Richard Haddad – News Content & Digital Media Director, Western News&Info, Inc.®

Richard Haddad is a veteran of the United States Air Force and published his first works in the Air Force newspaper. After leaving the military he went to school for art and illustration. He began producing corporate newsletters and freelancing for newspapers in the 1980s. He joined the Gannett Newspaper group in 1990. In 1996, he left Gannett to be the Publisher of the Payson Roundup, a twice-weekly community newspaper in Payson, Arizona owned by WorldWest, LLC/World Company.

Over the next decade, Richard led the Payson team to be named Newspaper of the Year for nine consecutive years by the Arizona Newspapers Association. During that time, the Roundup was also named Inland Press Nation’s Best newspaper for 2000 and 2001.

Overseeing all online operations in Payson, Richard led his Web team to be awarded Best Newspaper Website in 2005 by the National Newspapers Association.

Applying a hands-on approach to produce community newspapers online and in print, Richard has won numerous state and national awards for photography, illustration, writing and multimedia projects. He accepted the position of Digital Media Director with Western News&Info, Inc.® in March 2007.

In April 2014 Richard was asked to expand his responsibilities to include the role of News Content Director over all WNI publications.