LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Neil Budde, who spent eight years at The Courier-Journal before eventually becoming publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online and later general manager and editor in chief of Yahoo News, is returning to Kentucky's largest newspaper as executive editor.
Budde replaces Bennie Ivory, who spent 16 years at the newspaper before retiring in July.
The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1esNi5J ) said president and publisher Wes Jackson introduced Budde to the newspaper staff Thursday, and he starts work on Monday. The newspaper said he will oversee print and digital news-gathering operations, the editorial page and Gannett's Louisville Design Studio, which designs and edits nearly two dozen newspapers.
Budde has worked since the late 1980s to develop strategies integrating journalism with new digital platforms.
"Neil is an extremely accomplished news media executive and is a perfect fit for The Courier-Journal as we evolve to engage audiences with great journalism via print, desktop, mobile devices and through social media," Jackson said in a message to the news staff.
The 57-year-old Budde is a Western Kentucky University and University of Louisville graduate and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. He served as copy editor, business reporter and assistant business editor during his stint at The Courier-Journal, which began in 1978.
He became deputy editorial director at Dow Jones News Retrieval in 1987 and in 1993 began developing what would be the Wall Street Journal's Internet publication. With Budde as editor, the Wall Street Journal Online took off three years later.
He later became publisher, and the service grew to nearly 700,000 paid subscriptions, making it the largest paid subscription news site on the Internet.
Budde has also led news provider DailyMe.com and served as CEO of AxisPhilly, a news gathering operation affiliated with Temple University.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com