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About Us

About Us

Lexington Herald-Leader

838 E. High Street #305

Lexington, KY 40502


Mission Statement:

We are committed to being Central and Eastern Kentucky’s primary source of news, advertising, information and commentary with the highest standards of journalism and superior customer service. We endeavor to be a rewarding and caring employer and a force for positive change in the community.

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The Lexington Herald traces its roots to 1870 and the Lexington Leader to 1888. Leader owner John G. Stoll bought the Herald in 1937; Knight Newspapers bought them in 1973. The papers merged Jan. 1, 1983. The McClatchy Company acquired the paper in 2006 with its purchase of Knight Ridder.

Key Executives:

Peter Baniak, Editor and General Manager

Michael D. Wells, Director of Human Resources

General Hiring Contact:

Michael Wells at 859-231-3104 or


The Lexington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Fayette, Bourbon, Clark, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford counties. The population growth in the MSA is expected to be 11.4 percent by 2020. The diverse economy is fueled more by services than manufacturing.

Circulation Area:

70 counties in Central, Eastern and South-Central Kentucky.


159,826 daily; 190,057 Sunday Circulation

(Sources: Dec. 31, 2016, Alliance for Audited Media & Scarborough, 2016, Release 2. DMA all 40 counties.)


Online audience:

13,932,767 page views per month; 2,063,045 monthly unique visitors.

Combined audience (print and online):

348,400 (in market unduplicated)


Frankfort, Somerset and Pikeville

Pulitzer Prizes:

2000 for Editorial Cartooning, Joel Pett; 1992 for Editorial Writing, Maria Henson; 1986 for Investigative Reporting, Mike York and Jeff Marx.

McClatchy News Ethics Policy

These ethical guidelines for McClatchy newsrooms outline the values and standards that guide our journalism. No policy can address every conflict that may arise in our day-to-day work. It’s the responsibility of each McClatchy journalist to use good judgment and confer with news managers if the answer to an ethical question is not completely clear.

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