Goshen News, Goshen, IN

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December 29, 2011

Kroemer to retire as News' publisher

GOSHEN — Jim Kroemer, publisher of The Goshen News since 2007, will retire from that position Saturday.

“I am so privileged to have spent the last five years of my career here in Goshen and only wish it could have been longer,” Kroemer said. “Goshen is an amazing community; open, caring and proud of its heritage. And people here really love their newspaper.”

Ron Smith, publisher of the Times-Herald in Washington, Ind., for the past 11 years, will take over as publisher in Goshen effective Sunday.

“I look forward to working with the staff of The Goshen News to continue the excellent product that has been provided under Jim’s leadership,” Smith said. “I view this newspaper as the public’s newspaper and will welcome any advice and guidance as we move forward.”

Kroemer graduated from Concordia High School in Milwaukee, and Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich. He also studied journalism at IPFW in Fort Wayne. His career began in 1968 when he took a reporting job at the News-Sun in Kendallville and has spanned more than 43 years with additional stops in Auburn and Martinsville in Indiana and Champaign-Urbana in Illinois. He started out as a reporter and eventually moved into management.

Kroemer came to Goshen as publisher of The Goshen News in August 2007 from Kentucky where he had been publisher of The Winchester Sun. In Goshen, he has been active in the Goshen Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors of the United Way of Elkhart County, Elkhart County Council on Aging and Downtown Goshen Inc. Kroemer and his wife Cheryl attend Nappanee Missionary Church.

Smith grew up in Rockville, Ind. and graduated from Rockville High School. He also attended Lincoln Trail College and Wabash Valley College. Smith started his newspaper career as a district manager in the circulation department of the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Ind. He was promoted to home delivery manager then circulation director of the Tribune-Star before accepting the same position with the Commercial-News in Danville, Ill. He served in that position until Nov. 11, 2000, when he became publisher of the Times-Herald.

“Jim has done a great job in Goshen and he will certainly be missed,” said Henry Bird, senior vice-president of CNHI. “He really connected with this community. Ron Smith will also do a wonderful job in Goshen. He is a veteran journalist who understands the importance of solid community journalism.”

Both The Goshen News and the Washington Times-Herald are owned by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., a Montgomery, Ala.-based communications company. CNHI owns and operates more than 200 daily and weekly newspapers, related web sites, magazines and other products and services throughout the United States.

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