Jean Dubail

Address: 38 E. Hayestown Rd. #1, Danbury, CT 06811


Phone: 216-543-0800

Professional Experience

The Danbury News-Times
Managing Editor, 2014-18
  • Reconstituted staff, increased productivity and raised quality of content while leading daily paper in one of Connecticut’s fastest-growing and most diverse communities

  • Supervised flow of content to associated website, with emphasis on breaking news and search engine optimization, along with promotion via social media

  • Monitored website traffic via tools such as Omniture

  • Created digital-only content for website including searchable databases



Associate Editorial Director, 2013


  • Managed more than 50 editors running 85 hyperlocal news websites in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Missouri for Patch, a startup subsidiary of AOL with more than 900 such sites nationwide.

  • Oversaw transition to new management and staffing structure after company-wide reorganization in May 2013.

  • Managed team’s transition to new content management system in May 2013 and launch of new mobile application in following months.


Senior Regional Editor, 2012-2013


  • Managed editors running 31 Patch websites in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

  • Built combined traffic for all sites to more than 350,000 unique visitors per month, via strong local news coverage, shoestring marketing techniques and adept use of audience engagement strategies, including social media and email newsletters.

  • Spearheaded company’s adoption of third-party application for building interactive databases and trained dozens of editors to use it creatively.

  • Played leading role in test in Ohio of new site staffing structure that was later adopted company-wide.

Regional Editor, 2010-2012


  • Hired and trained staff under severe time constraints to launch Patch websites in eight diverse Northeast Ohio communities in late 2010.

  • Oversaw rise in combined site traffic in first year of operation from zero to more than 110,000 unique visitors per month.

  • Pioneered Patch’s first online voter guide during local elections of 2011.


The Plain Dealer

Assistant Managing Editor/Online, 2006-2010
  • Built a new department dedicated solely to the paper’s online operations.

  • Oversaw newspaper’s transition to new content management system (CMS) and trained scores of staffers to use it.

  • Pioneered adoption by the Newhouse newspaper chain of third-party applications for online voter guides and interactive databases.

  • Created first pages dedicated to politics and interactive data content on the paper’s affiliated website,

  • Trained staff to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media as part of successful efforts to build site traffic and engagement.

City/Metro Editor, 1999-2006


  • Managed staff of 90 covering local news in Northeast Ohio and state and national affairs from Columbus, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.

  • Selected in 2004 for membership in editorial management committee.


Career highlights

Won statewide awards for editorial and feature writing, coverage of children's issues; edited Headliner and Loeb winners and a Pulitzer finalist; key role in growing to 1.5 million unique visitors a month; led growth of Ohio Patch sites from zero to 400,000 monthly uniques in two years


Sherry Skalko 

Fmr. Editorial Director,


Denise Polverine




Elizabeth McIntyre

Fmr. Deputy ME,

The Plain Dealer


2010 - present

2010 - present



University of Missouri
Master of Arts in Journalism
Indiana University
Certificate in Russian and East European Studies
Master of Arts in History
Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts in History, with high honors


Accomplished manager in print and digital media, respected for high standard of writing and editing, strict attention to accountability and forthright but fair dealings with colleagues. Equally at home in traditional newsrooms and online startups, combining solid journalism background with cutting-edge knowledge of social media, content management systems and audience engagement strategies.