Guy Coviello taking helm at Tribune

WARREN – Guy C. Coviello has been named editor of the Tribune Chronicle, Publisher Charles Jarvis announced Thursday afternoon.

Coviello has been with the newspaper for 28 years, starting as a part-time sportswriter in 1984. He has most recently held the title of managing editor and opinion page editor, but during his career has worked in the Tribune Chronicle’s newsroom as a news reporter, copy editor and features editor.

”I’m extremely pleased to be able to give Mr. Coviello the opportunity to serve as editor of the Tribune Chronicle,” Jarvis said. “He is an award-winning journalist and will bring tremendous community knowledge to the position as he is a native of the community we serve.

”His experience and leadership in the newsroom will allow the Tribune Chronicle to continue as the best source of information, both in print and online, for Trumbull County and the Mahoning Valley.”

Coviello replaces Frank Robinson, who has been the editor since 2001. Robinson, because of health reasons, had asked to be given a different role in the newsroom. Robinson will assume the duties of managing editor.

”We sincerely thank Mr. Robinson for his years of service to the Tribune Chronicle as editor,” Jarvis said. ”The newspaper has won many awards under his leadership and we’re happy to be able to keep him, as a very good and experienced newsman, in an important position of leadership in our newsroom.”

Robinson previously served as the editor of the Herald-Star in Steubenville and the Inter-Mountain in Elkins, W.Va.

At the announcement of the changes Thursday, Coviello said, “It’s an exciting opportunity to be the editor of my hometown newspaper. We have a very talented staff of professional journalists and now we have a seasoned veteran at managing editor.

”Although I have some large shoes to fill, I’m confident we will continue to serve the community well.”

Coviello was born and raised in Niles and now resides with his wife, Denise, and four children in Liberty. He is the son of Guy J. and the late Ann Coviello.

Coviello has won many Associated Press Society of Ohio journalism awards including three for Best Editorial Writer in the state in the Tribune’s circulation class.

He also won awards for investigative reporting. His investigation of local cemeteries sparked a change in Ohio funeral and cemetery laws. His investigation into the death of a Trumbull County man led to the solving of a murder two years after the death was originally ruled a suicide.

He was instrumental in making the Tribune’s Page One project, which encourages high school students to enter journalism careers, one of the top programs of its kind in the country.

Coviello represented the Tribune Chronicle on the Newspaper Association of America Foundation’s Youth Services Committee and the NAA Foundation’s Youth Editorial Alliance. He helped create the NAA Foundation’s Youth Readership Ambassadors Program.

He also served as a program director for the World Association of Newspapers based in Paris and presented to an audience of publishing executives from more than 70 countries.

Coviello is a graduate of Youngstown State University and Warren John F. Kennedy High School.