Kathy Spurlock, News-Star Exec Editor on Thin Ice?

With the next round of layoffs looming at Gannett, could The (Monroe) News-Star Executive Editor Kathy Spurlock be in the crosshairs? Sources have told Lincoln Parish News Online that employees at the newspaper have dropped the dime on Spurlock over her blatant conflict of interest. Spurlock is married to Lindsey Wilkerson, a $52,000 per year Director of Web Services in the office of University Advancement & External Affairs at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Gannett has strict guidelines regarding conflicts of interest and outside influence. The company is headquartered in Arlington, VA in what is often referred to as the “Crystal Palace.”

Spurlock’s fawning coverage of ULM and its President James Cofer is legendary. To our knowledge, Spurlock has never publicly acknowledged her marriage to an employee of an institution that her newspaper covers daily. Cofer recently moved into a posh new crib, courtesy of Louisiana taxpayers.

Gannett last year laid off about 70 employees statewide. This next round of cutbacks is expected to pare another 3% of the company’s workforce.

Louisiana’s Gannett newspapers include The Town Talk in Alexandria, The News-Star in Monroe, The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, The Times in Shreveport and The Daily World in Opelousas.

12 Responses to “Kathy Spurlock, News-Star Exec Editor on Thin Ice?”

  1. Bass Ackerds Says:

    I have long wondered how Ms. Spurlick can keep her
    marriage out of the views of the public and Gannett?
    She is so biased and slanted, even before she married
    the highly paid employee of ULM, the news from her
    desk was bent.

  2. Wife of News-Star’s Ken Stickney on State Payroll « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] Earlier, LPNO had reported on a similar situation with Stickney’s boss, News-Star Executive Editor Kathy Spurlock. The News-Star is legendary for its “news” articles and editorials demanding ever more taxpayer dollars for the education community. […]

  3. News-Star Webcasts Infomercial for V-Car Tax « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] were asked by News-Star Managing Editor Ken Stickney and Executive Editor Kathy Spurlock. Both Spurlock and Stickney have spouses whose jobs are paid by tax dollars, as reported earlier by Lincoln Parish […]

  4. V-Vehicle Editorials – Three Views « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] no surprise – The News-Star has almost never met a tax it didn’t like. Executive Editor Kathy Spurlock and Managing Editor Ken Stickney both have spouses that have taxpayer funded […]

  5. What They Really Said « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] “Save my husband’s (Lindsey Wilkerson) job!” Stickney: “Save my wife’s (Carey Stickney) […]

  6. Higher Ed Board to Meet at Luxury Casino Resort « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] in regularly. Particularly noisy was Gannett’s (Monroe) News-Star whose two top editors, Kathy Spurlock and Ken Stickney have spouses that are on the Higher Ed […]

  7. Need to Know « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] Editor Kathy Spurlock is married to Lindsey Wilkerson, a $52,000 per year Director of Web Services in the office of […]

  8. News-Star “Official” Spokesman for Government « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] that Kathy Spurlock, Executive Editor of the newspaper is married to a state employee. The Managing Editor, Ken […]

  9. ULM and The News Star – the InLaw Connection « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] See the story here. […]

  10. The (Baton Rouge) Advocate/LSU Nexus « Lincoln Parish News Online Says:

    […] We thought perhaps it was a straightforward nepotism situation like that at The (Monroe) News-Star where the husband of that paper’s executive editor works at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). See our earlier story on that issue here. Kathy Spurlock, News-Star Exec Editor on Thin Ice? […]

  11. The Hayride » The (Baton Rouge) Advocate/LSU Nexus Says:

    […] We thought perhaps it was a straightforward nepotism situation like that at The (Monroe) News-Star where the husband of that paper’s executive editor works at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). See our earlier story on that issue here. Kathy Spurlock, News-Star Exec Editor on Thin Ice? […]

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