By Ashley Sutter, The Sentinel News
Anna St. Charles took over as publisher at The Sentinel-News this week, replacing Scott Moore who left after being name publisher at The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown.
With more than 30 years of newspaper experience, St. Charles is eager to settle into her role at a community-focused paper.
“I feel really lucky to be here and really honored to be in this role,” she said. “I love being here, I love coming here every day. The people here are great and really care about what they are doing and have a real commitment to the newspaper.”
Born in Louisville, St. Charles moved to Shelby County at a young age, attending Southside Elementary School through third grade before moving to Frankfort.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1987 with degrees in advertising and marketing she started working with the Lexington Herald-Leader.
“That was the beginning of my newspaper career,” she said. Over the next 31 years she served in a variety of roles in multiple markets including The Centre Daily Times in Pennsylvania and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans before returning to Kentucky, where she served as V.P. of advertising for The Courier Journal.
St. Charles said she’s eager to bring her work even more full circle, returning to town she once called home to serve a more community-focused market.
“After thirty years in the newspaper business, I was on the business side, I was working for larger metro papers and cooperate offices, and I felt like with the way the industry is changing and the way people read newspapers are changing, the community market was very appealing,” she said. “It was where I believe the best work is being done by people who really care about what’s happening in their community and care about being truthful and honest and factual and sharing information, whether it be news or advertising information, that really benefits the people in the community.”
St. Charles said The Sentinel-News provided a great opportunity to wrap up her career in a community market that is close to home while doing work that is worthwhile.
St. Charles live in Louisville with her husband Jim Hines. She has a son, Alex and two step-sons, Tristan and Clay.
The family also has a German shepherd named Kody, whom they adore.
St. Charles said they enjoy gardening and is looking forward to learning more about the Shelby community.
“First and foremost I want to get to know the community again, reacquaint myself with Shelbyville and the surrounding areas,” she said, noting she wants to get to know the people of Shelby County. In addition, she looks to help The Sentinel-News “grow and prosper and be a strong, contributing member to the business community and serve the community,” she said. “I think it’s important that we are serving the community and giving the information they need and want.”