Archive for Thursday, August 15, 2002

Taking a big step in a new direction

New leadership coupled with commitment for local news

August 15, 2002

It's been almost two-and-a-half years since the "new" De Soto Explorer appeared in local mailboxes. Things have changed somewhat since then, but change can be a good thing.

Our most recent change is that our publisher, Dan Simon, left last week to expand his career as publisher of a daily newspaper in Olathe. He was a lot of fun to work with, and he made coming to work each day interesting. We will miss him.

In his place, I was offered and accepted the general manager position. For those of you who don't know me, let me introduce myself.

My husband, Chris, and I have been married for 16 years. We have three children Mark, 14; Matthew, 12; and Katelyn, 8.

I began my career in newspaper with the Eudora paper in August 1990, when it was owned by Bert and Vickie Hull. I placed a "typing at home" ad in the Eudora paper, and Bert called me to see if I would be interested in doing some typing for him on a part-time basis at the office instead. I guess you could say classified advertising worked for me.

As my children got older, I had opportunities to increase my hours, and I began working full-time in February 1998 when the Hulls started The De Soto Explorer.

Through my years working with the Hulls, I was exposed to many facets of the business, including writing stories and briefs, taking photos, classified advertising, some advertising design, circulation, production and bookkeeping. I am thankful to Bert and Vickie for giving me the chance to experience so many different areas of the business. It has been a tremendous asset for me and will help me in my newest opportunities.

When the World Company purchased the newspaper from Bert and Vickie in March 2000, I stayed through the transition and was named office manager of the Eudora office. I also filled in as needed in the De Soto office.

I never dreamed that one day I would be named general manager of the local newspaper, but I look forward to the challenge, and I appreciate the opportunity. I also look forward to continuing my work with the wonderful staff we have, meeting new people, and becoming more involved in the community.

As the local media source, we're determined to continue to bring news about your neighbors and friends to you week after week. Our staff is committed to keeping its hometown newspaper local and interesting. We will continue to keep you up-to-date on city events, local happenings and school activities.

If you ever feel we have strayed from that, I want to hear from you. I will take all input into consideration. Our responsibility as a newspaper is to deliver the news to you. We will strive to cover issues fairly and accurately. If we don't, I want to hear from you.

And, of course, if you feel we've done a good job, we'll take those kudos any day of the week.

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