Rufus M. Friday
President & Publisher Lexington Herald-Leader

Rufus M. Friday joined the Lexington Herald-Leader & media company in June 2011 as the seventh president and publisher in its history, after serving six and a half years as president and publisher at the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington state.

Rufus is a 32-year newspaper veteran, a North Carolina native and graduate from North Carolina State University. 

He began his newspaper career at the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1984. In 1992, he began an 11-year span with the  Gannett Company (parent company of USA Today) directing circulation divisions for the company in the states of Tennessee, Illinois and Alabama. 

He joined the Sacramento, California based McClatchy Company (parent company of the Lexington Herald-Leader) in 2003.

Rufus is active in the newspaper industry association as a member of the board of directors for the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association as well. Rufus also currently serves in the community on the board of directors for the United Way of the Bluegrass, the University of Kentucky, College of Communication and Information National Advisory Board, the American Heart Association-Central Kentucky, the Bluegrass Community Foundation, the Lexington Industrial Foundation and the Hope Center

Friday and his wife, Melody, have been married for 34 years and have a daughter, Chanel, who is a graduate of the University of Kentucky in the College of Communication and Information.