LEO Weekly Editor Takes New Gig in Nashville, News Editor Will Take Over

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009


Stephen George
502.895.9770 x.206
502.386.4560 (cell)
sgeorge (at) leoweekly.com

Sarah Kelley
News Editor
502.895.9770 x.204
skelley (at) leoweekly.com

Chris Ferrell
CEO, SouthComm
(615) 298-9833
cferrell (at) southcomm.com

Stephen George, editor of the alternative newsweekly Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO Weekly), is leaving the position to become editor of the Nashville City Paper as of Jan. 11, 2010.

George, a Louisville native, has been with LEO Weekly since January 2005, and has served as music editor, staff writer, city editor, managing editor and editor, a post he took over in May 2008.

“It has been a distinct honor to be able to write and report about my hometown on the unique and vital platform LEO Weekly offers, and part of me is sad to walk away,” George said. “At the same time, I am excited to join the well established team at the Nashville City Paper, which covers the city’s news, business, sports and entertainment with the kind of energy and vigor to which I’ve become accustomed.”

The City Paper is owned by Nashville-based SouthComm, which purchased LEO Weekly in May 2008. SouthComm also owns The Nashville Scene, among other publications.

Sarah Kelley, LEO Weekly news editor since May 2008, will become editor of the newsweekly Jan. 1. Kelley, also a Louisville native, has worked as a reporter and city editor at The Journal Newspapers, a reporter at the Washington, D.C.-based Washington Examiner and The Legal Times, and as a staff writer at The Nashville Scene.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to serve as editor of LEO Weekly and to maintain the paper’s longstanding reputation as an invaluable source for local news, informed commentary and arts coverage,” Kelley said. “This publication has been an institution in Louisville for two decades, and I am looking forward to building on that tradition.”

Kelley will be the first female editor of LEO Weekly.

As well, LEO Weekly has hired Jonathan Meador as a staff writer. Meador, also a Louisville native, has contributed extensively to the newsweekly’s print and web editions for the past year. He begins Jan. 1.

LEO Weekly was established by John Yarmuth in 1990. Yarmuth, now a U.S. representative, sold the newsweekly in 2003.