Lorie Williston, BC North president of Black Press, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy McLean as publisher of the Williams Lake Tribune and Weekend Advisor.
McLean accepted the position on July 24, replacing former publisher Lisa Bowering.
“I’m honoured to be the publisher of such a long-standing newspaper, in fact the very first of the many Black Press newspapers,” McLean said.
“I hope to be as successful as the individuals who have held the position prior to me.”
Certain there is much to learn, McLean said she is eager to start on this new journey.
Back in 2000, she began her newspaper career at the Advocate.
Soon after her arrival, the Advocate was sold and the Cariboo Advisor was born.
After years as senior sales representative McLean was promoted to sales manager.
When Black Press acquired the Advisor Group in 2010, McLean became publisher.
In September 2013, The Williams Lake Tribune and the Cariboo Advisor merged as one group and McLean accepted the role of marketing director.
“The newspaper industry has seen its share of changes, but I believe strongly that the local community newspaper is a vital part of our city and our future,” McLean said. “Where else can you hold local coverage of news, politics and sports written by some of the most talented reporters you will ever find? Plus our readers now have the accessibility of our website and Facebook page as references.”
“I would like to thank our valued business partners and our cherished readers for their continued support. Without it the Tribune/Weekend Advisor would not be.
“I look forward to working with everyone to help all our local businesses succeed.
“In order to create prosperity in our beautiful city that we all call home it’s important to work as a team, not only in our individual offices, but in our community as well.”
McLean said it has been a challenge the past 14 years, but they have also been the best years of her life.
“I love what I do and am very grateful for the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to meet.”
During the past couple of years, McLean has also been involved with the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of directors.
She has called Williams Lake home for 28 years and has happily raised her family here.