Gloria Fletcher, President

Gloria G. Fletcher, President

Gloria Fletcher became President in April 2012. Prior to joining Black Press/Sound Publishing she was Vice President of Publishing, Community Division with GateHouse Media, Inc., overseeing print and digital publications in 10 Midwestern states from 2007 to 2012. From 1999 to 2007 she was Vice President/Division Manager with Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI) overseeing 38 print and digital community publications in Oklahoma. She began her multimedia career straight out of college in 1985 by holding various positions in Oklahoma newspapers including publisher of her hometown daily newspaper. She serves as chairwoman on the Local Media Association (formerly Suburban Newspaper Association) board.

Gloria and her husband Terry have two teenage sons, Duncan and Collin. She is an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma and bleeds the Sooner crimson and cream.


Josh O'Connor, VP of East Sound OperationsJosh O’Connor, Vice-President of East Sound Operations

Vice President of East Sound Newspaper Operations, Josh is also Publisher of the Daily Herald (Everett), responsible for 5 other publications for Sound Publishing, as well, Sound’s Press operation in Everett. Mr. O’Connor joined Sound’s parent company, Black Press Ltd., in 1998.

Josh has a marketing degree from Kwantlen University and an undergraduate degree in Executive Management from Thompson Rivers University. He enjoys the challenging dynamics of building successful community publications. Josh coaches a commitment to delivering relevant, local news that directly affects the lives of those who raise families and work in the communities that Sound serves. Josh sat on the board of Suburban Newspapers of America and is an active contributor to many community organizations throughout the Puget Sound.

Josh married his high school sweetheart Erin and together they have two girls, Lauren 5 and Mailie 3 and live in Issaquah, WA.


Stephen Barrett, Director of National & Regional Sales

Plain and simple, Sound Publishing’s Stephen Barrett is competitive. Maybe it’s because he plays basketball every week. Or maybe it has to do with his Boston upbringing, big family and sibling rivalries. But more than likely, it’s just his natural drive and entrepreneurial spirit that make him an energetic leader. He makes it a point to cheerfully greet each of his coworkers every morning. When you talk to Stephen, be ready to answer four important questions:

1. Where are we today?
2. Where should we go?
3. How do we get there?
4. How are we doing along the way?

Pick a target and hit it. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Stephen became Director of National & Regional Sales in July 2011. He received his B.A. In Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to joining Sound Publishing, he served as Retail Advertising Manager and Advertising Sales Manager with the Reno Gazette-Journal, a Gannett newspaper. He began his advertising career in 1996 as a local sales representative working his way through various management and leadership roles while in Reno, eventually earning himself the distinction of being recognized as one the advertising executives of the year, one of only a handful that Gannett awards annually throughout the company.

Stephen sits on the Board of Directors of the CAC (Certified Audit of Circulations) and was recently elected Treasurer.  For decades, CAC has provided accountability and transparency to advertisers and ad agencies that buy print media.  He spends his week traveling the region and the country sharing the Sound Publishing story.


Michael Gates, Controller

Mike is a CPA and comes to Sound with a well rounded experience in all facets of financial and accounting management. He has been the Controller with Pioneer Cable Contractors in Everett since 2008 and acted as the financial business partner to the owner and President of this privately held company.

Prior to Pioneer, he was the Senior Controller with Hertz Equipment Rental for 10 years, and was responsible for all accounting functions including analysis and reporting. With Hertz he worked within a centralized administrative staff overseeing 32 locations in WA and OR.

Mike and his wife, Michele, live in Snohomish with two sons, Evan, 18 and Logan, 15.




Larry Babcock, Director of Press OperationsLarry Babcock, Director of Press Operations

Larry D. Babcock, Director of Operations, has been with Sound Publishing since February 14, 1998. He manages the Everett Printing and Distribution Facility located at Paine Field, Everett for Sound Publishing, Inc. Larry is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the printing facility which runs 24 hours a day and the activities of approximately 85 Sound employees.

Larry has an Associates Degree in Heavy Equipment Mechanics from Olympia Technical College and qualified for the Dean’s list both years. He has taken Business and Accounting classes at North Seattle Community College over the years along with various on-line management courses.

Larry has over 34 years of experience in the printing industry. In the past, he has worked for Lee Enterprises, Capital Cities/ABC, Disney, and Lake Washington Printing,Redmond Print and Mail, before coming to Sound Publishing. He has designed three printing facilities – the last of which was for Sound Publishing. Larry was in charge of Sound’s printing consolidation in 2007 combining six different sites from Burlington to Kent, WA into a single print site at their current location in Everett, WA.

Larry has been married 29 years and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.