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Lakeland newspaper gets new publisher


Kevin Drake, publisher of the Herald-Journal newspaper of Spartanburg, S.C., has been named publisher of the Ledger Media Group in Lakeland, which publishes the Ledger newspaper.

Both newspapers are part of the Halifax Media Group.

The move was announced Tuesday by Halifax Media Group CEO Michael Redding and South Region Publisher Jim Doughton in Lakeland.

Drake, who will be the Ledger’s 12th publisher, officially starts in Lakeland within the month, Halifax said.

Drake, 44, became publisher of the Herald-Journal in 2012. Earlier, the Spartanburg native had been a regional sales director for Halifax Media Group and publisher of The Times-News of Hendersonville, N.C.

Drake replaces Jerome Ferson, who resigned this month. Ferson, 41, joined the Ledger in June 2007 and continued to lead the newspaper after its acquisition by Daytona-based Halifax from The New York Times Co. in 2012.