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Lee Enterprises Outlines Digital Strategies

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At its annual meeting of stockholders today, Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE:LEE) , a major provider of local news, information and advertising in 50 markets, will provide a review of its digital sales and audience strategies, along with a financial update.

The presentation is available at It includes remarks by Mary Junck, chairman and chief executive officer; Kevin Mowbray, vice president and chief operating officer; and Carl Schmidt, vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

“As we recently reported, Lee is off to a strong start in 2015,” Junck said. “We grew digital revenue at a double-digit pace, continued to reduce expenses, again posted strong cash flow, and reduced our debt further. Those reasons position us well for the future.”


Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information, and a major platform for advertising, 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 newspapers have circulation of 1.1 million daily and 1.5 million Sunday, reaching over three million readers in print alone. Lee’s websites and mobile and tablet products attracted 27.6 million unique visitors in December 2014. Lee’s markets include St. Louis, MO; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Davenport, IA; Billings, MT; Bloomington, IL; and Tucson, AZ. Lee Common Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LEE. For more information about Lee, please visit

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