Stephens to take helm at Telegram


Kyle Stephens is the new publisher of the Rocky Mount Telegram and Tarboro Weekly.


Staff Writer

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Rocky Mount Telegram has a new person in charge.

Kyle Stephens, who was the Group Publisher of Cooke Communications North Carolina’s Southern Group of non-daily newspapers, has succeeded Mark Wilson as the new publisher of the Telegram and begins his new role this week.

Wilson retired Friday after being with Cooke Communications for 14 years. Wilson had served as publisher of the Telegram since 2013. 

Stephens said Wilson was one of the people who hired him when he began his newspaper career in 2003 as an advertising representative for three weekly newspapers in Eastern North Carolina. Stephens added that he has worked for and with Wilson for the past 15 years.

“Mark is an old-school newspaper man, and I wish him the best in his retirement,” Stephens said. 

Stephens will be relocating to the Rocky Mount area and looks forward to being a part of the newspaper and the local community.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to take on this new role, and this is a great opportunity,” Stephens said. “I’m excited about learning the people and everything that’s happening in the area.”

After serving as an advertising representative, Stephens was named Advertising Director for the Times-Leader, The Farmville Enterprise and The Standard Laconic in 2007. He was later promoted to publisher of those three publications in 2011. In April 2015, Stephens operated in his previous role as the group publisher for the newly formed Southern Group of non-daily newspapers that also included the Martin County Enterprise & Weekly Herald and Bertie Ledger-Advance.

Stephens is also a past president of the N.C. Association of Community Newspapers and a current board member for the N.C. Press Association. Stephens said it’s important that the Telegram continue to be the heartbeat of the Twin Counties.

“We want to continue to exhaust all of our resources and all our efforts on covering the local news, which is our No. 1 goal,” he said. “We want to continue to be the community newspaper and be the voice of the people to tell their story.”