Mitch Gelman was named vice president/product for Gannett Digital in August 2011. He is responsible for overall product management of Gannett's portfolio of websites and mobile products, including USATODAY.com and Gannett's local newspaper and broadcast sites.
Prior to coming to Gannett, Gelman was a vice president at Examiner.com and chief operating officer at THX, Ltd. From 2001 to 2008, he managed operations at CNN.com as senior vice president and executive producer, extending the CNN brand to multiple digital platforms and achieving double-digit revenue and traffic growth for eight consecutive years. Gelman was part of the team that led the relaunch of CNN.com in 2007 with the early vestiges of live video, social media, and search optimization features that made CNN.com the number one news and information site online and garnered numerous awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow award and recognition by the Knight Foundation for excellence in news innovation. From 1998 to 2000, Gelman was executive editor of SI.com, the No. 3 sports site in the U.S.
In addition, Gelman worked as projects editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (1997-1998), editor-in-chief of ESPN.com (1995-1997) and as a reporter at New York Newsday (1986-1995) when it won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage of a fatal subway crash. He also worked as a stringer for Time magazine and authored six children’s books for the interactive “Play-It-Your-Way” sports series.
Gelman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Rotary Foundation Fellow at the National University of Singapore where he studied the political economy of Southeast and East Asia.
He currently is on the Advisory Board of the Knight Foundation Digital Media Center and the Online News Association.
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