DAVENPORT, Iowa (December 20, 2018) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a trusted local news provider and leading platform for advertising in 49 markets, has named Matthew Tranquill publisher of the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota.

“Matt is a community-minded professional with a great track record as a publisher and advertising executive,” said Nathan Bekke, vice president – consumer sales & marketing and Lee group publisher. “He’s passionate about our industry and its importance as a public trust.”

Tranquill joins the Rapid City Journal as the former publisher of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, having held that post since 2016. He began his newspaper career as an advertising sales representative with The Parkersburg News Sentinel in Parkersburg, West Virginia and was promoted to several leadership roles in the company before becoming regional advertising director for The Parkersburg News Sentinel and The Marietta Times in 2014.

“I’m eager to get involved with this great community. It’s a beautiful place with an amazing history,” Tranquill said. “I look forward to building on the Rapid City Journal’s success as a local news provider and trusted business partner using the proven strength of our print and growing digital platforms.”

Tranquill is a former member of several boards including the Boys and Girls Club, the Boy Scouts of America Cherokee Area Council and the Mid-Ohio Air Show. He has served a number of other organizations including the Rotary and various local chambers of commerce.

He is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, holding bachelor's degree in political and economic philosophy. Tranquill and his wife, Marcie, have two children.


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 20 states. Year to date, Lee's newspapers have average circulation of 0.7 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.lynnsoehner.com.


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