News Media Corp. names new president, financial officer

ILLINOIS — News Media Corporation has hired Nickolas Monico to serve as its new company president, and promoted Trena Thompson as chief financial officer.
Monico, who has a long history of multimedia leadership experience, began in his new position on Monday, Aug. 6 at NMC’s headquarters in Rochelle, Ill.
“I’ve known Nick for many years and I am very pleased to have him join NMC,” said John Tompkins, founder and chairman of News Media Corporation.
Monico has an extensive background in media management, working with more than 300 daily, weekly and shopper publications in 25 states. He has held senior management positions in several organizations, and prior to joining NMC he was Chief Operations Officer of Wick Communications.
Monico has also served as Vice President of Community Publishing for Gatehouse/New Media. He also served as VP/COO and Chief Strategic Officer of Trib Total Media in Pittsburgh, Pa., was President of Gannett Media Network of Central Ohio, and was COO of the Thomson Newspapers Chicago and Kansas City divisions.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with News Media Corporation,” Monico said. “I look forward to meeting the dedicated professionals who work in our media operations, covering important and relevant community news, along with providing print and digital advertising solutions to our advertisers.”
Monico has also served as a past Board of Director member of the Illinois Press Association, Ohio News Media Association and Inland Press Association.
He and his wife, Marcia, have two grown children, Benjamin and Cara.
Thompson, who is a certified public accountant has worked in the NMC accounting office for the past 17 years, previously reporting to the chief financial officer.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Thompson previously worked for Coopers and Lybrand accounting firm before coming to NMC.
“Trena Thompson is one of the most remarkable public accountants I’ve had the pleasure to work with,” said Tompkins.
Thompson and her husband, Paul, live in Rochelle and have two children, Justin and Kelsey.
NMC operates 75 media titles in nine states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming. The company has 10 production facilities and a digital/website agency.


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