Clarion-Ledger publisher to retire from Gannett
Monday, July 14, 2014
Posted by: Admin
The Clarion-Ledger publisher Leslie Hurst is retiring after four years in Jackson and nearly 30 years with the newspaper's parent company, Gannett.
Hurst made the announcement recently during a meeting of the full staff.
"This is bittersweet for me," said Hurst, who will retire July 31 after 27 years with Gannett. "Jackson has been one of the warmest welcomes I've ever received."
Michael Kane, group president for Gannett, praised Hurst as someone who has shown herself to be committed to the communities she served.
"She's someone who cares deeply about our industry," Kane said. "She also cares deeply about the people she's managed."
Hurst serves as president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger Media Group and is a regional vice president for Gannett with oversight of the Hattiesburg American and The Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama. She has held posts with Gannett in nine cities. Prior to serving several stints as a publisher in various markets, Hurst worked in sports and then marketing.
"My first publisher job was in Hattiesburg, so it seems fitting that my ride end in Jackson," she said. "Mississippi is a wonderful place for journalism, food and friends – all passions of mine. I will miss The Clarion-Ledger family deeply, but I know they will carry on the great Clarion-Ledger journalism tradition for many years to come."
Kane said the search for a new publisher will begin immediately.