DAVENPORT, Iowa | Bill Masterson Jr., publisher of The Times Media Co. of Northwest Indiana and a group publisher for Lee Enterprises Inc., has been promoted to vice president of publishing.
In his new role, he will continue as publisher in Northwest Indiana and will join three other publishing vice presidents who oversee Lee’s print and digital operations in more than 50 markets across 23 states.
“Bill exudes enthusiasm, energy and innovation, and he leads convincingly by example,” said Mary Junck, Lee chairman and CEO. “He embodies our company’s core values of advancing strong local news coverage, delivering indispensable value for customers and providing meaningful community leadership. Also, publishers throughout our company have benefited from sales and audience programs he and his teams have developed.”
Masterson, 51, joined Lee in 2000 as publisher of the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota. He advanced to publisher in Northwest Indiana in 2006 and became a group publisher in 2011, also overseeing Lee operations in Kentucky, South Carolina and South Dakota.
“I am extremely excited to assume these additional duties that allow me to continue to live in Northwest Indiana while playing a larger role in the direction we take our company during these exciting and innovative times,” Masterson said.
Since coming to Northwest Indiana, Masterson has been active with efforts to unite Northwest Indiana as a region. He was responsible for creating a movement called “One Region: One Vision,” bringing together leaders of the many varied interests of the area. He also serves on the executive board of directors for the Barden Gary Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, where he is leading a campaign to build a new Boys & Girls Club and Community Center in Gary.
The Times was recognized in 2008 as the fastest-growing English-language newspaper in the country. In 2011, The Times was chosen as one of the top 10 newspapers in the country that “Do it Right” by industry trade magazine Editor & Publisher.
He and his wife, Julie, live in Valparaiso. They have six children and three grandchildren.