newspapers, is skyrocketing in the impact it's having on our company and our future. Those sites touch the lives of literally millions of people every month."

Mary Oakley Winters, who has overseen both the Newspaper and Interactive divisions of the company, will focus her efforts solely on interactive.

"Under Mary's leadership, the Interactive Division has been built from scratch and now represents a significant portion of our business," Oakley said.