Brett Blackledge to lead The Daily Advertiser, named new editor

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Brett Blackledge, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Louisiana native, will be the next editor of The Daily Advertiser.

Blackledge, current investigations editor for six Gannett-owned Florida newspapers, will take over the longest-serving daily newspaper in Lafayette, La., on April 1.

He brings a deep passion for Louisiana, a history of journalism honored at the highest level and a pledge to be accountable to Lafayette's need for news.

"Brett is an outstanding journalist," Gannett Vice President for Community News Randy Lovely said. "Plus, he's from Louisiana. This combination makes him the perfect editor to lead Lafayette forward. Louisiana is an important part of the USA Today Network, and we're committed to telling the unique stories from this community."

In 2007, Blackledge received the Pulitzer Prize, considered journalism's highest honor, for his investigative series on Alabama's two-year college system's corruption, nepotism and cronyism. His reporting for the Birmingham (Ala.) News led to more than a dozen federal convictions and guilty pleas of system leaders and lawmakers, the dismissal of the system's leadership and other reprimands.

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