Nick Purkiss, left, joined the Lincolnshire Echo as a sports reporter in December 1985.
Two years later he became one of the group’s youngest editors ever when he took over the chair at the Retford Times aged just 23.
But after chalking up a quarter of century in the role, Nick decided it was time to move on and left the company on Friday.
Lincolnshire Media publisher Richard Duxbury told staff: “Nick has made a significant contribution to Lincolnshire Media for over a quarter of a century.
“Everyone who has met Nick has only praise for his hard work and commitment to his role and the company.”
As well as running the Retford Times, Nick’s role as weeklies managing editor also included the editorial development of the Target Series across Boston, Sleaford, Louth and the Wolds, and the East Coast.
The post of editor of the Retford Times and Target Series was advertised on HoldtheFrontPage in August. It is not clear whether anyone has so far been appointed.