Northwest Indiana publisher takes on new duties

Bill Masterson Jr.

Bill Masterson Jr., publisher of The Times Media Co. and a group publisher for Lee Enter­prises, has been promoted to vice president of publishing.

In his new role he will continue as publisher at The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) and will join three other publishing vice presidents who oversee Lee’s print and digital operations in more than 50 markets across 23 states.

He succeeds Michael R. Gulledge, who has taken leadership of Lee’s company-wide sales and marketing initiatives.

Masterson joined Lee in 2000 as publisher of the Rapid City Journal in South Dakota.

He advanced to pub­lisher at The Times in 2006 and became a group publisher in 2011, also overseeing Lee operations in Kentucky, South Caro­lina and South Dakota.

He has held the title of publisher for nearly 25 years, first named to that position at age 27 as publisher of the Black Hills Pioneer in Spearfish, S.D.

He began his news­paper career as a carrier for the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, where in 1976 he was selected as Parade magazine’s Young Columbus Carrier of the Year. He was awarded the key to the city of Lawton, Okla.