OGDEN — Lee Carter announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the year as publisher and vice president of the Standard-Examiner.
Upon his retirement, Carter will become director of special projects at the management arm of the Standard-Examiner’s parent company.
Carter has been publisher of the Standard since 2005. His career at various Sandusky Newspapers Inc., publications spans 37 years.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with outstanding and highly dedicated employees throughout my career, and I have found none more talented than those working for the Standard-Examiner,” Carter said.
“While media companies in general and newspapers in particular have faced some difficult times in the last five years, the Standard has met these challenges head-on and is in an excellent position looking toward the future,” he said.
“I believe strongly that our company is well-positioned to take advantage of many new and exciting opportunities, some of which we can only imagine at this point. I am very bullish about the future. As I leave, the Standard-Examiner is profitable and bucking the trends that many other traditional media companies have faced.”
David Rau, CEO of Sandusky Newspapers Inc., said, “We will miss Lee at Ogden but enjoy his abilities in his new role. I have watched him, over the large part of his career, grow, adapt and become a fine leader. He has met and overcome many challenges with determination and a refreshing sense of humor.
“He’s a pleasure to work with, and I thank him with a deep sense of gratitude for all his fine work in Ogden and throughout his career.”
Carter began his newspaper career right out of school in the circulation department of the Sandusky (Ohio) Register. He quickly advanced to the position of circulation director.
In 1996, he was promoted to publisher of the company’s Grand Haven (Mich.) Tribune and returned to the Sandusky Register as publisher in 2002.
Carter said his immediate plans are to remain in Ogden while his wife of 33 years, Sally Fultz Carter, continues her work as a volunteer coordinator with United Way of Northern Utah.
“I thank my wife for supporting me in my career, following me from Ohio to Michigan and back to Ohio and then to Utah,” Carter said.
“In each community, she has been recognized as an outstanding community resource. Her involvement has always been a tremendous asset to my career and to the newspapers where we served.
“Life is a book with many chapters. This one is ending, but another is just beginning, and I look forward with great anticipation and excitement to the new challenges and opportunities it will surely bring.”
Doug Phares, president of Sandusky Newspaper Group, said he will immediately begin a search for a new publisher for the Standard-Examiner.