MASON CITY, Iowa (June 14, 2018) – Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE), a leading provider of news, information and advertising in 49 markets, has named Samuel Gett publisher of the Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa. Gett succeeds Roy Biondi, who was serving as publisher of both the Globe Gazette and The Courier in Waterloo, Iowa. Biondi will remain publisher in Waterloo.
“We believe there is great benefit in having a publisher active and engaged in Mason City and Cerro Gordo County on a full-time basis,” said Lee Group Publisher Chris White. “We expect Sam to play a leadership role not only at the paper but in the community.
“The team in Mason City has done fantastic work over the past couple years, especially with the digital transformation,” White added. “They've grown digital readership greatly through expanded social media presence and up-to-the-minute breaking news alerts, while our sales teams offer the best suite of digital marketing solutions available. I'm very grateful to Roy Biondi for his work in Mason City and eager to see what this team can accomplish with a full-time leader working side-by-side with them.”
“I’m very excited to join Lee Enterprises and the talented teams at the Globe Gazette. They are doing great work, and I’m looking forward to helping them build on those efforts,” Gett said. “I’m also eager to begin developing relationships and engaging in the Mason City community.”
Prior to joining Lee, Gett was publisher and editor of the Faribault Daily News in Minnesota since 2013 and served as a regional General Manager for Adams Publishing Group. He was publisher and editor of the Northfield News, Northfield, Minnesota from 2007 to 2015. Gett’s career also includes president and publisher of The News-Times in Danbury, Connecticut and president and publisher of the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He began his newspaper career with The Herald in Sharon, Pennsylvania in1983.
Gett has held volunteer leadership positions in various organizations in six states, including United Way, the YMCA, and a number of economic development organizations and service clubs. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Faribault Main Street, a program formed to promote commercial revitalization and help communities preserve historic buildings, and served eight years as president of the Northfield Lacrosse Association.
Gett holds an MBA from Youngstown State University in Ohio, and a Bachelors of Arts in Advertising from Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife, Curwin, have two (adult) children.
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Lee names Samuel Gett publisher of Mason City Globe Gazette