A veteran journalist with more than three decades in the business has joined The Madisonville Messenger as editor.
Mike Alexieff comes to the newspaper from South Carolina, where he was content/writing coach at the Anderson Independent Mail, but he has strong ties to Kentucky.
“A newspaper is vital to the community it serves,” Alexieff said. “It informs, it entertains, it helps a community identify and solve problems, and it celebrates the successes of that community and its residents.”
Publisher Rick Welch said he is glad to have someone with Alexieff’s experience leading the newsroom.
“Mike has worked at small papers and large papers,” Welch said. “He has also worked in several different parts of the country. The breadth and depth of his knowledge of the industry will no doubt raise the quality of journalism at The Messenger.”
Alexieff has more than 32 years in the business as a reporter and editor. In Kentucky, he has served as managing editor of the Daily News in Bowling Green, city editor of the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer and editor of The Eagle Post in Oak Grove. He has also worked at papers in Texas and Arizona.
Alexieff said his first few weeks on the job will be spent getting to know Madisonville and Hopkins County.
“I’ve learned that listening is more valuable than talking,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the people of Hopkins County and I invite readers, and nonreaders, to call, email or stop by and visit with me.”
Alexieff also said he is eager to meet with civic clubs, groups and organizations.
“There is no doubt our industry is changing, and the days when the editor unilaterally determined what is and isn’t news are long gone,” he said. “It’s important that we have as much input as possible as we identify and report on the issues important to Madisonville and Hopkins County.”
Alexieff can be reached by phone at 270-824-3221 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Messenger’s office is at 221 S. Main in Madisonville.
Alexieff is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He has been married to his wife, Angie, for 22 years. They have two children, Stephen, 18, and Grace, 16.
Alexieff takes over from Luke Short, who resigned.