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Obit – Kenneth Bronson

October 26, 2010

Kenneth C. Bronson, 77, who spent 39 years with Stauffer Communications Inc. and was a sought-after newspaper consultant for decades, died Monday (Oct. 25, 2010) in Topeka.

Services are set for 10 a.m. Friday (Oct. 29, 2010) at First Christian Church, 1880 S.W. Gage Blvd., in Topeka. The family will greet visitors at 9 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Cards may be sent to Edith Bronson in care of the funeral home: Penwell-Gabel, 1321 S.W. 10th, Topeka, KS 66604. Memorials are suggested to the Kansas Newspaper Foundation, 5423 S.W. 7th, Topeka, KS 66606; the First Christian Church, 1880 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604; or the Alzheimer’s Association, all in care of the funeral home.

Bronson was born April 15, 1933 and grew up in Kensington in north-central Kansas.

Bronson was a frequent presenter at Missouri Press state and district meetings in recent years.

He began his career in Topeka at the State Journal and Daily Capital, where he started as a sports writer in 1952 and later became state editor and news editor.

After his marriage to Edith MacArthur in 1959, the Bronsons purchased a weekly newspaper in Pierce City, Mo., and built it into an award-winner in one year.

He rejoined Stauffer in 1962 as editor of the Independence (Mo.) Examiner. Stauffer Communications transferred Bronson to Pittsburg in 1966 where he became editor and publisher of the Pittsburg Headlight and the Pittsburg Sun. He merged the two newspapers in the fall of 1966 as The Headlight-Sun as a seven-day newspaper and later converted it to a morning newspaper, the Morning Sun.

At Pittsburg, he installed the first small newspaper newsroom computer system west of the Mississippi, was a pioneer in computerizing the business operation, built a new building and installed a new Goss Urbanite press in 1973.

Oscar Stauffer, founder of Stauffer Publications, later to become known as Stauffer Communications, asked Bronson in 1976 to oversee the Stauffer newspapers as vice president. Bronson moved to Topeka in 1977 and later was given the title of senior vice president. He was responsible for a division that grew from 12 newspapers to 22 newspaper plants, producing more than 30 newspaper and shopper products.

Bronson started Stauffer Media Systems in 1976 after designing and implementing business computers at Pittsburg. He built the company into a leading vendor of newspaper software products, including the Stauffer Gold Electronic Library and Stauffer Audiotext Systems. The company also operated four retail computer stores and marketed newsroom and business systems to newspapers.

When Stauffer Communications was preparing to sell the company in 1993, Bronson moved to Indiana to work for an old friend, John Nixon, who had called and asked him to be chief operating officer for Nixon Newspapers. He retired from that position on June 30, 1997, and up until a few years ago had been traveling around the nation sharing his expertise with newspapers of all sizes and with newspaper associations.

Bronson was president of KPA in 1975-76 and of the Inland Press Association in 1992. He also had been president of the Kansas-Missouri Associated Press editors and publishers, chairman of the Inland Group Executives Seminar, a director of the Mid-America Press Institute in St. Louis and a trustee of the William Allen White Foundation. After he joined Nixon, he became a director of the PAGE national newspaper cooperative.

He presented more than 200 seminars and workshops for state and regional newspaper associations, spoke at the American Newspaper Publishers Association’s national conventions, at the National Newspaper Association national convention multiple times, at National Newspaper Foundation seminars and at many Inland Press Association and state press association conventions. He also had been a speaker at judicial conferences, both on the state and national level.

Bronson has served on the board of directors of the American Judicature Society and as a director of the Christian Board of Publications. He twice has been president of local Rotary clubs and is a Paul Harris Rotary Fellow. He was president of two chambers of commerce and was on the board of the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce. He has been on the boards of a community college, two hospitals, a public library, United Way, a Boys Club, Junior Achievement and his church where he is an elder on the local level and an officer on the regional level. During his 19-year stint as one of two nonlawyers on the Kansas Commission for Judicial Qualifications, the Supreme Court of Kansas awarded him its first-ever Kansas Justice Award in 1989 “for distinguished contributions to the improvement of justice in Kansas.” He was the first nonlawyer and nonjudge ever to chair the commission and spoke at many state and national judicial meetings.

A native of Kensington, a small farming community in north-central Kansas, Bronson attended the University of Kansas and graduated from Washburn University in Topeka after a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. He served on the USS Boxer aircraft carrier, where he published a weekly newspaper and was editor and publisher of a history book of the ship. The latter effort involved working with a Japanese printing company and earned him a commendation from the ship’s captain. Bronson was elected to the Kensington High School Hall of Fame in 1971.

