Warren T. Colville, Publisher and President
Warren T. Colville, publisher & president of The Buffalo News, joined the newspaper on January 4, 1988, as vice president and advertising director. He was named senior vice president and advertising director in 1994, and advanced to senior vice president for sales and marketing in 1996. He was promoted to executive vice president in 1997, to president in 2001 and publisher & president in January 2013.
Prior to joining The Buffalo News, Mr. Colville served as vice president for advertising at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida. Before that, he worked as classified advertising manager and then advertising director at The Star Ledger in Newark. His newspaper career began in 1965 at the Daily Register in New Jersey.
A graduate of Westchester College, Mr. Colville currently serves on the board of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and The Business Council of New York State, Inc. He is also a member and past-chair of 43 x 79. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Hilbert College, The Better Business Bureau and the Buffalo Urban League.
A native of Westchester County, Mr. Colville is the father of seven children, including two adopted Chinese daughters. Mr. Colville resides in Orchard Park with his wife, Karen and their daughters, Waverly and Porscha.
Bryan J. Donohue, Senior Vice President
Bryan J. Donohue, CPA, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Treasurer
Bryan started with The News in October 2005 as vice president, chief financial officer and was promoted to his current position in June 2013. As senior vice president Bryan helps to set the strategic direction of The News and provides operational leadership throughout the organization. The departments of finance, subscriber customer service, information technology, transportation and delivery and facilities management directly report to Bryan.
Before joining The News Bryan held the positions of controller, corporate controller and director of business administration and finance with multi-national light industrial manufacturing, distribution and over-the-counter pharmaceutical companies all headquartered in Western New York.
Bryan earned a master of business administration in professional accounting and a bachelor’s of science degree from Canisius College. Bryan became a licensed certified public accountant in New York State on October 1, 1992.
Michael Connelly, Editor and Vice President
Mike Connelly is the editor of The Buffalo News, joining the newspaper in October 2012. Before The News, he spent nearly nine years as executive editor of the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla. Under his leadership, the Herald-Tribune won its first Pulitzer Prize and had two other projects that were Pulitzer finalists.
He started his career in 1981 at The Wall Street Journal, working in New York, Miami and Chicago. He has also worked at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Baltimore Sun and Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C., where he was vice president for operations, then vice president for product development. In Florida, he served on the board of the Florida First Amendment Foundation and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.
He is a native of Iowa and graduate of the University of Iowa.
Phillip T. Catanese, Vice President, Corporate Relations
As Vice President of Corporate Relations, Phil Catanese is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with current customers within advertising circulation. Additionally, Phil's role includes acquiring new customers in all areas of The Buffalo News, including our printing business (TBN Direct), online & print advertising, and circulation. Phil is also a strong community advocate for The News and sits on several boards and advisory groups for colleges and non-profits.
Phil started working at The Buffalo News in November 2000 as Director of Ad Sales. He then became Vice President of Retail Stores and now Vice President of Corporate Relations. His past professional experience working in the food industry wholesale and retail sales and operations for several supermarkets including, Peter J. Schmitt-Bells, Fleming Wholesale Foods, and Jubilee.
Phil received an Associated Degree from Bryant Stratton in West Seneca, NY. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Shawn Buffum, Vice President, Marketing and Digital Advertising
Shawn is responsible for the brand and consumer marketing strategies of The Buffalo News and all of its products including Buffalonews.com. He is also responsible for digital advertising sales, circulation subscription sales and customer service. Shawn also supports advertising sales with research and collateral materials from the creative services team. Community partnerships and sponsorships are also part of Shawn’s duties as well as public relations. He can frequently be found out and about across Western New York representing the Buffalo News at community events.
Shawn started his newspaper career in 1999 at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in advertising and in 2001 came to The Buffalo News. In 2008 he moved to Cleveland and was the retail advertising director for The Plain Dealer before returning to The Buffalo News in 2013. He's been the advertising director since 2015. He earned a bachelor's of science degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia and received an MBA from Canisius College.
As part of the Buffalo News’ extensive commitment to serving the communities in which it does business, Shawn presently devotes his time serving on the Board of Directors at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Since 2015, he has also served as a member of The Buffalo News 401(K) Investment Committee.
Shawn and his wife Gina reside in Hamburg, NY along with their two children.
Brian Connolly, Vice President, Innovation and Business Development
Brian Connolly is in charge of business development and innovation at The News, where he also serves as publisher of its six community newspapers. He is in charge of The News' digital subscription strategy and development of the company's portfolio of agency services. He oversees content for Buffalo Magazine and The News' marketing publications. As publisher of community newspapers, he leads The Hamburg Sun, The Tonawanda Sun, the Arcade Pennysaver & News, the Cuba/Franklinville Pennysaver & News, the Springville/Ellicottville Pennysaver & News and the Gowanda/Angola Pennysaver & News.
Connolly started at The News in 2003 as Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern working on the news copy desk. He later moved to the Features Department, where he worked as a copy and layout editor. For three years, he was assistant features editor and the editor of Gusto, The News' guide to arts and entertainment. He then was The News' online editor, helping the newsroom make the transition from print to digital. In that role, he oversaw the creation of a breaking-news team and expanded the use of video on its website.
In 2011, he was named The News' managing editor, overseeing all day-to-day operations of the newsroom and its staff of more than 100 reporters, photographers and editors. During the twin lake-effect snowstorms that paralyzed areas south of Buffalo in 2014, Brian led a team that was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He helped build production partnerships with WGRZ-TV, WNED-TV, WBFO radio and Cumulus radio, and he was an active part of The News' work with PolitiFact. He served as managing editor until April 2018.
A 1996 graduate of St. Francis High School, Connolly has a bachelor's degree in communication from Geneseo State College, a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in business administration earned through the executive program at the University at Buffalo. A Hamburg native, he resides in the town with his wife and four children.
Warren Todd Colville, Vice President, Sales
Hired in September of 1993, Warren Todd Colville is the Vice President of Sales, overseeing the strategy and operations of all retail and classified advertising sales for The Buffalo News. During his almost 25-year tenure with the News, Warren Todd has literally ‘done it all’ – performing duties ranging from Circulation Sales and Marketing Manager to Home Delivery Manger and Zoned Products Director. With his extensive industry history and knowledge, Warren Todd plays a key role, serving as an intermediary between Production and Marketing teams and steering the sales efforts through the rapidly changing landscape of media sales.
A native of New Jersey, Warren Todd made his way to Buffalo in 1993. Here he met his wife Becky, who he now resides with in Amherst, along with their 3 children.
David Adkins, Vice President, Technology
David Adkins is the Vice President of Technology for the Buffalo News, joining the company in August 2013. In this role, David is responsible for the long-term and short-term strategic direction of both the IT Infrastructure of the organization and the technology that runs BuffaloNews.com, Buffalo.com and related websites.
He came to Buffalo from Sarasota, FL, where he was Director of Systems and Digital Technology at the Herald-Tribune Media Group. While in Sarasota, he and his team won several awards for Innovation, including an award for Innovation that Drives Digital Audience from the Florida Society of News Editors for their work on photo gallery displays. David started his career in IT and Engineering in 2000 and has worked across many different industries, from internet payment processing and ecommerce, to automotive, real estate and magazines.
A native of Manassas, VA, David earned an Associates’ Degree from Northern Virginia Community College and is completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science at the University at Buffalo. David is also a graduate of Leadership Buffalo, class of 2014. He resides in the Town of Tonawanda with his family. In his free time between juggling school and work, David loves learning new things, the outdoors, travelling, and trying new experiences.