Bud is publisher of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune and regional director for the company’s southern Ohio newspapers in Portsmouth, Georgetown, West Union, Ripley, and Pomeroy, as well as newspapers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Hunt has an extensive background in media, holding senior management positions in several organizations. Prior to joining Civitas Media, he was vice president of revenue at Rust Communications in Cape Girardeau, Mo. During his time with Rust, he also served as regional vice president, regional publisher and editor working with newspapers in southeast Missouri and west Tennessee.
He began his newspaper career with Park Communications, serving as advertising manager, editor and general manager of newspapers in Arkansas. He has won several awards for performance and editorial excellence during his career, as did newspapers under his guidance.
Hunt has a strong history of community involvement, including past chairman of the Board of Trustees for Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, Kennett, Mo., past president Kennett, Mo., Chamber of Commerce, past board member Kennett United Way, and past chairman, Cherokee District, Greater St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was also a member of the inaugural Missouri Seismic Safety Commission and was active in his local church, First United Methodist Church, Kennett, Mo.
During his newspaper career, Hunt served as a president of the Southeast Missouri Press Association and was a member of Inland Press Association’s inaugural Executive Program for Innovative Change (EPIC), a year-long study looking at innovation within the newspaper industry.
Hunt moved to Gallipolis in July 2014 to take on the role of regional sales director with Civitas Media. His wife, Lee, joined him in September. They have two children, Adam Nichols and his wife, Andrea, who live in St. Charles, Mo., and Haylee and Justin Owens, who live in Cape Girardeau. They have one granddaughter, Aubrey Nichols. They are members of Grace United Methodist Church in Gallipolis.