Stephanie Spiess has been named publisher of The Argus Observer, a Wick Communications daily in Ontario, Oregon, and its sibling weekly publication, the Independent-Enterprise in Payette, Idaho.
“Wick Communications is proud to bring someone of Stephanie’s caliber to The Observer” said Wick Communications Group Publisher Ken Harty.
Spiess’ most recent assignment for Wick was as publisher of the Sidney (Montana) Herald, where she had been publisher since October 2016.
Prior to joining Wick, she was in Portsmouth and then London, Ohio, for Civitas Media properties, where she served as an advertising representative from 2008 to 2010, as regional online sales manager from 2010 to 2014, and as general manager from 2014 to 2016.
“I can’t wait to start this new journey in Ontario with The Observer and hope to help grow the relationship between The Observer and community as the number one source for local news in the area,” Spiess said. “My goal is to build up the relationship between the local community and the newspaper and for The Argus Observer to be the first place that readers turn to when they want to know that’s going.”
“We’re excited to see one of our own have the opportunity to lead this storied franchise serving Ontario and the many beautiful communities making up the western treasure valley region. Stephanie showcases the best of a media leader, with positivity and enthusiasm to serve the community through strong local journalism and ways to assist local business succeed in their marketing efforts,” said Francis Wick, CEO of Wick Communications.