The Standard Journal is entering a new era of leadership with the promotion of Lisa Widick to general manager.
Widick, formerly the advertising manager at the newspaper, began working at the Standard Journal in 1998 and has lived in the Upper Valley since 1992.
“I love the newspaper, I love this community and the two together just make perfect sense,” Widick said. “I love being able to have a hand in helping our local businesses succeed. I love spreading the word about what’s happening in all the little communities that make up the Upper Valley. The Standard Journal employees make up a great team and we all work well together. We’ll be able to continue to produce a great community newspaper.”
Andy Pennington has been named publisher and president of the Standard Journal and looks forward to the next chapter in the newspaper’s history with Widdick as general manager.
“We’re excited to have Lisa in a leadership role and I’m very confident our readers will find the Standard Journal to be an even more relevant part of their lives,” said Pennington, who is also publisher and president of the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello. “Our commitment to local journalism remains strong and we’re excited to move forward with innovative ideas that will put the Standard Journal at the forefront of the media landscape.”
Widick was born and raised in Indiana. A month after she graduated from high school her family moved to eastern Wyoming and she soon found herself working for her local newspaper.
“I grew up with a newspaper in the house and was taught how important it was to read and seek knowledge from it daily, so it only seemed fitting that the only job I could find was with the local newspaper,” Widick said. “My job was picking the lead story and laying out the front page before it went to press at 2 in the morning.”
Widick met her husband Denny in 1986 and they lived in St. Anthony from 1992 to 2012 before moving to Rexburg, where they currently reside with their Shih Tzu Ozzy and three-legged cat Skittles.
Widick’s career with the Standard Journal began in 1998 as an advertising assistant but she soon was promoted to circulation manager and then she became classifieds manager. In 2006 she left the Standard Journal to work as a property manager for a large Rexburg apartment community but she returned in 2014 as the newspaper’s new advertising manager.
The Standard Journal and Idaho State Journal are both owned by the Seattle-based Pioneer News Group.
“Since returning to the Standard Journal, Lisa has taken on an increased leadership role for the company,” said Eric Johnston, Pioneer’s chief operating officer. “Her promotion to general manager is a natural progression of her talent and her commitment to our company and the community.”
Widick said she would have never guessed back in 1982 working until the early morning hours at her first newspaper job that she would one day be the general manager of the Standard Journal.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me by Pioneer, indebted to my husband for always standing by my side and blessed to be a part of such great communities,” she said. “My door is always open and I look forward to leading the Standard Journal to the next level.”