DAVENPORT, Iowa (December 11, 2018) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a leading provider of news, information and advertising in 49 markets, announced today that Ray Farris, president and publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Lee group publisher, has been appointed a vice president of Lee Enterprises. Also named vice president was Chris White, president and publisher of Times Media Company in Munster, Indiana, and Lee group publisher. The appointments are effective immediately, said Lee President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mowbray.
“Ray and Chris have proven themselves to be outstanding executives,” Mowbray said. “The results in St. Louis and Northwest Indiana have consistently been among the best in our company, and they’ve extended their great leadership into other enterprises through their roles as group publishers. Both are very deserving of this new appointment.”
Farris was named president and publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2013 after serving as general manager since 2010. He became group publisher for Lee’s operations in the East and Midwest regions earlier this year and has also served as senior sales executive for classified advertising for all of Lee since 2015. Farris joined the company in 2006 as vice president of classified advertising. His career also includes vice president of classified advertising for the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press and classified advertising director of the Palm Beach Post. Under his leadership, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was selected as Lee Enterprises’ Enterprise of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
White joined Lee in 2013 as publisher of Times Media Company, which includes The Times, nwitimes.com and a number of specialty publications, after serving as group publisher of The Repository in Canton, Ohio, and GateHouse-Ohio Media. He was named a group publisher for Lee in 2015. His career also includes regional vice president of sales for Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., and he was publisher of The Edmond Sun and McAlester News-Capital while serving as group publisher for CNHI. Times Media Company was named Enterprise of the Year in 2014.
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.