Justin Leighty, a veteran newspaper man who has extensively covered the RV industry as a reporter for The Elkhart Truth, has joined Elkhart-based publisher G&G Media Group LLC as midwest editor of RVBusiness (RVB), the RV industry’s authoritative trade journal, and editor of Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), the monthly voice of the North American RV park and campground sector.
As such, Leighty, 37, who spent the last 15 years at the Truth, will also contribute extensively to websites linked to both those publications — RVBUSINESS.com and WOODALLSCM.com.
“Speaking for the staffs of RVB and WCM, we’re very excited to have an opportunity to work with a street-savvy journalist like Justin,” said G&G Publisher Sherman Goldenberg. “As the industry gets more sophisticated and the bar of competence keeps getting raised, it’s incumbent on publishers like us to maintain a competitive edge going forward. And we’re convinced that Justin, who did a great job of covering business and the RV industry for a prestigious daily like the Truth, is a strong step in that direction.”
Leighty, who earned a degree in mass communication in 1998 from Greenville College in Greenville, Ill., is a Kansas native who was raised in Colorado and remains actively involved with the family farm in Kansas, which has been in his family for 99 years.
“I’m really looking forward to diving into both the RV and the camping industries,” said Leighty, a married father of three who resides in Winona Lake, Ind. “I have great childhood memories of family time spent in my parents’ RV, and the outdoor lifestyle has been a part of most of my life like the customers of our readers. I look forward to the ride as the RV and camping industries grow and change, and I can’t wait to inform readers about what the innovators in these industries come up with next.”