Lee Sawyer has announced his retirement as senior vice president of News-Press & Gazette Co. He plans to retire from the company effective in early March 2017.
Sawyer came to NPG from the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star 21 years ago, starting as circulation director and later moving into the role of general manager for the News-Press. He was appointed a senior vice president in 2011.
During Sawyer’s tenure, the company has made large strides in pursuing its digital advertising strategy and convergence of newsroom resources to support all platforms, including the daily News-Press, newspressnow.com and the company-owned broadcast television station, FOX 26 KNPN. Sawyer also has been deeply involved in supporting NPG’s circulation and production staffs through a time of industry transition. In addition, he has been the guiding force behind the company’s regional newspaper strategy.
“Lee has done an excellent job for the company and the Bradley family over the years, and his contributions will be greatly missed,” commented Brian Bradley, NPG president. “That said, we respect Lee’s choice that now is the right time for him to transition to a new phase of his life. We wish him and his wife, Toni, only the best in the years ahead.”
Sawyer will continue with his current responsibilities through early next year. Bradley said NPG will evaluate its leadership structure before determining the qualifications needed in his successor.