Jason Lewton joined The Herald-Whig as a copy editor in March 2013 and was promoted to editorial production coordinator in August 2014. He was named news editor in November 2015, managing editor in January 2018 and executive editor in May 2018. Prior to joining the staff, he served as art director for Missouri Lawyers Media, where he managed a six-person department and was responsible for the visual direction of four daily newspapers, two weekly newspapers, the company website and many annual magazines, as well as publications in North Carolina and South Carolina. Jason previously served as a lead designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for four years and, prior to that, as a visual editor at the Times of Northwest Indiana. He also worked as a designer and night editor at the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, as design editor of the Alton Telegraph and as a reporter, photographer and designer at the Pike Press in Pittsfield.
Hannibal Mayor James Hark and Bicentennial Committe Event Coordinator Cindy Lovell officially kicked off the celebration of the city's 200th birthday, announcing plans to commemorate the 2019 event and a theme: "Our story. Let's celebrate!"