George Spohr

Position: Executive Editor
E-Mail Address: gspohr@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (570) 704-3989


About George Spohr

George Spohr is a Brooklyn native who grew up in upstate New York.

As a child, George used to create his own daily newspaper on a word processor, distributing copies to neighbors. His love of newspapers continued through middle school, when he worked as a movie critic for his hometown paper, and high school, when he began his career as a reporter at the Gannett-owned Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y.


This is his third stint as executive editor: His first two were with Lee Enterprises, where he led newsrooms at The World in Coos Bay, Ore., and The Sentinel, in Carlisle, Pa. For his work there, George was named one of Editor & Publisher's Top 25 Under 35 newspaper executives in the country.

In his free time, George enjoys flight lessons, spending time with his family, hiking and swimming.

Latest Stories by George Spohr

In its latest attack ad, The Citizens' Voice tells readers they can get “more breaking news online” by switching. As I write this column at 11 a.m. Monday, we've had five breaking-news updates today. They've had none.
I can't think of a single instance over the past half a year where readers would have received more local news from the

COMMENTARY: GEORGE SPOHR Two companies chart different courses for the future

In its latest attack ad, The Citizens' Voice tells readers they can get “more breaking news online” by switching. As I write this column at 11 a.m. Monday, we've had five breaking-news updates today. They've had none. I can't think of a single instance over the past half a year where readers would have received more local news from the

On Monday, The Times Leader's centerpiece was about NEPA PrideFest. Anchoring our coverage was a photo of Tait Gehman of Emmaus, who was dancing outside the pavilion at Kirby Park during the festival.
If Pete Wilcox's photo was any indication, Tait — decked out in rainbow-color attire — and others were having a blast.
Normally, whenev

COMMENTARY: GEORGE SPOHR Controversial photos belong on page one

On Monday, The Times Leader's centerpiece was about NEPA PrideFest. Anchoring our coverage was a photo of Tait Gehman of Emmaus, who was dancing outside the pavilion at Kirby Park during the festival. If Pete Wilcox's photo was any indication, Tait — decked out in rainbow-color attire — and others were having a blast. Normally, whenev

In the coming weeks, The Times Leader will begin covering Scranton's city council and the Lackawanna County commissioners.
With a twist.
Both government boards take action that have reach far beyond their borders. Scranton's council members regularly discuss topics of regional importance: the city's intermodal transit center, issues involving dow

COMMENTARY: GEORGE SPOHR Scranton coverage augments regional news report

In the coming weeks, The Times Leader will begin covering Scranton's city council and the Lackawanna County commissioners. With a twist. Both government boards take action that have reach far beyond their borders. Scranton's council members regularly discuss topics of regional importance: the city's intermodal transit center, issues involving dow

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is why we're focusing so much attention on our digital audience.
I understand the basis for that question, as much of what the newsroom does — breaking-news updates, Facebook posts, email and text alerts — doesn't make it into the paper.
The answer is simple: Our digital audience is

COMMENTARY: GEORGE SPOHR Why that digital audience is so important to us

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is why we're focusing so much attention on our digital audience. I understand the basis for that question, as much of what the newsroom does — breaking-news updates, Facebook posts, email and text alerts — doesn't make it into the paper. The answer is simple: Our digital audience is




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