Aug 01

Lee names Biondi as publisher for Waterloo and Mason City

Roy Biondi

Roy Biondi

DAVENPORT, IOWA — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a provider of local news, information and advertising in 50 markets, announced that Roy D. Biondi has been named publisher of The Courier in Waterloo, Iowa and The Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa. He succeeds David Braton, who became publisher of The Bismarck Tribune in March.

“Roy is a … publisher with a record,” said Lee group publisher Chris White. “He fully understands the audiences our products represents. I am confident he can continue to grow that audience with content and use it to help advertisers reach the communities of the Cedar Valley and Mason City.”

Biondi, 54, is currently vice president and group publisher for Consumer New Services/ThisWeek Community News in central Ohio. He begins his new role on July 5, 2016.

“The Courier and the The Globe Gazette are local newspapers,” Biondi said. “I’m eager to get to work meeting local leaders and business owners and begin the process of building relationships in the community,” Biondi said.

“I look forward to serving the readers and advertisers in Waterloo and Mason City.”

Before joining Dispatch Media Group in 2007, Biondi was a publisher of newspapers, magazines and niche publications in Overland Park, Kansas; Olean, New York; and Ada, Oklahoma. He has served as a corporate circulation consultant in Kansas City, Missouri and as circulation director in several markets including: Woonsocket, Rhode Island; and Hanover, Pennsylvania. He held circulation positions in several markets including Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Biondi is a former board member of the Local Media Association. He has served as the president of the United Way of Olean New York and is a former Board member of Ada City School Foundation.

Biondi is a native of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He and his wife, Dawn, have three children.

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