Writing History One Day at a Time
From economic struggle, to booming industry. Through times of great controversy, as well as monumental achievement. Whether they were small-town stories or national headlines, KPC Media Group Inc. documents northeast Indiana’s story and has for more than 100 years.
Since its founding in 1911, KPC Media Group has become a leading news and multimedia production company serving northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. KPC Media Group’s multi-platform approach to news and information reaches the largest single audience of any media company in northeast Indiana. Its products include The Star, The Herald Republican, The News Sun, The Garrett Clipper, The Butler Bulletin, The Advance Leader, Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, Greater Fort Wayne Family, Times Community Publications and related properties.
Kendallville Publishing Co. Inc., the predecessor of KPC Media Group Inc., was founded by O. E. Michaelis and George W. Baxter after merging their Kendallville daily newspapers into the Kendallville News Sun on Aug. 7, 1911. The company was sold to C. O. Merica in 1913. He died in 1918 and his wife, Alice Merica, became the principal owner of the company for the next half century. At the time of her death on Jan. 25, 1969, at the age of 103, she was the oldest newspaper publisher in the United States.
George O. Witwer, who came to Kendallville as editor and general manager of The News Sun in 1962, became the principal owner and publisher in 1969. Witwer family members continue as the owners and operators of the company. The company’s name changed to KPC Media Group Inc. in 2005 to reflect its expanded geographic market and additional products and services.
Terry G. Housholder, who first went to work for the company while in high school in 1969, became president, publisher and chief executive officer in 2001. In January 2015, at his request, Householder stepped down as CEO to focus more time on content direction for KPC Media Group publications. He retained the role of president & publisher.
Senior managers for the company are Terry R. Ward, chief executive officer, and S. Rick Mitchell, chief financial officer.
Ward joined KPC as vice president of sales, digital and marketing in November 2012 and was quickly promoted to chief operating officer. In January 2015, Ward was promoted to CEO. He previously was the director of sales and digital for GateHouse Media’s Community Newspaper Division where he worked in a leadership capacity with publishers, advertising directors, sales managers and their teams representing 142 publications and related digital portfolios at 72 operating locations in 11 states. Before joining GateHouse, Ward was a publisher with Paxton Media Group. Ward started his newspaper career in 1989 as a reporter for his hometown newspaper in Chickasha, Okla.
Mitchell joined KPC in January 2013. He has more than 20 years of financial experience, working for various manufacturing companies in northeast Indiana.
Our Management Team
Terry G. Housholder is president and publisher of KPC Media Group Inc. He has been in management at KPC since 1977 and first went to work for the company while in high school in 1969.
Randy Mitchell, joining us in 2015, helps all the operations of KPC Media and all of it’s branches. He’ll be here to make sure that we operate at our fullest potential.
S. Rick Mitchell
Rick Mitchell, who oversees all financial matters for KPC Media Group, joined the company in 2013. He has more than 20 years of financial experience, all spent at companies in northeast Indiana.
Tom Anderson oversees operations and order processing for KPC Media Group’s direct mail division, KPC Direct. He has been with the company for several years.
Andy Eads oversees operations at Keyflow Creative. He has a team oriented focus, and a drive to grow our reach in the local markets.
Directories and Niche Publications
LeAnn Conley has worked with KPC for over 23 years and has concentrated on KPC’s telephone directories for the last 10. She recently took charge of sales for the new Greater FW Family Magazine.
As production manager, Gary Crager oversees all production operations at the Kendallville office, as well as repair and maintenance for all facilities. He has been with the company for 31 years.
Grace Housholder has filled numerous roles at KPC Media Group beginning in high school. Since 2005, she has been opinion page editor.
Claudia Johnson oversees marketing for KPC Media Group’s multi-platform products with more than 25 years of media experience and a passion for storytelling. She joined KPC in 2013.
Wes Townsley oversees delivery and consumer marketing needs for all of KPC Media Group’s publications.
Mark Newland manages and oversees the distribution department at KPC Media Group. He has worked in the printing industry for over 30 years and has been with the company since 2002.
Lucretia Cardenas is the editor of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and oversees the Fort Wayne editorial operations of KPC Media Group.
Dave Kurtz oversees the daily and weekly newspaper publications in DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben counties. He joined KPC Media Group’s news staff in 1974.
Jessica Newland oversees all projects for the print & design department. She has been with KPC Media Group since 2004, where she began as a graphic designer in the creative department.
Ann Saggars oversees the creative departments at KPC Media Group. She was previously classified supervisor and special section coordinator. She has been with the company 15 years.
Jill Carmody is human resource manager at KPC Media Group. She joined KPC Media Group in 2015.
Times Community Publications editor Garth Snow has shared community stories as a newspaper reporter or editor for 42 years. He joined KPC Media Group in 2012.
James Tew oversees online content for KPC Media Group products. He came to KPC in 2006, having worked in the Chicago area as a communications professional and journalist since 1991.
Barry Rochford is the managing
editor of The News Sun and oversees the Kendallville editorial operations of KPC Media Group. He has been with the company since 2006.