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Lee Enterprises Honors 2014 Enterprise of the Year Finalists

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Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE:LEE) announced today the selection of four Enterprise of the Year Finalists for 2014, honoring superior performance in key business and customer measures.

Mary Junck, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Kevin Mowbray, vice president and chief operating officer, said the four finalists for the company’s highest honor were selected from among more than 50 divisions in 22 states, representing print and digital daily newspaper operations, regional agricultural publications and nationwide digital services.

“Even among many others that came close,” they said, “these four enterprises stood out for delivering the most impressive results in audience, revenue and overall growth, as well as for providing exceptional service to subscribers, advertisers and other customers.”

The 2014 Enterprise of the Year Finalists are:

  • Times Media Company of Northwest Indiana, based in Munster, Enterprise of the Year in 2010 and also a finalist in 2012 and 2013. The Times and NWI.com are Northwest Indiana’s media leaders in local news, information, advertiser services and community partnerships, and NWI.com has the second largest audience of any website in the state. The publisher is Chris White. – More about The Times
  • The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, also a finalist in 2013. The Sentinel, which dates to 1861, serves Cumberland County in Central Pennsylvania. Its cumberlink.com reaches more than 200,000 unique visitors each month with nearly 2 million page views. The publisher, Mark Heintzelman, was promoted in September to lead the Missoulian in Montana. Stephen Peterson, controller, is interim publisher. - More about The Sentinel
  • The World in Coos Bay, Oregon. It serves Coos County surrounding communities in western Douglas and northern Curry counties, also publishing Bandon Western World and The Umpqua Post. The publisher, Jeff Precourt, was promoted in September to be publisher of the Albany Democrat-Herald and the Corvallis Gazette-Times, also in Oregon. - More about The World
  • TownNews.com, a Lee Enterprises subsidiary that provides state-of-the-art digital publishing and revenue services to more than 1,600 news organizations, producing more than 1 billion advertising impressions, and nearly three-quarters of 1 billion page views monthly. Members include daily and weekly newspapers, TV and radio stations, shoppers and specialty publications from groups and independents in all 50 states and Canada. TownNews.com is headquartered in Moline, Illinois. TownNews also was an Enterprise of the Year Finalist in 2004, 2008 and 2012. The chief executive officer is Marc Wilson, and the president and chief operating officer is Brad Ward. - More about TownNews.com

Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news, information and advertising services in its markets, with 46 daily newspapers and a joint interest in four others, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 22 states. Lee’s markets include St. Louis, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; Davenport, Iowa; Billings, Montana; Bloomington, Illinois; and Tucson, Arizona. Lee Common Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE. For more information about Lee, please visit lee.net.

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