DAVENPORT, Iowa (September 26, 2018) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a leading provider of news, information and advertising in 49 markets, announced today that Arizona Daily Sun Publisher Don Rowley will retire effective September 30, 2018. The company said an interim leadership plan would be announced in the near future.
“I congratulate Don Rowley on an outstanding newspaper career and wish him many fulfilling retirement years,” said Cathy Hughes, Lee’s tier 3 group publisher. “I’ve had the honor of working directly with Don over these past months, and he has vast knowledge of the newspaper industry. But more importantly, he deeply understands and has made great contributions to the importance and relevance of the newspaper in Flagstaff. The employees of the Arizona Daily Sun and the citizens of Flagstaff will miss his leadership.”
Rowley retires after a 23-year career with the Arizona Daily Sun and more than 40 years in the industry. His career also includes 12 years at the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah and five years in St. Louis with Pulitzer, Inc.
"I can’t imagine a more diverse or rewarding career. Every day is different, and I have had a chance to work with some of the most interesting, devoted people you could ever meet," Rowley said. "I hope that our efforts to enlighten our readers have made a positive difference in the community."
Rowley has served on several community organizations and boards including the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, Flagstaff Leadership, United Way of Northern Arizona, FMC Certificate Holder’s, Flagstaff Community Foundation, Lumberjack Advisory Board, Citizens Against Substance Abuse, Arizona Newspaper Association, Boy Scouts of America and the Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance.
He and his wife, Karen, have seven children and 30 grandchildren.
Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information, and a major platform for advertising, with daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 weekly and specialty publications serving 49 markets in 21 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have average circulation of 0.8 million daily and 1.1 million Sunday, and are estimated to reach almost three million readers in print alone. Lee's markets include St. Louis, MO; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Davenport, IA; Billings, MT; Bloomington, IL; and Tucson, AZ. Lee Common Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE. For more information about Lee, please visit www.lee.net.