LA CROSSE, Wisconsin(March 29, 2018) – Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE), a leading provider of news, information and advertising in 49 markets, has named Josh Trust publisher of the River Valley Newspaper Group. Trust will manage operations at The La Crosse Tribune, Winona Daily News, The Chippewa Herald and six additional non-daily publications. Trust succeeds Bob Fleck, who left the company in February.

“Josh is an accomplished executive with vast experience in the industry,” said Lee Group Publisher Chris White. “He brings not only a record of outstanding business performance but also a great sense of civic responsibility. He’ll be a great asset to Lee, and the advertisers and readers in the River Valley Community.”

Prior to joining Lee, Trust was vice president and chief revenue officer of Advance Ohio, a division of Advance Local, after serving as vice president of digital for Gatehouse Media’s Central Division and regional vice president of their Community East Group. Trust’s career also includes publisher and president of the Rockford Register Star in Illinois, publisher of the Daily Star in Canandaigua, New York, and publisher of the Dover Post in Delaware. He began his career as a media buyer with Marc Advertising in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1995.

"I am thrilled and humbled to lead the talented employees of our publications in River Valley,” Trust said. “I look forward to developing partnerships with business owners as well as weaving myself into the fabric of the community."

Trust holds a B.S. in Public Relations from University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. in Communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Julie, have two children.


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