Paper names publisher

Veteran newspaper executive Steve Herron has been named publisher of The Leader-Herald. Herron replaces Pat Beck, who retired in the spring.

Herron, who has worked in the newspaper business for more than 20 years, began his new job Monday. He comes to Gloversville after most recently serving as publisher for the Minot Daily News in North Dakota for the last four years.

“I am very excited to join the publishing team of The Leader-Herald,” said Herron. “The paper has a long history of providing excellent local news, expert advertising and marketing opportunities in both print and online and quality commercial printing. I hope to expand on our services and would welcome feedback from local residents on how we can improve as a newspaper.”

A native of Elkins, W.Va., Herron started his newspaper career with Ogden Newspapers at the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Journal. His newspaper career has afforded him the opportunity to live in multiple cities in West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, North Dakota and now New York.

He has been actively involved in Rotary clubs in multiple states, including a stint as president of the Seymour, Ind., Rotary Club, and has served as a member of the board for the Boys and Girls Club, various chambers of commerce and various local United Way organizations, and is a former chairman of the board for the Minot Area Development Corp. Herron once served as director general of the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, one of West Virginia’s oldest, largest and most successful festivals. He later became director emeritus of that organization in 2002.

“I have always believed that it is important to give back to the community,” said Herron. “In doing so, I have enjoyed building long-lasting friendships all over the country.”

Herron is a graduate of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.

Herron’s daughter, Leia, is a fifth-grade teacher in Charlotte, N.C., and his parents still live in his childhood home in West Virginia.