Contreras comes to Quinnipiac with extensive corporate leadership experience at some of the country’s top media organizations. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer of Calkins Media Incorporated, a privately held local television broadcasting, newspaper publishing and digital media company with assets in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Alabama and revenue at approximately $100 million annually.
Before assuming the helm of Calkins Media Incorporated in 2011, Contreras was a senior vice president at the E.W. Scripps Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pulitzer Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as president and publisher of the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
In addition, Contreras has served as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America (now known as the News Media Association) and as chairman of the American Press Institute, one of the media industry's leading training, development and research institutions.
Contreras earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Marybeth Sughrue, have one adult son, Michael.