Dispatch editor to take regional role 6/17/19

Scott Jenkins, executive editor of The Dispatch in Lexington, N.C., has become the new regional executive editor for Lexington and Burlington.

Jenkins succeeds Burlington’s Times-News editor Rich Jackson, who is taking a new job in Indiana.

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Todd Benz named regional publisher for papers in Burlington, Lexington and Asheboro 6/3/19

Todd Benz has been named group publisher for The Dispatch in Lexington, N.C., The Times-News in Burlington and The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro, Lucy Talley, regional vice president of GateHouse Media, announced Thursday.

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Former publisher to be inducted into Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame 4/26/19

Rufus Friday, former publisher of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, will be inducted into the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame on May 23. Sponsored by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, JA Business Hall of Fame is a celebration that provides Junior Achievement the opportunity to recognize the state's most respected leaders for their commitment to and investment in the community.

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Herald-Leader publisher steps down; editor will move into expanded role 8/20/18

Herald-Leader Staff Report

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.

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Lexington Herald-Leader's 'TMC' win reversed by U.S. Sixth Circuit 2/12/18

By John Bussian

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.

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Lexington TMC case argued in U.S. 6th Circuit Appeals Court 12/12/17

Special to the SNPA E-Bulletin

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.

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Herald-Leader opening Pikeville bureau as part of alliance to boost Appalachian news 10/16/17

Reprinted from the Lexington Herald-Leader

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.

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Nine executives selected for 2017-18 mentor program 8/8/17

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!

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Meet the NEX GEN class of 2017-18 8/8/17

Read bios of 2017-18 NEX GEN participants.

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Windows shattered at Herald-Leader building; suspected bullet damage found 5/30/17

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.

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