Rodney K. Mahone has been named president and publisher of the Ledger-Enquirer, the company said Tuesday.
Mahone replaces Valerie D. Canepa, who has been publisher of Columbus’ major daily newspaper since 2007. She plans to leave the newspaper industry, returning to school to pursue a master’s degree and a career in social services.
Canepa’s last day is Dec. 3, while Mahone will become publisher Dec. 6.
“The newspaper industry and the Ledger-Enquirer have experienced a tremendous amount of change in the last few years,” Mahone, who was promoted from vice president of advertising at the Ledger-Enquirer, said in a statement. “Despite all of that change, a few things have remained constant — the Ledger-Enquirer is still the number one source of news and information in the community, we remain a value for advertisers, and we’ve got an excellent group of employees who give 150 percent every day. I’m proud to work with them.”
The change in leadership at the Ledger-Enquirer was announced before a large gathering of employees by Bob Weil, vice president of operations with Sacramento, Calif.-based The McClatchy Company, the local newspaper’s parent company. He praised Mahone, who has been with the Ledger-Enquirer since 1990, for his “deep personal and professional connection with Columbus and the surrounding communities. He understands the significant contributions a healthy and vibrant Ledger-Enquirer can offer the community and he’s committed to securing the future.”
Canepa, 51, has been with McClatchy since 1995, including stints as assistant metro editor of The Fresno Bee in Fresno, Calif., and president and publisher of The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C.
“I’ll miss the daily interaction with the staff here in Columbus and the energy of working for a newspaper,” Canepa said in a statement. “At the same time, I’m ready for new challenges and excited about what the future holds.”
Mahone, 43, started his career as a part-time Ledger-Enquirer circulation zone manager in 1990. He moved to advertising the following year and has been there since then, being promoted to advertising director in 2009.