Rufus Friday, president and publisher of the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., since 2011, announced last Wednesday that he will be stepping down in the middle of September.
Editor Peter Baniak will move into an expanded role as the Herald-Leader's editor and general manager.MORE
The Lexington Herald-Leader's 2017 First Amendment "right to distribute" win before a Kentucky federal trial court was reversed in January by the U. S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.MORE
After winning an injunction in a groundbreaking federal court lawsuit to stop a local ordinance that effectively banned TMC distribution, Publisher Rufus Friday of McClatchy's Herald Leader in Lexington, Ky., returned to court on Dec. 7 to preserve the victory.
This time the Herald Leader and its courtroom counsel John Bussian were in Cincinnati before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals defending the Herald Leader against the City of Lexington's appeal from the May 2017 order granting the Herald Leader a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the city's new anti-TMC ordinance. That order marked the first time a federal court held that legislation making it too costly to distribute newspapers violates the First Amendment.MORE
The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader will re-establish a reporting bureau in Pikeville next year as part of a partnership aimed at providing deeper news coverage in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.
The Lexington-based newspaper is one of three regional news organizations partnering with the Galloway Family Foundation and The GroundTruth Project's new "Report for America" initiative to establish three yearlong fellowships in 2018 for emerging journalists. The other news organizations are West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
The three journalists will report directly to their respective news organizations and combine daily assignments with a longer, in-depth project that will be a collaboration of the three news organizations.MORE
The SNPA Foundation has selected nine newspaper executives to participate in the 2017-2018 NEX GEN program. Each of the nine participants will be paired with one of the brightest talents in the newspaper industry.
The year-long NEX GEN program offers newspaper professionals with executive potential the opportunity to develop their industry knowledge, analytical skills and aptitude for innovation.
Meet the Class of 2017-18!MORE
Several windows were shattered at the main office of the Lexington Herald-Leader in downtown Lexington, amid suspected signs of small-caliber bullet damage to the building.
The Herald-Leader filed a report on the damage with Lexington Police, who were at the building investigating early Monday morning.MORE
I never imagined that my first Herald-Leader commentary would involve fighting for this newspaper's free-press protections. Yet it does.
Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Karen K. Caldwell, issued a momentous pro-First Amendment ruling in the lawsuit the Herald-Leader was forced to file against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
She stopped a new city-county ordinance that would have banned driveway distribution of free newspapers and other printed material from going into effect on May 1. City officials have not decided whether to appeal the decision. If they are wise stewards of precious tax dollars, they won't go down that road.
The ordinance, which includes a $200 penalty for each violation, is likely unconstitutional because it would have the effect of cutting off circulation of our free Community News.MORE
The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader was recognized with the Ad Council's Crystal Bell award last week at the News Media Alliance's mediaXchange 2017 in New Orleans, La. Each year, this award is presented to a news organization for its extraordinary contributions to the Ad Council's public service campaigns.MORE
A federal judge has ruled that Lexington cannot enforce a recently passed ordinance that restricts where advertising and other unsolicited printed materials can be delivered.
U.S. District Court Judge Karen Caldwell ruled Friday that the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government cannot enforce the ordinance that was supposed to take effect Monday until a court case challenging the ordinance has been resolved.MORE
After 100 years in the Muchmore family, The Ponca City (Okla.) News has new ownership. Kay Media owners Scott Wesner and Scott Wood grew up in Cordell, Okla., and own several other papers, including The Elk City News. Josh Umholtz will serve as publisher.More
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Paxton Media Group has announced several promotions due to retirements and an acquisition in its North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Division. The announcement came from Jana Thomasson who will be assuming the president role of the North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Division of PMG in January 2019.More