Leonard Woolsey honored in Chicago as E&P’s 2023 Publisher of the Year

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Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P) has selected as their 2023 Publisher of the Year Leonard Woolsey, president of Southern Newspapers and publisher of the company’s Galveston County Daily News. Today’s announcement was made live at the America’s Newspapers’ Senior Leadership Conference in Chicago. Woolsey was among numerous reader-generated nominees evaluated by a committee of E&P’s editorial department.

Mike Blinder, E&P publisher, took to the stage during a lunchtime awards program, knowing that Woolsey was in the audience of 150 plus media executives and revealed the selection by presenting a large mock-up poster depicting Woolsey on the magazine’s November 2023 cover.

During the presentation, Blinder cited Woolsey’s over 40 years of news publishing management experience, joining Southern Newspapers in 2014 after working 20 years in publisher positions at Paxton Media Group

He said, “What makes me personally ecstatic that our committee chose Leonard is his innate understanding & commitment to local journalism while still knowing how important it is to keep a steady hand on the tiller of profit & loss.” He quoted a 2020 E&P interview where Woolsey stated, “To be a journalist — particularly at a local newspaper — is a special charge. Local journalism is not about riches and glamour but more of a calling. We must manage every word, every story, every advertisement in our newspapers or affiliated channels with an eye to how we improve the world around us — no matter how uncomfortable or unsettling our role may be.”

Woolsey being congratulated by attendees of the American Newspapers Senior Leadership Conference at the Westin Michigan in Chicago, IL on Monday, October 9, 2023. Photo by Matt Marton

Woolsey is a past president and current chairman of the Texas Press Association and is the Treasurer of America’s Newspapers. He also serves on various local boards in his hometown of Galveston, TX.

Much more about Woolsey will be reported in the November 2023 E&P cover story that has featured a “Publisher of the Year” for over 100 years.

ABOUT E&P: Editor & Publisher Magazine (E&P) is the “Authoritative Voice of #NewsMedia Since 1884, serving Newspapers, Broadcast, Digital and forms of news publishing.”

Published since 1901, E&P initially focused on reporting stories centered on the traditional, legacy news publishing industry, having been described for decades as the “bible of the newspaper industry.” Today, E&P reports on all aspects of news media and multimedia news publishing. E&P still prints a monthly magazine, published online, mailed to news publishing executives, and distributed at yearly news media events.

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