Thomas A. Silvestri is Publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Vice President of the Richmond, Va., Group for BH Media Group.
In 2017, Mr. Silvestri celebrated 40 years in newspapers, including 35 at the Richmond Times-Dispatch or its parent companies.
In January 2005, he became President and Publisher of The Times-Dispatch. Under his watch, the newspaper launched the Public Square, which has become a nationally recognized initiative that provides a forum for civil discourse on issues of importance to the community.
Before rejoining The Times-Dispatch, he had been President of Media General's community newspapers, responsible for 20 daily newspapers and more than 25 weeklies in five Southeastern states.
An advocate for the importance of journalism, Mr. Silvestri is a former Deputy Managing Editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he helped create three news departments and several stand-alone sections, and launched a training program that attracted national attention for its breadth and reality-based approach. Before joining The Times-Dispatch in 1982, he was a reporter and editor for the Gannett Westchester (N.Y.) Newspapers.
Mr. Silvestri received a Bachelor of Arts from Pace University (Pleasantville, N.Y.) and holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He has held many officer posts in helping non-profit organizations, including past chair of the Greater Richmond Chamber, the American Press Institute, Leadership Metro Richmond and the Capital Region Collaborative. In 2013-2015, he served as president and chair of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2013, he also was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.