It's Time to Unrig our Electoral Maps
Jun 17, 2019
David Woronoff, President & Publisher of The Pilot
It's Time to Unrig our Electoral Maps

David Woronoff became president and publisher of The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines, N.C. on July 1, 1996. The Pilot publishes twice a week with a paid circulation of 12,500 and was named the best community newspaper in the nation in 2002 and 2007 by the Inland Press Association and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the National Newspaper Association. The Pilot has transformed from a twice-weekly newspaper into a statewide media company during David’s 23 years at the helm.

Today, The Pilot publishes five regional magazines (PineStraw in the Sandhills, O.Henry and Seasons in Greensboro, SouthPark magazine in Charlotte and Salt in Wilmington), Business North Carolina magazine in Charlotte and two telephone directories. The company also owns the 65-year-old Country Bookshop in downtown Southern Pines.

David graduated high school from Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Va. He holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also completed the business school’s Young Executives Institute sequence.

In 2008, David was honored with the United Way of Moore County’s Cornerstone Award for his service to the community. In 2015, he received the Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills’ Builders Cup Award for his 19 years of community service. In 2019, David was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.

David was named president of the North Carolina Press Association in 2010 after serving six years on its board. He also served the NCPA as its Professional Development Committee’s chairman for five years and later as the Legislative Committee chairman for three years. He also serves on the board of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. David was the first community newspaper publisher appointed to the 112-year-old organization’s board of directors.

Aside from his work with industry-related trade associations, David serves currently on board of directors for: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism, the UNC Press Foundation, the Roanoke Island Historical Association (The Lost Colony), Sandhills Community College Foundation, North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform, the Boys & Girls Club (former chairman), FirstCarolina Care and Moore County Partners in Progress.