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Editor of The Ledger retires at 64
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Editor of The Ledger retires at 64

Lakeland, FL (AP) -- The Ledger's Executive Editor Louis M. "Skip" Perez will retire from the Lakeland newspaper next month.

Perez said Thursday he will retire Jan. 14 and plans to spend more time with his family. The paper reported the 64-year-old is its longest serving editor since being founded in 1924.

Perez joined The Ledger in 1976 and became executive editor five years later. Under his leadership, the paper won 91 New York Times Co. citations for journalistic excellence and numerous national industry honors.

The paper will begin a search for his successor immediately.

Perez is from Tampa and a graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. He was named to the Florida Freedom of Information Hall of Fame three years ago.

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