EVERETT — The president of Sound Publishing, the company that owns The Daily Herald, is leaving to become publisher of the Tulsa World in her home state of Oklahoma.
Gloria Fletcher has led Sound Publishing since 2012, directing 49 publications in Washington, including The Herald, with a combined circulation of 660,000.
Fletcher announced her decision Tuesday morning in an email to Sound Publishing employees.
The Tulsa paper she will now lead is owned by BH Media Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company. In her new job, Fletcher also will serve as a vice president for the company’s South Newspaper Group.
Fletcher grew up in Oklahoma and spent much of her three-decade newspaper career there.
“The idea of returning to our home state and being closer to our family makes this move, well … simply exceptional,” she said.
Fletcher came to Sound from Gatehouse Media, where she was regional vice president responsible for 85 publications spread over 13 states based in Joplin, Missouri. Prior to Gatehouse, she was division vice president for Community Newspaper Holdings from 2000 to 2007, responsible for the company’s Oklahoma group. She also worked for American Publishing Co. from 1988 to 1999, after beginning her career at a small daily in Woodward, Oklahoma, in 1985.