Lee Enterprises Appoints Publisher in Oregon

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lee Enterprises

    ALBANY, Ore., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Martha Wells, former advertising
 manager or publisher at three Lee Enterprises (NYSE:   LEE) newspapers, has been
 appointed publisher of the Albany Democrat-Herald and group manager for Lee's
 Mid-Valley publications.
     "Martha is an exceptional leader, and we are very glad to get her back
 into Lee Enterprises," said John VanStrydonck, vice president for Lee's
 Pacific Northwest publishing operations.  "I was fortunate to work directly
 with her when she was advertising manager at the Globe-Gazette in Mason City,
 Iowa, and saw what an effective publisher she was at the Ottumwa Courier.  I
 think you will learn very soon why she is liked and respected by so many
 people in Lee."
     Wells succeeds Harold Orsborn, who has left the company.  She will have
 group responsibility for the Corvallis Gazette-Times and the jointly published
 Mid-Valley Sunday, working with the publisher of the Gazette-Times, Brenda
 Speth.  She also will oversee the weekly Lebanon Express.
     "I'm happy to be back in Lee and delighted to be in the Northwest," Wells
 told the staff.  "I am looking forward to meeting people in the communities we
 serve and learning what they expect from our newspapers.  In fact, after I
 begin May 1, I'll buy anyone coffee who stops in and wants to visit."
     Wells was publisher of the Ottumwa Courier when Lee Enterprises sold it to
 Liberty Group Publishing in 1999.  Since then, she has been advertising
 director of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in Montana.  "I have truly enjoyed the
 past year and a half in Bozeman, rolling up my sleeves and diving into sales
 again with a young and talented staff and great team of managers and a very
 proactive publisher," she said, "but it's wonderful to work in Lee again."
     She grew up in Green Bay, Wis., where she was high school salutatorian.
 She received a degree in English at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.,
 attending the London Study Center in England.  She worked for the university
 for several years after graduation as a development writer in Lawrence.  She
 also worked as a seventh grade English teacher in Green Bay and as internal
 communications coordinator for the former Continental Grain Company in New
 York City, where she studied for a masters degree in business administration
 at New York University.  She began her newspaper career in 1978 at the weekly
 Jackson Hole Guide in Wyoming, advancing from part-time newsroom paste-up to
 acting editor and later sales manager.  In 1984, she joined the Billings
 Gazette as sales manager of its business publication.  She left Lee
 Enterprises two years later to join the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin, but
 returned in 1991 as advertising manager in Mason City.  She became publisher
 in Ottumwa in 1995.
     In Ottumwa, her professional activities included serving as president of
 the Iowa Newspaper Association and as a member of the advisory board of the
 Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University in Ames.  She also was
 president-elect of the Ottumwa Rotary, elder in the First Presbyterian Church
 and board member of United Way, the hospital foundation, the Ottumwa Susan G.
 Komen Race for the Cure, the Communities in Schools Program, and the Ottumwa
 Area Development Corporation.
     Her husband, Roger, operates a pottery studio and gallery.
     Lee Enterprises is based in Davenport, Iowa.  It owns 23 daily newspapers
 and joint interest in five others.  Lee also owns more than 100 weekly
 newspapers, shoppers and classified and specialty publications, along with
 associated online services.  Its stock is traded on the New York Stock
 Exchange under the symbol LEE.  More information about Lee Enterprises is
 available at http://www.lee.net
 
 

SOURCE Lee Enterprises
    ALBANY, Ore., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Martha Wells, former advertising
 manager or publisher at three Lee Enterprises (NYSE:   LEE) newspapers, has been
 appointed publisher of the Albany Democrat-Herald and group manager for Lee's
 Mid-Valley publications.
     "Martha is an exceptional leader, and we are very glad to get her back
 into Lee Enterprises," said John VanStrydonck, vice president for Lee's
 Pacific Northwest publishing operations.  "I was fortunate to work directly
 with her when she was advertising manager at the Globe-Gazette in Mason City,
 Iowa, and saw what an effective publisher she was at the Ottumwa Courier.  I
 think you will learn very soon why she is liked and respected by so many
 people in Lee."
     Wells succeeds Harold Orsborn, who has left the company.  She will have
 group responsibility for the Corvallis Gazette-Times and the jointly published
 Mid-Valley Sunday, working with the publisher of the Gazette-Times, Brenda
 Speth.  She also will oversee the weekly Lebanon Express.
     "I'm happy to be back in Lee and delighted to be in the Northwest," Wells
 told the staff.  "I am looking forward to meeting people in the communities we
 serve and learning what they expect from our newspapers.  In fact, after I
 begin May 1, I'll buy anyone coffee who stops in and wants to visit."
     Wells was publisher of the Ottumwa Courier when Lee Enterprises sold it to
 Liberty Group Publishing in 1999.  Since then, she has been advertising
 director of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in Montana.  "I have truly enjoyed the
 past year and a half in Bozeman, rolling up my sleeves and diving into sales
 again with a young and talented staff and great team of managers and a very
 proactive publisher," she said, "but it's wonderful to work in Lee again."
     She grew up in Green Bay, Wis., where she was high school salutatorian.
 She received a degree in English at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.,
 attending the London Study Center in England.  She worked for the university
 for several years after graduation as a development writer in Lawrence.  She
 also worked as a seventh grade English teacher in Green Bay and as internal
 communications coordinator for the former Continental Grain Company in New
 York City, where she studied for a masters degree in business administration
 at New York University.  She began her newspaper career in 1978 at the weekly
 Jackson Hole Guide in Wyoming, advancing from part-time newsroom paste-up to
 acting editor and later sales manager.  In 1984, she joined the Billings
 Gazette as sales manager of its business publication.  She left Lee
 Enterprises two years later to join the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin, but
 returned in 1991 as advertising manager in Mason City.  She became publisher
 in Ottumwa in 1995.
     In Ottumwa, her professional activities included serving as president of
 the Iowa Newspaper Association and as a member of the advisory board of the
 Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University in Ames.  She also was
 president-elect of the Ottumwa Rotary, elder in the First Presbyterian Church
 and board member of United Way, the hospital foundation, the Ottumwa Susan G.
 Komen Race for the Cure, the Communities in Schools Program, and the Ottumwa
 Area Development Corporation.
     Her husband, Roger, operates a pottery studio and gallery.
     Lee Enterprises is based in Davenport, Iowa.  It owns 23 daily newspapers
 and joint interest in five others.  Lee also owns more than 100 weekly
 newspapers, shoppers and classified and specialty publications, along with
 associated online services.  Its stock is traded on the New York Stock
 Exchange under the symbol LEE.  More information about Lee Enterprises is
 available at http://www.lee.net
 
 SOURCE  Lee Enterprises