Robert Gruber was announced today as the publisher for new GateHouse Media acquisition The Fayetteville Observer, as well as several military newspapers and niche products, the IWANNA classified shoppers, and the Observer’s regional commercial printing operations.
Previously, Gruber was appointed publisher of the Star News in Wilmington, North Carolina, in October of 2005. In January 2015, GateHouse Media purchased the Star News along with 13 other regional newspapers.
Gruber began his media career at his hometown newspaper in Geneva, Ohio over 37 years ago. He held advertising and marketing management positions in Vero Beach, Florida, Rock Hill, S.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Ocala, Florida. Gruber first became a publisher in 1998 in Lake City, Florida and then spent several years as publisher of the Times-Daily in Florence, Alabama prior to moving to Wilmington.
Gruber attended Cuyahoga Community College and a branch of Kent State University, where he majored in elementary education and later, business development. He also attended the New York Times business development training at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the Duke Corporate Education program.
Gruber has been a member of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce board of directors and a past board member of Partners for Economic Inclusion. He is also a member of the North Carolina Press Association and the Downtown Rotary Club, where he leads a leadership program named RYLA for more than 65 juniors in area high schools.