DAVENPORT, Iowa (December 14, 2018) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE) has selected TownNews as the 2018 Enterprise of the Year. It is the first time that the digital publishing and content management platform has received this award.

TownNews was chosen from 49 divisions in 21 states, representing print and digital daily news operations, regional publications and nationwide digital services. The award is the company's highest honor.

“TownNews continues to drive revenue at a remarkable rate,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mowbray. “Their innovation, product enhancements, and smart acquisitions have been key contributors to growth, which we’ve seen validated by the quick adoption by new and existing customers.”

Founded in 1989, TownNews offers integrated digital publishing and content management solutions to more than 1,700 newspaper, broadcast, magazine and web-native publications, providing business partners with tools to reach web, print, mobile and social media audiences.

The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Arizona; The Journal Times in Racine, Wisconsin; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; and Times Media Company in northwest Indiana were also finalists for the award, Mowbray said.

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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.

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