Defense News

Publisher of Military Times, Defense News names new editor-in-chief

Written by Christine Aquino July 14, 2021 0 comment

ARLINGTON, VA., July 14, 2021 – Sightline Media Group today announced Mike Gruss has been named editor-in chief. In this role, Gruss oversees marquis media brands that include Military Times, Defense News, C4SIRNET and Federal Times. He will lead and drive strategy meant to improve collaboration across news brands and continue its evolution into a modern news organization.

“I am honored to lead a newsroom of dedicated journalists with such tenacity, integrity and accuracy,” Gruss said. “We are focused on maintaining our expertise and independence and outpacing our competition along the way. I am excited about Sightline’s future.”

Gruss was formerly editor of Defense News and executive editor of Sightline’s business to government group, prior to this promotion. He joined Sightline in 2017 as editor of C4ISRNET.

“Mike has been a thoughtful, deliberate and strategic editorial leader over the years he’s spent with Sightline,” says David Steinhafel, Sightline Media CEO. “He quietly and calmly displayed his expertise, integrity and dedication to his craft and team of reporters and editors during the pandemic. We are confident that his leadership will continue to drive the newsroom to even greater heights.”

Along with this announcement is the rollout of a new newsroom organization. Sightline’s focus on nuanced reporting on the military services and an emphasis on business intelligence at Defense News will remain at the heart of coverage for global defense audiences. A concentration on emerging markets, video and custom products are also among the top priorities.


About Sightline Media Group

Sightline is the leading news organization covering military, defense, public sector, federal technology, C4ISR and cyber defense. Its publications include Defense News, Military Times, Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, Air Force Times, C4ISRNET, and Federal Times. Sightline’s award-winning journalism offers coverage from around the globe, while headquartered in the Washington, DC area. Sightline Media offers advertisers a wide range of platforms to reach their target audience. From digital and mobile solutions to events, to thought leadership, publications, video and custom options, Sightline works with clients on opportunities that have credibility, integrity, engagement and impact.