Mary Junck joined Lee Enterprises in 1999 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She became president in 2000, Chief Executive Officer in 2001 and Chairman in 2002.
She previously held senior executive positions at the former Times Mirror Company. As executive vice president of Times Mirror and president of Times Mirror Eastern Newspapers, she was responsible for Newsday, The Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant, The Morning Call, Southern Connecticut Newspapers and a magazine division. From 1993 to 1997, she was Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Baltimore Sun. She began her career with Knight Ridder at the Charlotte Observer in 1972 and advanced to Assistant Advertising Director at the Miami Herald, assistant to the Knight Ridder Senior Vice President of Operations, and to publisher and president of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
She serves on the board of directors of The Associated Press and is a former board member of the Newspaper Association of America. In Davenport, she serves on the board of DavenportOne and Putnam Museum.
She received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Valparaiso University in Indiana and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Ralph Gibson, have a son and a daughter.
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