DAVENPORT, Iowa (March 25, 2019) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a trusted local news provider and leading platform for advertising in 49 markets, has named Terra Kerkemeyer publisher of the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Illinois. Kerkemeyer succeeds Craig Rogers, who has left the company.
“Terra is a talented and energetic leader with life-long roots in southern Illinois,” said Lee Vice President and Group Publisher Ray Farris. “Along with her vast experience in the publishing industry, she has great knowledge and understanding of the unique local communities served by the Southern Illinoisan.”
Kerkemeyer joined the Southern Illinoisan in 2011 and was named circulation director in 2016. She is formerly the publisher of the Benton Evening News in Benton, Illinois and The Progress in Christopher, Illinois. Kerkemeyer began her publishing career with the Benton Evening News and The Progress in 1988 and was promoted to several leadership roles before being named publisher in 2003.
“The Southern has a long-standing tradition of excellent journalism and service to local communities,” Kerkemeyer said. “I am honored to be named publisher and look forward to leading a talented, passionate and dedicated staff in continuing that tradition.”
Kerkemeyer is a member of the board of directors of the Central States Circulation Managers Association and is a former board member of the Benton-West City Area Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Randy, have three children.
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