By: Press Release | The McClatchy Company
The McClatchy Company named veteran newspaper and advertising executive Roy W. Heatherly as president and publisher of The Wichita Eagle in Kansas effective July 13.
Since 2008, Heatherly has been the president, publisher and advertising director at The Jackson Sun, a Gannett Co.-owned newspaper with print and digital operations in Jackson, Tenn. At The Wichita Eagle, Heatherly replaces Kim Nussbaum, who joined McClatchy’s corporate staff this month as vice president of advertising.
Heatherly, 59, was raised in Wichita and graduated from the University of Kansas before embarking on a 37-year sales and executive career spent primarily at two Gannett-owned newspapers, The Jackson Sun and The News Star in Monroe, La.
“We’re delighted to welcome Roy back home to Wichita where he has strong roots and great affection for the community,” said Pat Talamantes, McClatchy’s president and CEO. “Roy is passionate about quality journalism, community service and meeting the ever-changing needs of readers, advertisers and consumers in the digital age. He is a great fit to lead The Wichita Eagle.”
Heatherly was born in St. Louis and moved to Wichita when he was in the fifth grade, attending local schools and earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1978. His sales career started that same year in local radio. He switched to newspapers in 1980 when he joined The Jackson Sun as a retail sales representative, holding a number of roles over the years and rising to the paper’s director of advertising.
In 1990, Heatherly was named director of advertising at The News Star, a position he would hold for 17 years. Heatherly rejoined The Jackson Sun in 2008 as the paper’s president, publisher and advertising director.
“I am honored to have the chance to come back home and work with the fine staff at The Wichita Eagle. It fulfills my lifelong professional dream to lead this highly respected multimedia institution,” Heatherly said. “We will continue to be the community leaders in providing the highest quality news and information on multiple platforms, giving readers their news and advertising when they want it, where they want it and how they want it.
“I am equally excited about working with this engaged advertising community and providing them with the digital and print tools they need to reach all their targeted audiences,” he said.
Heatherly and his wife, Beth, have three adult children who live in Louisiana.
About McClatchy The McClatchy Company is a 21st century news and information leader, publisher of iconic brands such as the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram. McClatchy operates media companies in 28 U.S. markets in 14 states, providing each of its communities with high-quality news and advertising services in a wide array of digital and print formats. McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.
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