Trip discover might be the tip of the highway for the conservative voice within the Fort Wayne information enterprise
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Waynes NBC) – A development Thursday could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for one of Fort Wayne’s longest-running news publications.
On Thursday, the last member of the News-Sentinel’s news department received a notice of his vacation, which took effect at the end of the day.
Kevin Leininger has more than four decades of reporting experience.
But on Thursday lunchtime he started clearing his desk after vacationing that morning.
Leininger posted on Facebook, “It means the Message Guard will essentially cease to exist.”
“Officially this is only temporary. But I doubt it.”
ABC21 has requested comment from the management of Fort Wayne Newspapers, but no messages have been returned.
In August 2017 it was announced that the News-Sentinel will cease selling its afternoon newspaper and switch to a digital platform.
But advertising revenue for the country’s newspapers continues to decline, and the global pandemic has made matters worse.
Leininger also wrote conservative editorial articles for The News-Sentinel.
Local readers will lose that perspective.
“You have a liberal voice in the Journal, you do a good job for what you believe, but there isn’t the counterbalance that I think should be, and I honestly think Fort Wayne would most people prefer it. So it was sad on a journalistic level, but also on a business level, I don’t think it was well thought out, “said Leininger.
“He was bold sometimes because sometimes you have to be like that about the media. He wasn’t afraid to ask the tough questions,” said Tom Didier, president of Fort Wayne City Council.
According to Leininger, one of the greatest sources of pride in his time with the News Sentinel was when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the huge 1982 flood.
If this really is the end of the News Sentinel, it will mark the end of an era in Fort Wayne.