Rick Welch, publisher of The Messenger in Madisonville, has been named group publisher of Paxton Media Group’s Northwest Kentucky Newspaper Group.
The group includes The Messenger, the newly acquired Providence Journal-Enterprise and Dawson Springs Progress, and the Grayson County News-Gazette.
Welch’s career began as a sports writer, columnist and account executive for the Gary Post-Tribune in Indiana. From there he became regional advertising director of the Herald News Group in Merrillville, Indiana. Next he became advertising manager of Nixon Newspaper’s Wabash (Indiana) Plain Dealer and then advertising manager of the Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press.
KPA’s President in 2015, Rick began his career with Paxton Media Group as publisher of the Frankfort (Indiana) Times in 2001. He was then named publisher of the Michigan City (Indiana) News-Dispatch and New Buffalo Times in Michigan in 2005. Later he became publisher of the Madisonville Messenger in 2008 and then in 2016 was named group publisher of PMG’s Princeton Indiana Group of newspapers which includes the Mt. Carmel (Illinois) Register, Princeton (Indiana) Daily Clarion and the Booneville (Indiana) Standard. In 2017 he was named group publisher of PMG’s Southern Kentucky Newspaper Group, which consists of the Russellville News Leader & Democrat, the Franklin Favorite, and the Portland Leader and the Macon County Times in Tennessee.
That group will be taken over by Brandon Cox, who has been named publisher of the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville, which was purchased in November by PMG.
Welch has served on the executive boards of the Hoosier State Press Association and the Kentucky Press Association. Welch holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Indiana University Bloomington.