Southwest Regional Vice President Matt Guthrie announced that after an extensive nationwide search, Gatehouse Media promoted from within the Log Cabin Democrat for the publisher position.

“I am pleased to announce that Kelly Sublett has been promoted to Group Publisher over the Conway region,” Guthrie said. “The region will consist of the Log Cabin, the Van Buren Democrat in Clinton and the Sun Times in Heber Springs.

“I am truly excited for Kelly. Her love for the newspaper and for Conway made her an obvious choice.”

Sublett was hired as the LCD vice president of audience in 2014.

"Leading the Log Cabin was always part of the plan for me, personally. I was recruited here in the best position to get to know and really dive into the community as a VP of Audience,” Sublett said. “Taking on this new responsibility as group publisher means I will incorporate everything I've learned to chart a path forward. It gives me great pride to be at the helm of an institution like the Log Cabin. I look forward to getting to know the Heber Springs and Clinton areas and to reinforce the already solid foundation and quality of community journalism."

Prior to joining the Log Cabin team, she had 16 years of newspaper editorial, advertising and community engagement experience.

“Her experience in digital advertising was a huge factor in the decision,” Guthrie said. “Coupled with the new products we will be introducing to the community through Thrivehive, I know the Log Cabin will soon become the go-to source for all advertising to local businesses.”

Sublett has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a double minor in speech communication and theatre arts from Texas A&M University. After graduation, she served as reporter, copy desk editor, editorial production manager and as managing editor at newspapers in Texas, ranging from mid-market to large market.

"I fell in love with Faulkner County and with Conway immediately upon arrival,” she said. “I married a true native and planted roots. I miss real cheese dip and Texas football, but my heart is definitely in this place."

After settling in Conway nearly a decade ago, Sublett worked as the social and digital media director at The Arkansas Times and spent two years as the public affairs officer for the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Though Sublett is fond of her Texas roots, as all Log Cabin staffers and likely most readers well know, Conway is where she hangs her heart.

Sublett has often said, “Conway is home.”

Guthrie thinks the community will appreciate the local newspaper having a publisher with a passion for the area.

“I think she will bring a new energy to the staff and excitement to the operation,” Guthrie said. “I am looking forward to seeing how she can energize the community.”