DAVENPORT, Iowa (September 28, 2020) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a leading provider of news, information and advertising in 77 markets, announced today that the company has selected Southeast Missourian Advertising Director Donna Denson to be president and director of local sales and marketing of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Illinois. Her appointment is effective immediately. Denson succeeds Publisher Terra Kerkemeyer, who has left the company.
“Donna brings high energy, a strong positive outlook and a wealth of leadership experience to this new role,” said Lee Group Publisher Chris White. “She’s spent a great deal of her career in markets much like Carbondale, and I’m confident she’ll quickly connect to this great community.”
Denson joined the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1991 as an account executive and progressed through multiple leadership positions before becoming advertising director in 2002. She was named advertising manager for the Sun Coast Media Group, Inc. in Venice, Florida, in 2005 before returning to the Southeast Missourian in 2009.
“I have great passion for the wellbeing and success of local businesses,” Denson said. “I am eager to begin partnering with the team at the Southern to help those businesses connect to the community through our strong audiences.”
Denson is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications.
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 350 weekly and specialty publications serving 77 markets in 26 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have average daily circulation of 1.2 million, and our legacy websites, including acquisitions, reach more than 43 million digital unique visitors. Lee's markets include St. Louis, MO; Buffalo, NY; Omaha, NE; Richmond, VA; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Davenport, IA; 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.