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Speer joins A-T as publisher

Jeremy Speer

A St. Clairsville native who grew up in the newspaper business has been named The Advertiser-Tribune’s new leader.

Jeremy Speer, 36, is the new publisher of the newspaper, and his first day on the job was Monday.

Speer said he knew Tiffin from a dot on the map and decided to travel there with his wife, Betsy, who is a high school English teacher. They have two children, Isabelle 9, and Juliet 4.

Speer said he wants to be a positive force.

He said he and his family are excited to be in Tiffin. They left a lot of roots they are tearing up and spent 14 years in a community where they grew up, he said.

“This is worth it,” he said.

Speer said The Advertiser-Tribune has a dedicated staff and a number of people who have been there a long time and do a good job. He said he met people who were kind and seem passionate about what they do.

Speer grew up around newspapers, and his first job was delivering them.

He said his parents met as reporters at The Wheeling Intelligencer, and he spent the first five years of his life in the St. Clairsville area. When he was 5, his family moved to Michigan, where his father was the publisher and his mother was the lifestyles editor at The Alpena News.

Speer said he loves to write and realized pretty quickly he wanted to follow in his family footsteps.

He obtained a degree in journalism with a news editorial concentration from Central Michigan University and served as the sports editor of Central Michigan Lifestyles.

He was hired in Gaylord as the sports editor right out of college.

Speer recalled the publisher asking if he’d be interested in being the editor.

“There was an editor change,” he said.

Speer accepted the position.

He served as special publications director and sports director and recently was named the innovation director for Northern Michigan Review, working out of Gaylord. Petoskey News-Review, Gaylord Herald Times and Charlevoix Courier all are owned by the same company.

Herald Times won seven straight newspaper of the year awards in its class through Michigan Press Association and also won Suburban Newspapers of America’s national newspaper of the year.

Speer said he loves the news industry, seeing the paper from beginning to end, and the leadership aspect of it. Everyone needs to know about their community, he said.

Speer follows Bart Leath, who had served as The Advertiser-Tribune’s interim publisher for several months.

To contact Speer, send an email to jspeer@advertiser-tribune.com or call (419) 448-3200.

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