Welch named publisher of Paxton’s Southern Kentucky Newspaper Group

Rick Welch

Madisonville Messenger publisher, Rick Welch, has been named group publisher overseeing Paxton Media Group’s Southern Kentucky Newspaper Group.  

The Southern Kentucky Newspaper Group consists of the Franklin Favorite and WFRN radio in Franklin, the News-Democrat Leader in Russellville, the Grayson County News Gazette in Leitchfield, the Portland Leader in Portland, TN and the Macon County Times in Lafayette, TN.

Welch will also remain publisher at the The Messenger in Madisonville. He had served on the Executive Committee of the Hoosier State Press Association in Indiana before coming to Kentucky. And it didn’t take long for Rick to become a member of the KPA Board of Directors. Eventually he worked his way onto the KPA Executive Committee and served as President of the organization in 2015.


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