General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, The Advocate
Dan Shea is the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of The Advocate. In this role, he leads all departments of the newspaper and theadvocate.com website.
Prior to joining The Advocate, Shea served as the managing editor/news for The Times-Picayune for 19 years. He supervised newsroom operations, technology, copyediting, presentation and photography. During his tenure, his team won scores of awards for photography, graphics and design from the Society for News Design and the National Press Photographers Association.
Shea played a key role in continuing publication of the paper in print and online in the harrowing days after Katrina. He led a small team to Houma when rising floodwaters forced the paper to evacuate its newsroom and kept the operation going while a larger news operation was being assembled in Baton Rouge. For its efforts, the TP won the Gold Medal for Public Service and the Breaking News Award of the 2006 Pulitzer Prizes. The paper also won two more Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure.
Shea was the liaison with nola.com for many years when it was a separately run company. He also created The TP Store, an online source for TP photos, books and page reproductions. He directed the publication of six books from the TP staff.
Prior to coming to New Orleans, Shea worked at The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, first as the business editor, later as publishing technology manager, where he supervised the purchasing and installation of millions of dollars of new computer technology.
He also was a financial reporter at a trade paper covering Wall Street and reported on local government and business for the Journal Inquirer and Hartford Advocate newspapers in Connecticut.
A native of Massachusetts, Shea, 55, is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and also studied in England and Canada. He is married to Stephanie Stokes, the former editor of the Inside Out section of The Times-Picayune. They reside in Metairie with their teenage children, DJ and Catie.