The Empire-Tribune is excited to announce the hiring of a new publisher who will oversee the E-T and Glen Rose Reporter, Kari Sleight.

Sleight has a long history in the newspaper industry dating back to her high school days where she worked in the advertising department, moving on to the local paper after high school.

“I started out in classified sales and worked my way up to a classified supervisor position,” she said.

After taking a break to get married and start a family, Sleight found herself returning to her passion in 1986 with Wick Communications, a family-owned newspaper company based in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

In 1995 Wick Communications purchased a property in Wasilla, Alaska and when the publisher position came open Sleight took it and spent the next 14 years there.

“It was the home of Sarah Palin, so when she was announced as the vice presidential candidate, we had a media firestorm descend on Wasilla like they’ve never seen before,” Sleight said. “I knew (Palin) on a personal level, still know her on a personal level, she was the mayor of Wasilla when I went up there so she was one of the first people I met. It was an experience and it was phenomenal.”

After the 14 years in Alaska, Sleight moved to Shelton, Washington to be the publisher there and then took some time off from the newspaper industry after her husband’s passing in 2014.

With newspapers being her passion, Sleight couldn’t stay away and started interviewing for publisher positions, including the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

“I was really excited to get the call from Gatehouse about Stephenville and the minute I drove into town I knew that I had to have this job,” she said. “I just fell in love with the town itself. This is a place that I know I can call home and intend to make it my home.”

Sleight said she looks forward to connecting with the community and can be reached by email at ksleight@gatehousemedia.com.

“I am excited to have someone of Kari’s experience at the Empire-Tribune. I know she will bring a fresh outlook and energy to the paper,” Matt Guthrie, senior group publisher, said. “We have gone far too long without a publisher on site. I look forward to working with her."