DAVENPORT, Iowa (December 8, 2017) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE) has selected the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the 2017 Enterprise of the Year. It is the second consecutive year that the Post-Dispatch has received this recognition.
The Post-Dispatch was chosen from 50 divisions in 22 states, representing print and digital daily newspaper operations, regional agricultural publications and nationwide digital services. The award is the company's highest honor.
“Publisher Ray Farris and his staff in St. Louis posted an outstanding financial performance in 2017,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mowbray. “Their work in revamping classified advertising and strong results in digital and controllable retail revenue were huge contributors to the overall performance at Lee this year.”
The Post-Dispatch reaches more than 792,600 readers each week, and stltoday.com is the most widely visited website across all digital platforms in the St. Louis area with 67 million monthly page views by 6.1 million monthly unique visitors.
“The team in St. Louis has provided exceptional leadership throughout the company,” Mowbray added. “They continue to show great initiative in developing and leading programs that help drive performance at all of our enterprises.”
St. Louis also earned two 2017 Lee President’s Awards:
- Innovation in Revenue, for the reinvention of classified verticals with redesigned print sections, new ad packages and re-deployed sales talent.
- Innovation in Digital Audience, for the development of tools to give its audience accurate, useful and easy-to-use tools to answer questions about neighborhood safety, school performance and the use of local tax dollars.
St. Louis was named Enterprise of the Year in 2012 and 2016, and it was a finalist in 2010.
The Courier in Waterloo, Iowa; The Journal Times in Racine, Wisconsin; The Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, South Carolina; and Times Media Company in northwest Indiana were also finalists for the award, Mowbray said.
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 50 markets in 22 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have average circulation of 0.8 million daily and 1.2 million Sunday, and 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.
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