Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Long time editor/publisher to step down from position at The J-E

Departure ends Hust Family’s 53 year involvement with the J-E

Staff Report
This week the staff of The Journal-Enterprise bids a fond farewell to longtime publisher and editor of the newspaper, Charlie Hust, who has been active in the J-E almost non-stop since his family acquired the paper in 1962 when he was six years old.

“I’ve worked at The J-E since I was six years old when my dad and mom (Edd and Sue Hust) purchased it in 1962, so I’ve grown up in this business,” Hust said in a previous statement. “I came back to the business after graduating from college in 1980 and have been working full-time ever since. I feel very blessed and fortunate to have been able to work in a family business with my mom and dad all these years. It’s been an honor to carry on their legacy after their retirement. The entire Hust family is very appreciative of all the people in this community and the surrounding area for their support of the newspaper.”

Hust and his siblings sold the paper to the Kentucky New Era on October 1, 2014. Since then, he has stepped down as managing editor but retained his position as sports editor for the last year. That is a fitting departure for a man who has spent much of his life in or around the sporting world.

After graduating from Providence High School, Hust attended Georgetown University, where he played baseball. Years later he would serve as head coach of the Webster County High School baseball team. In recent years Hust has been quietly working as an NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball official.

For at least the near future, that continues to be the future for Hust. Without the responsibility of the newspaper to hold him down, he is already filling his fall/winter schedule with officiating dates.

“I’m not finished and I’ve already got more games scheduled than I did last year,” Hust said.
“Charlie will be missed,” said Matt Hughes, the newspaper’s current editor. “He has meant a lot to the J-E and the community. He’s also meant a lot to me. He gave me a chance to try my hand in this business when nobody else would.”

Hust’s last official day with the newspaper will end when he delivers this week’s newspapers.

“Charlie has been a major asset to The Journal-Enterprise through the years,” said Taylor Hayes, publisher and CEO of the  Kentucky New Era News Group. “We were grateful to have him stay on with us during the last year. His guidance and advice have helped our staff at The J-E through this transition.

“Charlie laid the foundation of a great community asset. It is our goal to continue to build upon what he started.”

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