Nelson joins News-Press to run Kansas papers

News-Press & Gazette Inc. General Manager Lee Sawyer has named Sandy Nelson as the new publisher for its Miami County Newspapers group in Kansas, including The Miami County Republic, Louisburg Herald
and Osawatomie Graphic.
Nelson joined NPG from The Kansas City Star, where she served as group publisher overseeing the Harrisonville, Belton, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs newspapers, the Lenexa Centennial, the Hometown Journal (Gardner and Spring Hill) and the Olathe News.
Nelson was employed by the Kansas City Star for 10 years, eight years as a publisher. She began her newspaper career in advertising sales.
This is a second career for Nelson, who married young and operated a construction company from her home for about 15 years. When her husband passed away, she was left to raise her two children alone, so she sold the construction company and followed her sister into advertising sales.
Nelson has since remarried, raised her children to adulthood and now enjoys being a grandmother.
Nelson said she has strong convictions about the role that community newspapers should play in their readership areas, providing up-to-date reports on local and area happenings, notice of upcoming events and news about how state, national and worldwide events can affect people on a community level.
Nelson began work Nov. 19 in her office in Paola.
She was elected in September to be first vice president of the Missouri Press Association in 2009. She was second vice president in 2008.

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