About Linda Grist Cunningham
KeyWestWatch Media LLC is owned by editor and proprietor Linda Grist Cunningham, a nationally recognized legacy newspaper editor, publishing executive and project manager with more than 40 years of professional experience.
Cunningham is a veteran journalist and relocated to Key West in 2012, after 20 years as executive editor of the Rockford (IL) Register Star. She left the Register Star in 2011 to open KeyWestWatch Media LLC.
During her four decade journalism career, Cunningham was a reporter, copy editor, editorial page editor and executive editor. Her career began at a weekly newspaper in Buena Vista, VA., and at the Roanoke (VA) Times. She worked her way through four New Jersey newspapers from 1977-1991 — the Daily Record in Morristown, the Patterson News, the Hudson Dispatch and the Trenton Times, where she was executive editor and vice president of news. In 1991, she became executive editor of the Rockford Register Star.
She was named Northern Illinois University’s Journalist of the Year and was inducted into the Marshall University Journalism Hall of Fame. Cunningham is a nationally known discussion and seminar leader in management and leadership training and worked with the American Society of News Editors, the American Press Institute and the Inland Press Association, as well as several state and regional press associations. She served as a Pulitzer judge and twice received a Gannett President’s Ring.
When legacy media proved itself too cumbersome to change with and adapt to today’s information world, Cunningham built her new media company business plan, packed up four cats (now five) and a husband and relocated to Key West.
Reporting and writing for LGC Says stokes her news junkie and political habits. KeyWestWatch Media pays the bills.
She is a member of the board of directors for the Lower Keys chapter of the League of Women Voters, an elder at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church, active in Equality Florida and a charter member of the Women’s March on Duval. She is also a member of the Monroe County Land Authority Advisory Committee.