Michael Distelhorst

Regional President

Michael Distelhorst is the regional president for APG Washington.

Before joining APG West, Distelhorst served as President and Director of Sales and Marketing for Lee Enterprises at two daily and two weekly newspaper units in Park Hills, MO, and Carbondale, IL. Prior to joining Lee, Distelhorst was Group Publisher for Gannett with the Coastal North Carolina Group, which included five daily newspapers.

In his more than 30 years in the industry, Distelhorst has held leadership positions in seven states and has received numerous industry awards. He has served on the Board of Directors of State Press Associations in North Carolina, Colorado, and Kansas and has been recognized as an industry innovator.

Distelhorst has been the face of the organization for leadership in the communities he has worked in and sought inclusion on various local boards, including United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Regional Planning and Development. He has a passion for literacy and has spearheaded multiple programs to put books in the hands of elementary school students working with local sponsors to donate the books.

In his free time, Distelhorst likes to travel and hike throughout the United States and Europe and enjoys the occasional Netflix binge.