Olympian publisher to retire in late January

Olympian publisher and editorial page editor George Le Masurier plans to retire in late January, after 13 years with McClatchy papers in Gig Harbor, Puyallup and Olympia.

Brad Shannon, The Olympian’s longtime political editor and statehouse reporter, will step into the role of editorial page editor for The Olympian.

Le Masurier was named publisher of Olympic Cascade, which publishes the Peninsula Gateway and the Puyallup Herald, in 2001. He became publisher of The Olympian in 2009, later dropping his role with Olympic Cascade. In June 2012, he added the role of editorial page editor of The Olympian. He also serves as contract manager of the Northwest Guardian, the base newspaper for Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

He previously was president and CEO of Sound Publishing, then headquartered on Bainbridge Island, responsible for 17 community papers and two printing plants. He worked for Thomson Newspapers in Toronto from 1992-1995 as vice president and chief operating officer for 26 non-daily newspapers across Canada. Prior to that he was general manager of a nine-newspaper group on Vancouver Island, B.C.

“George has been a creative and energetic force in Gig Harbor, Puyallup and Olympia,” said Dave Zeeck, publisher of The News Tribune, a sister publication to The Olympian. “He’s always produced award-winning newspapers, cared about the communities he served and worked closely with other community organizations.”

In Olympia, Le Masurier served three years as board chairman of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and is currently serving as past chair in his sixth year on the board. He has served on the foundation board of South Puget Sound Community College and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce. He has been active in Rotary for nearly 40 years, and has belonged to the downtown Olympia Rotary Club since 2009.

Shannon is an Olympia native and a graduate of The Evergreen State College. He has covered the statehouse for The Olympian for 16 years, studying state issues and politics, and particularly their impacts on state workers.