When William “Bill” Trimble leaves his post as publisher and vice-president of Lakeway Publishers of Virginia at the end of this month, he’ll be stepping away from nearly four decades in the industry.
Trimble announced his retirement in July. He will be succeeded as vice-president of Lakeway Publisher’s Virginia division by Steve Weddle, current publisher of the The Central Virginian.
“Bill has been a tremendous asset to the company for the past six years and his strong leadership skills will be missed,” said R. Jack Fishman, president of Lakeway Publishers, Inc., in a July 2 memorandum to his Virginia staff.
In addition to his role as publisher of the Herald-Progress, Trimble headed four other weekly newspapers, the Caroline Progress, Westmoreland News, Northern Neck News and Northumberland Echo.
Mosby “Chip” Wigginton, current associate publisher of the Herald-Progress and Caroline Progress, will take over as publisher of those newspapers on Nov. 1, while Cathy Gerring has been named general manager of the Northern Neck-based publications.
The departure is bittersweet for Trimble, whose career has taken him up and down the East Coast and as far west as Texas, working for daily and weekly newspapers, as well as niche publications.
Trimble said he got into the journalism field “because he thought he could write.” After a stint in the United States Air Force, Trimble enrolled in the Mass Communications department at Virginia Commonwealth University where he majored in journalism.
“I went there to study to be a writer and ended up on the ‘dark side,’” Trimble jokes, referring to his eventual transition into the business and advertising side of news operations.
While studying journalism, Trimble interned with the Virginia Press Association and sold advertising for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He also worked in public relations for Phillip Morris.
But Trimble said he really got his start in the field at the Tazewell-based Clinch Valley News where he “did a little bit of everything,” working as a general manager, while also covering local government, crime and features for the weekly paper.
To read the entire story, see the Oct. 10 edition of The Central Virginian.