Gary Adkisson will take helm at southwestern Pennsylvania newspapers

Press Release | Sample newsgroup

A longtime newspaper executive will soon be returning to Pennsylvania from North Dakota to become vice president of the regional group, overseeing the Kittanning Times Leader, the Connellsville Daily Courier, the Latrobe Bulletin and related publications in southwestern Pennsylvania. All belong to the Sample News Group family of newspapers.

Gary Adkisson will be based in Kittanning and is in the process of relocating from Bismarck, North Dakota, where he was most recently editor of the Bismarck Tribune. The announcement was made this week by George (Scoop) Sample, CEO of Sample News Group.

Among other regional responsibilities, Sample said, Adkisson will be active with the company’s weekly newspapers in Mt. Pleasant and Scottsdale, as well as Your Local Auto and The Trader Shopper, which operate out of Kittanning.

“I’ve known Gary for a long time and admire his forward-thinking style,” said Sample. “We are truly fortunate to have him on our team and I know that Gary is excited to return to Pennsylvania where the core of our community newspaper group is.”

Adkisson was the editor of The Sentinel newspaper in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for three years before relocating to North Dakota in 2017. Both Carlisle and Bismarck are part of the Lee Enterprises newspaper group.

“My wife (Glenda) and I loved our time in Bismarck,” Adkisson said. “We are saddened to leave behind many great friends and colleagues, but excited to be closer to our children and grandchildren, some of whom have lived in Canonsburg for many years. I am excited to join the Sample News Group and look forward to working with the teams in the Western Pennsylvania group.”

Before joining Lee in 2014, Adkisson was general manager of The Paducah Sun in Kentucky. He was also the regional editor of three dailies and 13 weekly publications for Brown Publishing in Ohio. He was a publisher at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in Bluefield, West Virginia, at the Weatherford Democrat in Weatherford, Texas, and at Livermore Publishing in Mineral Wells, Texas.

A native of southeastern Missouri, Adkisson began his career as a district leader with The Tennessean and Nashville Banner in Nashville in 1977 while a student at Welch College.

Tammy Bish, editor of the Sample group in Kittanning, was recently promoted to regional accounting officer for the company. Adkisson will work closely with Bish, Gary Siegel, editor of the Latrobe Bulletin, and Joanne Richey, general manager of the Connellsville Daily Courier.

Sample News Group is a privately owned and local media company based in Pennsylvania. The company operates a dozen dailies across the state, including in Kittanning, Connellsville, Latrobe, Indiana and Bedford.

In addition to its principal Pennsylvania holdings, the Sample group also operates daily and weekly newspapers in New York, New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire. SNG also curates several local websites and operates a number of affiliated weeklies and Shoppers.

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