Tyler Miller, publisher of the Independent Record in Helena and the Montana Standard in Butte, stepped down from that position Tuesday to pursue other opportunities in the Helena area.
He has been replaced by Anita Fasbender, who joined the Independent Record in 1991 as a district manager and promotion marketing coordinator. She was also circulation director and regional advertising services manager before being named regional operations director in 2012.
Miller and Fasbender announced the change to the staff of both newspapers Tuesday morning. Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing and group publisher for Iowa-based Lee Enterprises, traveled with them to Helena and Butte to make the announcement.
“Anita has a wealth of experience in these markets,” Bekke said in a press release from Lee Enterprises. “She’s been successful in several key leadership roles within the company and will be an outstanding publisher for central Montana.”
Miller was named regional publisher for Helena and Butte in 2013. Tuesday was his last day with the company.
“For the past five years I have had the opportunity to work alongside great individuals to produce a fantastic product,” Miller said in the press release. “I love local journalism, and I’m very proud of what we have been able to produce. I thank Lee Enterprises for the great opportunity and support.”
Fasbender graduated from Montana State University in 1991. She has been involved in Rotary since 2010 and was a member of the Women's Leadership Network from 2003 to 2012, including a stint as president from 2008 to 2010. She has three children.
“I am humbled and blessed to be asked to lead these teams of bright, passionate employees,” she said in the press release. “I’m excited about this new opportunity. I look forward to putting out the most comprehensive news coverage in the communities we serve and meeting the needs of our advertisers through our broad variety of media platforms.”
Lee Enterprises owns five newspapers in Montana. It is a publicly traded media company with publications in 49 markets in 21 states.