News release from KPC Media Group:
Terry R. Ward named CEO of KPC Media Group
KENDALLVILLE, IN (December 19, 2014) â€” Terry R. Ward, chief operating officer of KPC Media Group Inc., has been promoted to chief executive officer of the northeast Indiana-based firm, effective Jan. 1.
The announcement came today from Terry G. Housholder, president, publisher and CEO of KPC Media Group. Housholder, 62, who has worked for the Witwer family-owned company since high school, has been KPC’s CEO since 2001. At his request, Housholder is taking the role of senior executive over content strategy for the company. He will continue as president and publisher.
“I am very pleased to be handing over the reins of our company’s leadership to Terry Ward, who is a seasoned newspaperman with strong digital management experience,” Housholder said. “He has the skills, enthusiasm and commitment to move us forward as we strive to better serve our communities.”
“This is such an exciting time for KPC,” said Terry Ward. “With our recent acquisitions and the new products and staff we have added, KPC is growing by leaps and bounds at a time when most newspaper companies are shrinking. I credit the strong visionary leadership of Terry Housholder and the board of directors for the success and extraordinary growth KPC has experienced. I take on this new role with a great appreciation for the support and enthusiasm this family-owned company offers to the communities it serves and I will continue to honor that tradition.”
Ward, 42, joined KPC as vice president of sales, digital and marketing in November 2012. In May 2013, he was named chief operating officer for KPC. In addition to his role as CEO, Ward is also assuming the title as publisher of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and the Times Community Publications.
Ward, his wife, Quinn, and three young children, live at Waldron Lake near Rome City.
A native of Oklahoma, Ward stared his career as a reporter in high school at his hometown newspaper in Chickasha, Oklahoma. 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.
Housholder first went to work at KPC in 1969 as a sports writer. He attended Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, served two years in the U.S. Army and then returned to KPC. From 1974-79, he was a reporter for The News Sun. He was managing editor of The News Sun from 1979-2001. He has been CEO of KPC since February 2001.
Housholder’s wife, Grace, who also has a four-decade career with KPC, is a reporter and columnist for the newspaper company her family has owned since 1969. The couple have four grown children and two grandchildren.
About KPC Media Group
KPC Media Group has been locally owned since its founding in 1911. Along with a weekly business newspaper, it publishes three daily newspapers, five weekly newspapers, one semi-weekly newspaper, four community oriented monthly newspapers in Allen County, a bimonthly family magazine, along with phone books and real estate guides. The company also has commercial design, printing and direct mail divisions and offers expanded digital services.