Editor-in-Chief Kelly Lecker has been appointed Interim Editor of The Dispatch, and Eugene Jackson, Ohio Vice President of Sales and Marketing for LocalIQ and USA Today Network, will be the market leader in Dispatch Operations in Columbus after Alan D. Miller retired on Monday.
Miller, 62, who announced his retirement in September, will be leaving the newspaper Monday after 37 years in the newsroom, and will take a new position as a journalism professor at Denison University. He was a journalist and editor at various levels before becoming editor in 2015. In that capacity, he was also a market leader in Columbus and regional editor for the 21 newsrooms of USA Today Network in Ohio. .
âThe Dispatch media group of websites, newspapers and magazines in Columbus is in good hands with Lecker, Jackson and their teams,â Miller said. “Both are talented leaders who care deeply about the people of Columbus and this region, and the teams they work with are equally dedicated to doing their best for the people of central Ohio.”
Lecker, 49, worked in the newsroom at The Dispatch for almost 18 years as a reporter and editor. She was appointed editor-in-chief in 2020.
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Lecker is a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate who began her career as a journalist in 1994 at the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She also worked as a journalist and editor at The Blade in Toledo.
She started with The Dispatch in 2004 as a reporter covering Southeast Ohio. As a journalist, she has won several journalism awards for her work on immigration issues, agriculture and breaking news. And as an editor, she has helped run a newsroom that has won numerous state and national awards, including the Best Ohio Newspaper for Eight Years in a Row by the Associated Press Media Editors. Association.
Lecker has held various editorial positions with The Dispatch including Deputy Editor, Religious Editor, Digital News Editor, Subway Editor, and Deputy Editor. She is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Columbus.
She grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm on Cheese Factory Road and now lives in the German village with her dog, Fezzik.
âDispatch’s team of talented journalists take their role as the community watchdog very seriously, and I am honored to lead them as they continue to cover the important issues facing the Greater Columbus and Ohio are facing, âLecker said. âTheir work has changed lives and we are working harder than ever to tell the stories of all residents. “
Jackson, 41, has 17 years of media experience in a variety of roles, including executive roles. Prior to coming to Columbus in 2021, Jackson was Senior Sales Manager and Regional Market Leader for five USA Today markets in Illinois.
âEugene is a strong leader who is committed to serving others,â said Allen Jones, regional vice president of ad sales. “He is passionate about the community and brings a forward-thinking approach to the team. We couldn’t ask for a better person to take on this vital role.”
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Prior to working in Illinois, Jackson was senior vice president of advertising and marketing in the Washington, DC area. And earlier, he was regional president and publisher of the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota and the Casper Star Tribune in Wyoming. He was also president and publisher of the Daily Journal in Missouri and director of advertising for the Connecticut Post.
A Virginia Tech graduate, Jackson began his career with the Roanoke Times in Virginia, where he held various advertising executive roles.
Jackson and his wife Holly have three children, Chloe, Gavin and Parker.
âI am thrilled with the opportunity to help run The Columbus Dispatch, especially at this very important time in the company’s history,â Jackson said of his 150th anniversary.
âColumbus has a thriving business climate, and we are a vital part of the Ohio media landscape,â he said. âWe have many talented employees and I want to help navigate the future with them side by side. “