Local boy makes good

Former Falmouth Enterprise Editor moves up, WAY UP !

Mickey PhelpsA couple decades ago Michael Phelps was a feisty, young Editor at The Falmouth Enterprise. Always "ahead of the curve", Mike helped me cobble together something called "The Cape Cod Newspaper Group" made up of the four biggest Cape Cod weeklies of that era.

Unlike most of his inky ilk, he knew as much about marketing as he did about journalism, and he quickly moved up, up and away.

Among the stops on his flight was teaching journalism at Emerson College in Boston while being solicited by many of the nation's largest dailies to mentor their moves into the 21st century.

Mike even remade the industry trade journal Editor & Publisher about ten years ago before heading to the mid west as a vice president of Lee Enterprises, Inc.  (NYSE: LEE), and publisher of the Quad-City Times. In addition to his responsibilities as publisher in Davenport, Phelps oversaw newspapers in eastern Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Kentucky.

On to Washington and San Francisco 

Today Mike announced today that he is leaving Lee Enterprises to join Clarity Media Group as a general executive. Clarity, based in Denver, publishes The Examiner in San Francisco and The Examiner in Washington, D.C.

Before joining Lee in February 2000 as vice president, sales and marketing, he had worked with some of Lee’s newspapers, as well as with other newspapers such as The Boston Globe and The Hartford Courant, as an internationally known newspaper consultant. He has been a business newspaper owner, newspaper group president and publisher, managing editor, news editor and reporter.

He is an adjunct faculty member for the journalism school at Michigan State University, and previously directed the master’s program in media management at Emerson College in Boston. He has led seminars or been a speaker for the American Press Institute, the International Newspaper Marketing Association, the National Newspaper Association, the Inter-American Press Association, the International Media Fund and The Freedom Forum. After the end of the “Iron Curtain,” he visited Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union on five occasions to train and consult for publishers there.

Mike has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a master of arts degree in journalism from Michigan State. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard. He is married to the former Adrienne Miller and has two adult children from a previous marriage and a grandson. 

Mike can be reached at (563) 383-2224 or [email protected]

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