Venita Fritz has been named general manager of the Eddyville Herald Ledger and the Princeton Times Leader.
A nearly 20-year veteran of Paxton Media Group, Fritz has served in various roles at both the Paducah Sun and the Tribune-Courier in Benton. She first joined the organization in 2000 as a sales representative handling major and national accounts at the Paducah Sun, then later was promoted to the position of advertising manager. In 2007, she became general manager at the Tribune Courier. She will continue to manage the weekly newspaper in Benton, while overseeing the papers in Eddyville and Princeton.
Fritz has dedicated much of her career to community journalism and believes local newspapers have never been more important than now in keeping citizens informed of important issues and events which impact their lives.
"Oftentimes, local newspaper reporters are the only media at fiscal court and city council meetings, school board meetings and other important meetings within a small community. I believe we are the conduit between the public and the important decisions that can directly impact their lives." said Fritz. "I realize the explosion of social media has changed the way many people access information but I remain firmly convinced that newspapers are the most accurate source of news across our small communities."
Matt Jones, General Manager of The Paducah Sun, said Fritz's experience with community journalism will be an asset to the employees and readers of The Herald Ledger and The Times Leader.
"Venita has a proven record of building strong teams within our properties. She will be a valuable resource to the employees at both papers and will work to maintain the local content of the two papers.
Fritz's office will be based in Benton where she resides.