He served as interim executive director of the Kansas Press Association twice (in 2000 and 2003) and was director of the Kansas Newspaper Foundation from 2005 to 2007.

He was elected to the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Edith, three children, Brian, Laura and Linda, and two grandchildren.

The Bronsons also traveled extensively on Inland Press Study Missions, which have involved meeting with government officials, press associations and newspaper editors. Their trips have included: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Monaco, Norway, Peru, Romania, San Marino, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Venezuela, Yugoslavia and Zimbabwe.

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ON THE MOVE – August

August 14, 2008

Here is the On the Move column so far for the September magazine.

€ West Plains ‹ Dennis Crider retired Aug. 1 as sports editor of the West Plains Daily Quill.
Crider joined the Quill in 1969 as a writer/photographer. Allison Wilson took over as sports editor.
In his farewell message, Crider said he planned to travel with his wife, Phyllis, play music, work on a couple of books and expend on selling photographs at arts and crafts shows.

€ Springfield ‹ Dorothy Gardner retired on Aug. 17 as vice president after 20 years with the Springfield Business Journal. She plans to spend more time with her family and with volunteer work.

€ Platte City ‹ Patty Stubbs, owner with her husband Lee of the Platte County Citizen, has become a licensed emergency medical technician and is working on getting paramedic certification.
She has ceased working at the newspaper, where she was the office manager and helped with sales and production.

€ Rolla ‹ Floyd Jernigan was named publisher of the Waynesville Daily Guide and the Rolla Daily News beginning Aug. 4. He replaced Joel Goodridge.
Jernigan, 52, previously was publisher of the Duncan Banner in Oklahoma, a daily newspaper of about 8,000 circulation. He also has been publisher of the East Oregonian in Pendleton, Oregon, and the News-Record in Miami, Okla.
Jernigan and his wife, Barbara, have three children.
GateHouse Media Inc. owns the Rolla and Waynesville papers.

€ Mercer ‹ Sheila Hogue has joined the Mercer Mirror as a writer, photographer and ad sales rep. She spent her youth in the Missouri and Arkansas areas but moved to Mercer from Dallas, Texas.
She has worked around the country as a photographer and entertainer. Before joining the weekly she was secretary for the Princeton/Mercer United Methodist Church.

€ Independence ‹ Michael Glover has joined the staff of The Examiner as the reporter covering health and public safety and Jackson County government.
A Higginsville native, Glover is a 1999 graduate of Lafayette County High School. He earned a degree in journalism from Missouri State in 2004.
Glover worked for more than three years as a reporter for the Fort Scott Tribune in Kansas.

€ Holden ‹ Joanie Lerda is a new ad sales rep for the Holden Image and Penny Saver shopper. She also sells for the Lone Jack Corridor and the Crest Ridge Corridor.
Lerda and her son live in Holden.

€ Marshall ‹ Rachel Harper has left the news staff of the Marshall Democrat-News. She now is a unit public affairs representative for the Missouri Army National Guard. She focuses on units and armories in Clinton, Harrisonville, Lexington, Marshall, Sedalia, Warrensburg and Whiteman Air Force Base.

€ Cassville ‹ Leatrice Strother retired as editor of The Barry County Advertiser in July. She had worked with The Advertiser since August 1976.
Melonie Roberts of Pierce City succeeded Strother. Roberts has worked at The Branson Beacon, The Miller Press, The Greenfield Vedette, The Marionville Free Press and The Monett Times.

€ St. Louis ‹ The Post-Dispatch has promoted Blake Dickie to vice president of production. Dickie has been with the newspaper since 2002 and has overseen the production department since 2007.

€ Republic ‹ Rodger Wheeler has been named sports editor of the Republic Monitor.

€ Kansas City ‹ The Star has promoted Tim Doty from director of classified advertising to vice president over all advertising. Doty, 51, succeeds Peter Ricker, who left the paper in May to become senior vice president of advertising at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.
This is Doty’s second stint with The Star, following jobs with newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana. He first joined The Star in 1984 as an account executive. He left in 1990 to become retail sales manager of The Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock.
Doty returned to Kansas City in 2007 to become vice president of marketing for Firefly Marketing Communications. In December he rejoined The Star as director of classified advertising.
He now oversees about 200 employees. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, is married and has two children.

