Senior Vice President of Finance & Administrationwlafferty@civitasmedia.com
Walt Lafferty is a senior executive with over thirty year’s business experience in the newspaper information and media industry. His leadership roles include positions as President, Publisher, Group Publisher, General Manager, Operations Manager, Regional Controller, Controller, Business Manager and Systems Coordinator with industry leaders including Civitas Media, GateHouse Media, the Gannett Company, the Goodson Newspaper Group and Ingersoll Publications.
Walt was born in Philadelphia, PA, the youngest of six children, is married to Cindy for the past twenty five years and has two children, Patrick (23) and Sara (21). Patrick is a graduate of Penn State University and now works for Microsoft in Reston, VA. and Sara is currently attending Penn State University’s main campus in State College, PA.
Walt started his newspaper career in the suburbs of Philadelphia working at the Delaware County Daily Times and is an avid sports fan of all Philly sports teams.
As Publisher of a number of newspaper operations, Walt has directed all facets of the business including finance, HR, IT, sales & marketing, circulation, content gathering, production, distribution and employee relations.
In prior positions, Walt’s financial and project management background included the development and implementation of new budget controls and financial reporting standards along with upgrading business and production systems for over 30 business units.
Walt has served on a number of community and business organization boards of director positions including local chamber of commerce, United Way and the Salvation Army. Walt served for 10 years as a board member, treasurer, Vice President and executive committee member of the New Jersey Press Association. He has served on the Illinois Press Association Government Affairs Committee, Board Trustee for Downtown Springfield Inc. and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Strategic Planning Committee. Most recently he has served on the board of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Diamond City Partnership in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Vice President of Editorialjlawitz@civitasmedia.com
Jim Lawitz joins Civitas Media as the vice president of editorial, overseeing editorial operations for the company. Lawitz has spent more than 30 years in newsrooms serving in varied roles – from reporting and editing to top news executive. Jim's most recent role was vice president and editor of the Las Cruces Sun-News, New Mexico's second largest publication. In addition to his local duties, he supervised top editors in sister markets including Silver City, Deming, Alamogordo and Ruidoso. Lawitz has spent most of his life in the West, living and working in Arizona, Alaska, California and New Mexico. He has worked for Cox, Tribune, Scripps, MediaNews and independent publishing companies. Raised in Scottsdale, Jim attended Arizona State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in broadcasting with an emphasis in journalism. Lawitz worked in radio/television before making the jump to newspapers in the mid-1980s.
Andrew Mok, chief information officer, joined Civitas Media, LLC in November 2012 (as a consultant). He was named the Chief Systems Officer in July 2013. Formerly president of Midwest Technology Consulting, Mok has over 20 years of media experience in various capacities with privately owned newspapers Shaw & Media News, as well as public companies including: Lee, Gannett & Knight Ridder. Mok, was born in Derby, England, immigrated to and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. He attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ.