Mizell Stewart III is Vice President/News Operations for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network, supporting the efforts of nearly 4,000 journalists who are part of the largest local-to-national news network in the United States. He provides oversight of news technology, finances and news production, including the company’s regional Design Studios. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. There, he develops and delivers leadership programs for mid-career professionals, including the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Journalism, which is in its second year.
Stewart is also the former Managing Director and Chief Content Officer of Journal Media Group, formed in 2015 via the merger of the newspaper assets of Journal Communications and the E.W. Scripps Company. In his work with JMG, Stewart led news content strategy and journalistic excellence with a team of more than 700 journalists in 14 communities throughout the United States.
In his previous role as Vice President/Content for the Scripps newspaper division, Stewart led the Four Platform Newsroom project, a digital transformation initiative that resulted in regional and national honors for the company’s newsrooms, including recognition among Editor & Publisher’s “10 That Do It Right.” He has been an editor, managing editor, local news editor and award-winning reporter at the Evansville Courier & Press, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Tallahassee Democrat, the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News-Sun.
Under his leadership, the Courier & Press was named best daily newspaper in Indiana in 2011 by the Hoosier State Press Association. The Courier & Press was a finalist for the same award in 2009 and 2010.
A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Stewart helped lead the team at The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss. that won the 2006 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He is a past president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news industry leaders.
Mizell earned a BS in journalism at Bowling Green State University and serves on the board of directors of the BGSU Alumni Association. He earned an MS in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University.