OJ Stapleton has been named general manager of the News-Democrat & Leader.
The announcement was made by Chip Turner, regional general manager for Civitas Media, the newspaper’s parent company.
Stapleton is beginning his eighth year as the editor of the ND&L and will continue in that role while also serving as the newspaper’s general manager. He takes over for Lola Nash, who served Russellville for many years at the newspaper, the last several as general manager before her retirement last month.
He has served in a number of managerial capacities in the newspaper industry since 1998, when he was sports editor of the Appalachian News-Express in Pikeville.
Later, he served in the same capacity at the Corbin Times-Tribune, Harlan Daily Enterprise and Bowling Green Daily News before being named editor of the Russellville newspaper.
“OJ is an eight year veteran at the News-Democrat & Leader and an 18-year veteran of the newspaper business. We are extremely happy to be able to promote a local resident into this role,” said Turner.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Russellville and Logan County at the News-Democrat & Leader,” said Stapleton. “I am committed to keeping the integrity and highest journalistic qualities of the newspaper intact for many years to come.”
Stapleton lives in Russellville with his wife Becky, a teacher at Russellville High School, and his daughters Emily, 11, and Molly, 9.
Civitas Media, headquartered in Davidson, North Carolina, is a dynamic, multi-channel, local information company with strong roots in traditional community newspaper publishing. Civitas Media employs more than 1,200 dedicated, creative and innovative associates across 12 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Civitas publishes more than 100 publications for a combined weekly distribution of more than 1.6 million copies.