NEWSPAPER COMINGS & GOINGS – JUNE 2008

July 15, 2008

€ Park Hills ‹ Jim York, publisher of the Park Hills Daily Journal for the past five years, has taken an executive management position in Cincinnati with The E.W. Scripps Co. He will lead the information technology group for Scripps’ 15 newspapers.
Before being named publisher in Park Hills, York was vice president of information technology for the former Pulitzer Newspapers, Inc. Lee Enterprises now owns the Pulitzer publications, including the Daily Journal.
Gary Berblinger, controller, has been named interim publisher in Park Hills.

€ Independence ‹ Sports reporter Dick Puhr, 75, and community reporter Frank Haight, 72, have spent nearly a half century each at The Examiner writing stories about local people. They retired this spring.
The Examiner held a public reception for the two on May 29.
Both of the reporters continue to work as correspondents, writing stories and weekly columns. Puhr started writing about local sports in 1959. Haight has been writing for The Examiner since 1961.
Puhr didn’t miss a day of work in 44 years until a kidney stone operation laid him up for a bit.

€ Concordia ‹ Chris Post was named interim editor of The Concordian in May. He is on summer break from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, where he is a professor of mass communications. He served as senior staff writer of The Marshall Democrat-News for eight years.
Post and his wife, Callie, live on a small farm outside Marshall with their four children. Post has a journalism degree from the University of Central Missouri and is working on a master’s degree through Eastern Michigan University.
Shelly Arth, owner/publisher of The Concordian, said she is searching for an editor for the weekly.

€ Dexter ‹ Mike McCoy has joined the news staff of the Daily Statesman. He is a native of Dexter and attended Westminster College in Fulton.
McCoy worked at the Statesman in the mid-1970s before moving to Arkansas. He has worked as editor and city editor for Graves Publishing Co. in Nashville, Ark., since 1982.
McCoy replaced Sacha Champion, who accepted a position nearer her Poplar Bluff home. He joins Corey Noles as a full-time writer for the Statesman.

€ Columbia ‹ Caroline Dohack has been hired as lifestyles editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune. She manages the Sunday section that carries fashion, fitness, travel, home décor and society news.
Dohack is a graduate of Doniphan High School. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, then transferred to the School of Journalism at MU.

€ Carrollton ‹ Klarissa Olvera, Carrollton, a junior at the Missouri School of Journalism, is working as a summer intern at the Carrollton Democrat.

€ Elsberry ‹ Mariah Suddarth, Elsberry, is working as a summer intern at The Elsberry Democrat. She’ll be a junior this fall at the Missouri School of Journalism.

€ King City ‹ King City High School student Megan Saeidi is interning at the Tri-County News for the third consecutive summer. She’ll be a senior this fall.

€ Springfield ‹ Cheryl Lindus, ad director for the Springfield News-Leader since July 2005, has been named president and publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Ala.
The News-Leader and the Advertiser are owned by Gannett Co. Inc.
Before joining the News-Leader Lindus was the ad director of the Hunting, W.Va., Herald-Dispatch and ad director of the Star Press in Muncie, Ind.
Gannett presented her with a President’s Ring in 2007 in recognition of her achievements.

Gatehouse buys 2 Missouri papers from Morris Publishing

December 10, 2007

Morris Publishing Group is selling 17 newspapers, including the Independence Examiner and the Hannibal Courier-Post, to GateHouse Media, Inc. for $115 million. Morris, which bases its operations in Augusta, Ga., will use the cash to pay down debt. The sale will leave the company with 10 medium-sized newspapers.
GateHouse, headquartered in Fairport, N.Y., has 86 daily publications in 19 states.
Other daily newspapers being sold are the Dodge City (Kan.) Daily Globe, The Newton (Kan.) Kansan, The (Pittsburg, Kan.) Morning Sun, the Hillsdale (Mich.) Daily News, The Holland (Mich.) Sentinel, The Grand Island (Neb.) Independent, the York (Neb.) News-Times, The Daily Ardmoreite (Okla.), The Shawnee (Okla.) News-Star, the Yankton (S.D.) Daily Press& Dakotan, The Oak Ridger (Tenn.), and the News Chief (Winter Haven, Fla.).
The nondaily newspapers are La Estrella (Dodge City, Kan.), The Girard (Kan.) City Press and the Vermillion (S.D.) Plain Talk.
Also sold was a commercial printing operation, Flashes Publishing (Mich.), which also publishes The Holland Sentinel and the Flashes Shopping Guides.
All the newspapers sold were formerly part of Stauffer Communications, Inc., a Topeka-based media company. SCI sold its holdings to Morris in 1995.
The publisher of the Hannibal Courier-Post, Jack Whitaker, is president-elect of Missouri Press Association. He will succeed Dave Bradley of St. Joseph on Jan. 1.