The Richmond Register

April 23, 2013

After all we’ve accomplished, it’s time to recharge

Reflections from the publisher

By Nick Lewis
Register Publisher

RICHMOND — There’s a rumor running amok that I’m retiring. It’s no rumor; it’s true.

That may shock some of you, but I guess I’ve shocked a lot of folks in this community many times before. That’s just my style.

My tenure as publisher of the Richmond Register will end June 21. I’ve had a good run. Being publisher of the Richmond Register has been very rewarding. Without a doubt, these have been the best of my 40 years in the newspaper business.

The decision to retire is among the toughest I’ve ever made. I certainly will miss parts of my job, although there are many parts I won’t miss.

During the past two years my job, has gotten busier, with changes in our sales and business departments, and all of that change takes a mental toll. As they say, it’s time to smell the roses.

I’ve had the longest tenure of any publisher at the Richmond Register in many years. Candidly, I’ve been here for more years than I thought I would.

During that time, we’ve won many Kentucky Press Association awards. Since 2006, we’ve had three first-place awards, two second-place awards and a third-place award in the General Excellence category. I’m proud of that record and even more proud of the employees who made it happen. They’ve made it look easy.

Shoot, even this old publisher won a second-place award for best editorial — not bad for someone who had never written a column or editorial before becoming publisher.

I guess my proudest achievement began with a question years ago — I don't recall the year — when I spoke at the Exchange Club. By the way, they are a tough bunch of guys, so be ready for anything if you have the opportunity to speak with them.

Someone asked: Five years from now, when you look back, what would you like to have accomplished?

The answer was easy: The Richmond Register will have made a huge difference in this community and have made it a better place to live.

I believe we did that, and I’m proud of it.

I have many people to thank. The most important is my wife, Bonnie. She has been there for me all the way, in good times and bad. I love her dearly for that. I couldn’t have found a more wonderful person with whom to grow old and smell the roses.

Employees, past and present, of the Richmond Register have been wonderful. I thank them from the bottom of my heart, and I wish them all the best as they continue without me. They are dedicated to producing a newspaper that this community desperately needs and can be proud of.

I hope you will continue to support the Richmond Register, so that it may continue to inform, educate and keep our governments honest.

We need your support more now than ever, as all newspapers work through a fragile economic environment. The Richmond Register must endure because it’s hard to imagine a community without a public watchdog.

I should thank many others, but there are so many. If you are one of them, thank you for your support all these years. Without reader feedback and encouragement, this newspaper would not be where it is today. I would not be who I am today.

Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your daily lives. It’s been a real pleasure.

Only time will tell what’s next for me. I plan to take much needed time to recharge and find the passion to once again make a difference. We are not leaving Richmond. This is our home.

With time, I believe doors will open so that I may stay involved and continue working to make this community a better place to work and live. I’m not interested in riding off into the sunset.

This is not my farewell column. There will be others, because I must let Trouble have one last ride, if you know what I mean.