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Business Journal publisher to retire

The Charlotte Business Journal's publisher, Jeannie Falknor, will retire at the end of the year, she announced Tuesday.

Falknor, 58, has been in the newspaper business 36 years, including a dozen at the Charlotte Business Journal. She and her husband, who retired recently, decided “a while back” that she would work until the end of the year. The couple plan to move to Brevard.

Falknor started her career as a reporter in Tennessee. She moved to Kentucky, where she worked as a reporter and editor, and came to Charlotte in 1982 to work at the Charlotte Observer as an editor.

Falknor joined the Business Journal in 1997 as an associate publisher and was named publisher of the 22-year-old paper the next year, she said.

Falknor's proudest accomplishment from her time there is that the Business Journal has grown its circulation for six consecutive years, she said. Its paid circulation is about 13,000.

It's an especially important achievement in a time when many newspapers are struggling, Falknor said. She said the industry is healthier when the mass media are strong and hopes to see “creativity and innovation” in the field in coming years.

As for the future of the Business Journal, “I think the niche newspaper business will be strong, and that's what we are,” she said.

American City Business Journals Inc., the Business Journal's publisher, plans to name a successor before the end of the year, Falknor said.

Falknor said she's grateful to her colleagues and community members.

“This is a great city, and I have been very fortunate” to be a part of it, she said.

Kirsten Valle