Lee Honors Arizona Daily Star as Enterprise of the Year
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- November 11, 2013
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE:LEE) announced today that the Arizona
Daily Star is being honored as 2013 Enterprise of the Year.
“Publisher John Humenik and his team delivered amazing results across the
board,” said Mary Junck, Lee chairman and chief executive officer. “They drove
double-digit digital growth, double-digit growth in cash flow, double-digit
growth in Sunday circulation units and mobile audience numbers that fly off
the charts. As always, they also produced an endless stream of outstanding
journalism, from human interest stories that touch the heart to investigative
journalism that helps make the community stronger.”
Kevin Mowbray, Lee vice president and chief operating officer, added: “The
Tucson team delivered on every top Lee initiative – and they shared their own
impressive successes across the company. As an example, they’re leading the
way in gaining more grocery advertising and they’ve set a high bar for growing
preprints. Their Thanksgiving Day paper this year will include 70 local
The Arizona Daily Star also received 2013 President’s Awards for both News and
Innovation – for a series on Tucson children in poverty and for a captivating
promotion, Pizza Madness. This is the second year in a row that the Arizona
Daily Star has been a finalist for Enterprise of the Year.
Lee owns the Arizona Daily Star, and its business operations are owned jointly
with Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). The web address is azstarnet.com.
Junck also praised six other finalists for the company’s top award:
*The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Sentinel’s web address is
cumberlink.com. The publisher is Mark Heintzelman.
*The Post-Star in Glens Falls, New York, also a winner of a 2013 Lee
President’s Award for news and Lee’s 2007 Enterprise of the Year. The
Post-Star’s web address is poststar.com. The publisher is Rick Emanuel.
*Times Media Company of Northwest Indiana, based in Munster, also the 2010
Enterprise of the Year and a finalist in 2012. The Times’ web address is
nwitimes.com. The publisher is Chris White.
*Sioux City Journal in Sioux City, Iowa, also a 2007 Enterprise of the Year
Finalist. The Sioux City Journal’s web address is siouxcityjournal.com.
The publisher is Ron Peterson.
*St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 2012 Enterprise of the Year and a finalist in
2010, as well as winner of 2013 Lee President Awards for news and
innovation. The web address for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is
stltoday.com. The publisher is Ray Farris.
*Courier Communications in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, also a 2011
Enterprise of the Year Finalist and a 2013 Lee President’s Award for
Spirit. The web address for The Courier is wcfcourier.com. The publisher
is David Braton.
Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information, and a
major platform for advertising, in its markets, with 46 daily newspapers and a
joint interest in four others, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300
specialty publications in 22 states. Lee's newspapers have circulation of 1.2
million daily and 1.4 million Sunday, reaching nearly four million readers in
print alone. Lee's websites and mobile and tablet products attracted 23.2
million unique visitors in September 2013. Other Lee markets include Lincoln,
NE; Madison, WI; Davenport, IA; Billings, MT; and Bloomington, IL. Lee Common
Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE. For more
information about Lee, please visit lee.net.
Dan Hayes, 563-383-2100
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