Sun-Times Names Nykia Wright CEO and Chris Fusco Executive Editor

Newspaper cements top leadership, continuing its commitment to quality journalism in Chicago

​Sun-Times Media announced Friday it is promoting its interim chief executive officer into that position permanently and is changing the title of its top newsroom leader to better reflect his role in both editorial and business operations. 

Nykia Wright, previously the news organization’s chief operating officer and interim CEO, has been named CEO, effective immediately. Chris Fusco, previously editor-in-chief, has been named executive editor, also effective immediately.

Wright, 40, and Fusco, 47, have presided over a growth period at the Sun-Times, expanding its digital reach, streamlining business operations and building new products, most recently La Voz Chicago, a Spanish-language news website. The newspaper was named one of Editor & Publisher’s “10 News Publishers That Do It Right: 2020,” and Sun-Times journalists this month won 14 top honors in the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism — as many first-place winners in one year as the total combined in the previous three years.

“I am very happy for Nykia and Chris,” said Jorge Ramirez, chairman of the Sun-Times board of directors. “They have done a great job navigating a volatile business model in volatile times. The Sun-Times and all of our constituents are lucky to have them.”

Wright joined the Sun-Times as COO in October 2017 after working as a corporate strategy consultant with experience in financial management, business restructuring and human resources. She became interim CEO a little more than one year later.

As a consultant, Wright’s clients ranged from food giants McDonald’s and Tyson Foods to a variety of universities, including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin and Duke University. 

An Atlanta native, she has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Carnegie Mellon University. She also has an international business certificate from the University of Cambridge in England.

Wright was profiled in 2018 in Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” feature for top business leaders under age 40. She recently was named to the board of directors for Choose Chicago, the not-for-profit organization that promotes Chicago’s convention and tourism industry.

Fusco was named Sun-Times editor-in-chief in October 2017. Before that, he served as the news organization's interim editor-in-chief for nearly three months and managing editor for about a year. He had been a Sun-Times reporter for 16 years, including seven as an investigative reporter. 

As a reporter, he was the recipient of more than a dozen local and several national journalism honors, including the George Polk Award for local reporting, which he shared with colleagues Tim Novak and Carol Marin in 2014. 

Fusco began his journalism career at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake and joined the Daily Herald, Illinois’ third-largest newspaper, in 1995, eventually becoming the newspaper’s lead political reporter. He moved to the Sun-Times in 2000, working as a state government reporter and relief editor on the city desk.

An Alsip native, he is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Source: Sun-Times Media

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