‘Indianapolis Star’ Publisher to Retire

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By: E&P Staff

Barbara Henry, president and publisher of The Indianapolis Star since 2000, will retire Aug. 1 after a 34-year career in the newspaper business.

Announcement of her retirement came Friday as Gannett Co., parent of the Star, reorganized its U.S. Community Publishing Division from five regional groups into four.

Henry will continue to serve as publisher of the Star and as president of the Interstate Newspaper Group until her retirement. Gannett said in a news release that a successor would be appointed “shortly.”

Henry, 55, gave no indication of what she would do in retirement except “take some time off.”

Gannett also announced the retirement of Denise H. Ivey, president and publisher of The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and president of the Mid-South Group, which has been eliminated. Ivey, who will retire Jan. 1, will be replaced as president and publisher at the newspaper.

Henry and Ivey are “two outstanding executives” who will be “sorely missed,” said Robert J. Dickey, president of U.S. Community Publishing.

Henry was selected as Gannett’s publisher of the year twice and manager of the year once.

She previously was president and publisher of The Des Moines Register in Iowa and the Great Falls Tribune in Montana, both Gannett papers. She has been a reporter, editor and publisher within Gannett since 1974.

Henry said she enjoyed her years in Indianapolis even as the newspaper industry has struggled to attract and hold onto readers who increasingly are turning to the Internet for news and relying less on the printed newspaper.

“Even as our industry goes through a major transformation and we operate in a very challenging economy, the Star has continued to grow our audience,” she said.

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