Jeff Peyton, the publisher of The Observer for the past three years, has announced his resignation as of last Friday. In an e-mail, Peyton writes: “A new management [team] will be taking the local reins for Main Street Media Company as I depart to pursue other publishing ventures. I wish the Observers continued success under the new team.” There is no word as to what the cause of this is, or any further details as to the future of the weekly publication. Keep reading for the full text of Peyton’s e-mail.
Friends and colleagues:
As some of you may already know, my last day as publisher of The Observer and The Shenandoah Valley Observer was Friday, Nov. 15. Please send all correspondence to me at [redacted] from now on.
It’s been a great three years, and I am proud of what these newspapers have become. I was blessed with a terrific team of journalism professionals, and the Charlottesville and Valley communities are the beneficiaries of their fine work.
The Observer earned tremendous professional praise this year. With more than a dozen awards from the Virginia Press Association this year alone, The Observer became one of the most-honored weekly newspapers in Virginia.
A new management teak will be taking the local reins for Main Street Media Company as I depart to pursue other publishing ventures. I wish the Observers continued success under the new team.