New leadership team appointed at State Journal in Frankfort


A new leadership team has been appointed for The State Journal in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Steve Stewart, who is stepping down as publisher, announced the promotions of Chanda Veno, Meri Latek, Sheri Bunker and Austin Horn, who collectively will lead day-to-day operations.

Stewart will maintain his ownership interest in and continue as president of Frankfort Newsmedia LLC, which publishes The State Journal, FRANK. magazine and related digital products.

Stewart will split his professional time between Frankfort and Smithfield, Virginia, where he owns The Smithfield Times and nearby Coastland Times on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Veno has been promoted from managing editor to editor with full responsibility for news and opinion content in print and online.

Latek has been promoted to advertising director with responsibility for the newspaper’s service to area businesses with effective digital and print marketing solutions.

Veteran State Journal staff member Sheri Bunker is director of customer service, with an emphasis on subscriber relations.

Austin Horn, who joined the SJ’s news staff as a reporter in 2020, has been promoted to director of investigative and depth reporting.

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