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Charlottesville Native Monica Richardson Takes Senior VP Helm at USA Today

Charlottesville native Monica Richardson is taking her extensive journalism experience to a new level, becoming the Senior Vice President of USA Today’s award-winning newsroom. Richardson will officially take the reins on April 1st, bringing with her a 30-year career filled with accolades.

A seasoned media leader, Richardson boasts an impressive track record. She’s not only devised strategies for digital audience growth but has also spearheaded successful cross-divisional collaborations throughout her career. This expertise, coupled with her two Pulitzer Prizes and National Press Foundation Editor of the Year recognition, makes her a perfect fit for USA Today.

“We were incredibly drawn to Monica’s exceptional credentials,” said Chief Content Officer Kristin Roberts. “[Her] action-oriented management style combined with her passion for our industry will give fresh life and new reach to our iconic portfolio.”

Richardson will focus on USA Today’s five core pillars: Sports, Money, Entertainment, Life, and News. Her goal is to translate a growing audience into a thriving business model through a diversified content monetization strategy.

“I am eager to bring my passion, expertise, and dedication to the forefront,” Richardson said. She is committed to journalistic excellence and strategic innovation, ensuring USA Today’s continued success as a news organization and a business.

Want to learn more about Monica Richardson? Check out her feature article in Vinegar Hill Magazine here].

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