Newsman ends 50-year carer


Tom Lindley has called it a career in the newspaper business after more than 50 years.

Well before he was editor and later publisher of what was then known as The Evening News (Jeffersonville), Lindley said he knew where he belonged.

He grew up around newspapers, living a few blocks from The Evening News’ office. His family got three newspapers a day delivered to their home. On his mother’s side of the family, Lindley is related to several journalists, including one who landed with Gen. Patton at Normandy in World War II.

Lindley, 68, began his career working for The Hyphen, Jeffersonville High School’s student newspaper. After he graduated in 1964, Lindley found himself taking weekend sports assignments for The Evening News.

After graduating from Indiana State University’s journalism program, Lindley briefly returned to Jeffersonville before moving to Evansville to work for the Evansville Sunday Courier and Press, a weekly in a town with two daily newspapers.

Some time after his arrival, one of Lindley’s editors found his way to The Birmingham Post-Herald, and Lindley was offered a job working sports.

Lindley stayed in Birmingham from 1978 to 1985 before departing for the Pittsburgh Press’ sports department for a two-year stint. Then it was back to Alabama to work as the capital bureau chief for the Birmingham News, the largest paper in Alabama’s largest city.

During his career he also worked as a national sports columnist for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. and edited CNHI’s national news wire.

But he wanted to edit his hometown newspaper, and in 1995 he was named editor of The Evening News, now the News and Tribune. Lindley transitioned into the position of publisher some months later.

“It’s been a great career,” Lindley said. “It’s been tremendously rewarding. … You hope you’ve made some con­tributions along the way.”

– News and Tribune (Jeffersonville)