Michael Tribble appointed regional director for central U.S. states

Michael Tribble has been named director of SND’s Region 4 (the area includes Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Kentucky) effective immediately.

Tribble is the design and graphics director at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, OH. He also oversees Sunday planning and projects and helped lead the redesign of the paper in 2009. Under his direction, the paper has continued its consecutive streak of top ten finishes (now eight years running) in The Best of News Design competition. Most recently Michael was part of the team that edited and designed the well-known LeBron James “Gone.” front page.

“Michael is going to be great in this role. He’s a natural leader and a highly-respected professional. It’ll be wonderful to have him on the team,” said Kris Viesselman, SND president.

David Kordalski, AME/Visuals at the Plain Dealer (and former SND board member and current member of Region 4) adds that “Region Four is in great hands with Tribble as SND’s newest regional director. Michael knows there’s an important role for SND as newsrooms continue to evolve. Just as he’s done here at The Plain Dealer, he’ll bring enthusiasm, leadership and smart ideas to the job.”

Tribble, who got his start 15 years ago as a reporter, photographer, editor, designer and coffee brewer at small papers in Texas, has since designed and edited at the San Jose Mercury News, Charlotte Observer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His work has been recognized several times by SND and other professional organizations. He’s a graduate of East Texas State University (now Texas A&M — Commerce).

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve the Society when we’re faced with the type of challenges that will help define the industry and the role of designers for years to come,” said Tribble. “I’m looking forward to working closely with leadership and members to help maintain the Society’s place as an innovative, educational force in the industry.”

Tribble replaces former Region 4 director Mauricio Gutierrez, deputy design director at the Detroit Free Press. We’d like to thank Gutierrez for serving the region and the Society in 2010 when that post was vacated by another director who was asked to serve in an important education and training role.