David Smith | President, Sightline Media
David Smith has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of media communications — digital media, audience development, sales, marketing, production and editorial content development. David is an expert in defense, government and international markets and a leader in how to craft innovative, creative and engaging media approaches to these markets.
David has worked in a variety of media and corporate settings, including 1105 Media and TIBCO Software, and was vice president of marketing and business development for Army Times Publishing Company (now Sightline Media Group) at a prior point in his career. In his previous service to the company, he conceived and developed the Military Times Service Member of the Year program, the C4ISRNET Conference, the Middle East Air Chief Conference, and the launch of Space News. David was a key player on the original team that developed Defense News, and he planned its successful international expansion. David is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and did his graduate study at the University of Virginia.
Tony Lombardo | Military Times Executive Editor
Tony leads a team of more than 30 editors, reporters and videographers dedicated to covering the news that affects active-duty service members and their families, as well as the veteran community. As executive editor and head of content development, Tony is responsible for strategy of the Military Times digital and mobile brands, the print platform, video, military lifestyle and multimedia projects for Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.
Prior to his post as executive editor for the Military Times group, Tony served in roles as news editor at Marine Corps Times and managing editor at Navy Times and then subsequently Army Times. Tony frequently represents Military Times in national media, including outlets such as Good Morning America, C-SPAN and Inside Edition. Prior to his career in military journalism, Tony worked as a reporter for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Georgia and The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio. A native of Ohio, Tony received his degree in journalism from Kent State University.
Jill Aitoro | Executive Editor, Business to Government Group
Jill Aitoro is executive editor of Sightline Media’s Business-to-Government Group, guiding and developing the multimedia editorial strategy for Defense News, Federal Times, C4ISRNET, and FifthDomain, Sightline’s central digital hub for news, information and collaboration about federal and defense cybersecurity and cyberwarfare. Jill is also editor of Defense News, directly managing the global and prestigious Defense News brand, working with a dedicated team of editors, reporters and videographers. Jill brings over 15 years’ experience of editing and reporting on defense programs, policy and procurement, federal government IT and business issues facing the defense and federal sector. She has interviewed top defense officials from around the globe, CEOs from Fortune 500 companies, led conferences and panels at prestigious events, such as the Reagan National Defense Forum. Prior to joining Sightline Media, Jill worked for Washington Business Journal as editor of their federal practice, leading all defense and federal contracting and policy coverage. Prior to that she was a senior reporter for Government Executive, covering cybersecurity, defense IT and DHS among other roles. Jill anchors the weekly Defense News television program appearing on the American Forces Network, which features interviews with senior defense leaders and expert reporting on industry, politics and defense acquisition. In addition, Jill has appeared regularly on Washington DC network TV stations and in national broadcast news media outlets. Jill has received multiple awards for her government reporting and multimedia editorial projects, including coverage of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program and sequestration and an exposé on the selling of gray market technology from China to the Defense Department. Jill graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and earned her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Andrew deGrandpre | Military Times Pentagon Bureau Chief & Senior Editor
Andy is Military Times’ head of news, directing coverage across Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. Starting in January, he will be based at the Pentagon. Since joining the company in 2005, Andy has held numerous leadership roles within our newsroom, driving award-winning coverage, and helping the organization grow its digital and social audiences. He’s dispatched reporters to document the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to embed with U.S. military personnel training indigenous forces in Eastern Europe and Latin America. His own investigative reporting has been recognized with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense and the Military Reporters and Editors Association’s James Crawley Award. Andy studied journalism as an undergraduate and postgraduate student, earning a bachelor’s degree from Plattsburgh State University in New York and a master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he covered Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago City Council. Before moving to Washington, Andy led news teams in Hillsborough and Jacksonville, North Carolina. His work, and that of his staff, has been featured by NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, NPR, the Colbert Report and several other mainstream media outlets.