Aldridge named new Light and Champion publisher
Leon Aldridge was named editor and publisher of The Light and Champion by Moser Community Media February 1. He succeeds Mike Elswick who has served in that capacity the past two-and-a-half years.
Aldridge is a longtime resident of Center and a native of Mount Pleasant. His career in communication includes having served as editor and publisher of newspapers in Texas at Naples, Boerne, Marlin, and previously at The Light and Champion.
He has worked in newspaper group management positions, served as marketing director for companies outside of the media field, and taught media communication courses at Stephen F. Austin State University where he received an M.A. degree in communication.
“Returning to the newspaper business at the The Light and Champion is like coming home,” Aldridge said. “I am excited about the opportunity to guide the newspaper where I have gained the majority of my experience and to serve the community that has been my home for most of my life.”
Elswick and his wife, Stephanie, joined the newspaper's staff in July 2018 with her serving as marketing and advertising director. He plans to step back from media management and devote time to other interests, including non-profit work and freelance writing while Stephanie has accepted a marketing position with a local company.
The couple said they are looking forward to remaining active in the Center and Shelby County communities.