Tallahassee Democrat by Jeff Burlew and Jennirfer Portman
December 6, 2019
Skip Foster, president and publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat, announced Friday he is stepping down after a five-year run in which the newspaper racked up impressive numbers of journalism awards even as it faced major industry headwinds.
Foster, 53, said working with the “amazing team” at the Democrat was the “great honor” of his life.
“I was able to do my dream job for five years, and for that I will forever be grateful,” he said. “Every day I was overwhelmed by the journalists, salespeople, accountants, delivery people, pressmen and others who drove this organization to the highest levels of excellence. They care so very much about this community and about our mission. I can’t believe how blessed I was to work next to them.”
Foster’s influence extended far beyond the wood-paneled publisher’s office on Magnolia Drive. He served as chairman of the United Way of the Big Bend Board at the same time the organization went through a major transformation and refocused its philanthropic aims. He was a leader on the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce board, pushing the business community to diversify the local economy and attract new industry.