The Sentinel has a new leader who is likely familiar to many in the Carlisle area — Lee Enterprises formally named Kim Kamowski as publisher Thursday morning.
Kamowski, 36, replaces former publisher Gary Adkisson, who left in November to become publisher of The Bismarck Tribune, a Lee Enterprises newspaper in North Dakota.
“Since beginning her career with The Sentinel, Kim has progressively moved into areas of higher responsibility,” said Lee Tier 3 Group Publisher Cathy Hughes. “Her knowledge of the area and her advertising experience make her the perfect choice to lead the team in Carlisle, and we look forward to working with her as the newest Lee Enterprises Tier 3 publisher.”
A 1999 Carlisle High School graduate, Kamowski has deep roots in the local community. She began her career with The Sentinel in 2008, advancing to print sales and marketing manager, interim publisher and now publisher.
“It’s really exciting,” said Kamowski, who has been interim publisher since November. “I’m from this area. I’m dedicated to this community, so I’m excited to lead this company and its role in the future of our community.”
Kamowski serves as a board member for the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County and Summerfair Carlisle; a Carlisle Family YMCA board intern; and a Leadership Cumberland Fellow in the Class of 2018.
This is the first time The Sentinel has had a Cumberland County native as publisher since shortly after Lee Enterprises purchased the newspaper in 2002. Kamowski said she hoped her local roots can continue to build the connection between the newspaper and the local community.
“I want to put faces with what we do,” she said. “I want the community to know who we are and understand what we do and why we do what we do. I’m excited for it.”
Kamowski takes over The Sentinel at a time when the news industry is constantly changing and evolving. She said she is looking forward to taking The Sentinel into the future by continuing to provide news to readers across a variety of platforms.
“We’re still here and we still serve a valuable role in this community,” she said. “We are so multiplatform now. Our focus is delivering news where and when our readers need it and supporting this community ... my community.”
One of Kamowski’s first initiatives will be guiding The Sentinel operation as it moves in the coming months to a new location in the Wheelhouse building at the corner of North College and B streets in Carlisle.