AGN and AJ publishers step down: Being replaced by group publisher

By Dan Butcher

The publishers of the Amarillo Globe News and Lubbock Avalanche Journal both announced on Tuesday that they would be stepping down from their positions. Both of the newspapers are owned by New York based Gatehouse Media.

Long time Amarillo Globe-News Publisher Les Simpson is leaving the position he has held for the past 15 years.

“Serving as publisher has been an honor. The Globe-News is vital to this community and I’m proud of the accomplishments of the newspaper and its employees during my time here.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with some great people at the Globe-News, including many journalists who have produced outstanding work during the last 15 years,” Simpson said. “Globe-News employees have always been committed to the newspaper and the community," Simpson said.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal publisher Brandon Hughes also announced his resignation.

“I have been very fortunate to work with a very talented and committed team. Avalanche-Journal employees are dedicated to providing quality journalism and serving this community. It has been an honor to serve as publisher,” Hughes said.

Simpson and Hughes will remain with the papers until this coming Friday.

GateHouse Media Regional Vice President Matt Guthrie said a group publisher will be named to oversee both papers.

“We are sad to see both Les and Brandon go. The service they gave to their paper and to the communities themselves will be their legacy.

“We will hopefully be naming a new Senior Group Publisher in the next couple of weeks. We have had several great candidates and look forward to the new and exciting ideas this person will bring to the region," Gutherie said.

Simpson and his wife plan to remain in the Amarillo area.

“This has become our home and we are looking forward to the next chapter of our lives. I want to pursue opportunities that will help make Amarillo and the region even better," Simpson said.

Hughes and his wife will continue to live in Lubbock.

“We are proud to call Lubbock our home. We have many wonderful friends here and my family and I are looking forward to continuing being a part of this great community. We are very excited about new opportunities in the future," Hughes said.

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