Founding 'North County Times' Pub To Retire

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By: E&P Staff The founding publisher of the North County Times in Escondido, Calif., Dick High, is planning to retire at the end of September. Lee Enterprises, owner of the North County Times, appointed Peter York to succeed High.

Currently, York is the publisher of The Daily News, the Lee-owned paper in Longview, Wash. York's new position will take effect on July 1. High, who turns 65 in the summer, will help York with the transition and will continue to serve as a consultant after September.

"Dick High has represented the heart and soul of the North County Times since he helped found it 12 years ago, and he's going to be missed greatly," Greg Veon, vice president of publishing at Lee, said in a statement.

High has been publisher of the North County Times since 1995 when he lead the creation of the newspaper through the merger of three daily newspapers and a weekly in the San Diego-area -- the North County Blade-Citizen, The Times Advocate, The Californian, and The Enterprise. Lee acquired the paper in 2002 when it bought Howard Publications.

High started his newspaper career as a reporter. In 1970 he became the editor of the Twin Falls, Idaho Times-News and served as editor of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune from 1978 to 1990. He has served two terms on the Pulitzer Prize jury and was one of three nominees for the prize in Public Service in 1985 for his economic reporting.

York, 57, starred his career in 1976 in advertising sales in Klamath Falls, Ore. He worked in management positions in Pocatello and Twin Falls, Idaho before moving to Longview.

Under York's leadership, Suburban Newspapers of America honored the Daily News as newspaper of the year in 2002.

"We're fortunate that Dick is being succeeded by one of the most skillful publishers I've known," Veon said in a statement.

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