Ohio Valley publisher and veteran newspaper executive Sammy M. Lopez has been appointed to the position of regional business development director for The Telegraph, located in Alton, Ill. effective Jan. 2.
The announcement was made recently by Joseph Craig, chief revenue officer for Civitas Media, the parent company of The Gallipolis Daily Tribune, The Point Pleasant Register, The Daily Sentinel and The Telegraph.
“I enjoyed working to improve our communities with all the fine people in the Ohio Valley,” said Lopez. “From dipping Ice Cream with Rotarians at the Bob Evans Farm Festival to working on the Spirit of Our Community awards in Point Pleasant, I will miss our friends and associates as I move on to the next chapter.
“I have enjoyed learning about the local culture, music and traditions,” added Lopez. “The newspapers have customers that rely on us every day to bring them news and information, and I want to thank them for reading our newspapers in print and online.”
Lopez, 58, has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 38 years, holding a number of management positions around the country. He most recently was publisher of the Ohio Valley group of newspapers, based in Gallipolis, Ohio.
“Lopez has a rich history in our business and is the right person for this role,” said Michael Bush, president and CEO of Civitas Media. “His depth of experience and extensive community involvement will provide strong leadership for The Telegraph, a newspaper that readers consistently have relied upon to inform, educate and enlighten for more than 175 years.”
Lopez has spent much of his career in the West before moving to Ohio, holding executive positions in Farmington, Las Cruces and Carlsbad, N.M. He has won numerous awards for his personal advertising and journalism skills and was inducted into the New Mexico Press Association Hall of Fame in 2010. He also served as president of the state press association in the 1980s.
Lopez believes the key to success is engaging the community.
“As a media leader, I firmly believe you have to create an atmosphere of trust and transparency,” he said. “Shaking hands, attending events and removing obstacles for our customers is job number one.”
Lopez is a lifelong Rotarian and expects to continue the relationship when he settles into the market.
“I’ll miss my current associations in Ohio, but I’m excited about making new ones … in Alton,” he said.
Lopez will be based in Alton, Ill. and The Telegraph will be his primary focus. As regional business development director, Lopez will be responsible for all advertising, business and community functions of The Telegraph. He will also have oversight of the company’s business development in Jacksonville, Ill., Sedalia, Mo. and LaGrange, Ga.
Lopez and his wife, Kathy, have one daughter, who attends New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. His hobbies include golf, hunting and fishing.
Centrally located in Davidson, N.C., Civitas Media encompasses more than 100 publications, many of which have served their communities for more than a century. Civitas, Latin for “community” or citizen” is a union of four media entities formerly known as Heartland Publications, Freedom Central, Impressions Media and Ohio Community Media. Civitas, which employs more than 1,400 associates across 11 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, publishes 35 daily, 28 weekend editions and 63 weekly publications for a combined circulation of more than 1.6 million.