Category Archives: Member News

Death Notice: Dennis Losness

Dennis Losness, a lifelong newspaperman and former publisher of the Cornell Courier, died Dec. 16 in Hudson after a battle with cancer. He was 85. Dennis began his newspaper career as a freshman in high school at the Amery Free Press, learning to set movable type and gaining essential journalistic skills. He went on to…

Remember When: Publishers grew, sold Christmas trees for scholarships

Beginning in the mid-1960s, Wisconsin publishers began a unique tradition in an effort to raise money for journalism students — they started growing Christmas trees. Proceeds from the harvests funded annual scholarships to Wisconsin journalism students who planned on careers in community journalism. To bring attention to the scholarship and forestry education, publishers occasionally sold…

Death Notice: Mollyann Emerson

Mollyann G. Emerson, who along with her husband, Richard “Dick” Emerson, published the DeForest Times-Tribune and Poynette Press for many years, died Dec. 9 at UW Hospital in Madison. Molly graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1960 and received a degree in nursing from Madison Area Technical College. Molly and Dick were married in…

Death Notice: Helen Everson

Helen Viola Everson, longtime editor and publisher of the Edgerton Reporter, died Monday in the care of her family at her home. She was 98. Helen and her husband, Harland, purchased the Edgerton Reporter in 1951 and she devoted her efforts to building the newspaper. She continued to be the “boots on the ground” for…

Death Notice: Gail T. Griswold

Gail T. Griswold, who owned the West Salem Journal with her husband, Donald W. Griswold, died Nov. 23 at the age of 93. She was born June 13, 1924, in Sparta and graduated from West Salem High School in 1942. In 1945, she graduated from the St. Francis Nursing School in La Crosse and married…

Stanley joins WNA Board of Directors

George Stanley, editor and senior vice president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has joined the WNA Board of Directors as its newest member. The board was scheduled to meet Thursday for its regular quarterly meeting in Madison. Stanley was named editor of the Journal Sentinel in 2015 after leading the newsroom as managing editor for…

Kahl joins Watertown Daily Times sports staff

Tom Kahl, a veteran Wisconsin sports reporter, has joined the news staff of the Watertown Daily Times and will share sports coverage with sports editor Kevin Wilson. Kahl was sports editor of the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen for more than 14 years and also worked with radio stations in Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac….

Cramer joins Unified Newspaper Group

Unified Newspaper Group in Verona announced Alexander Cramer has joined its staff as a reporter. Cramer was raised in western Massachusetts and came to Madison in 2006 to study at the University of Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and traveled the country and the world. He returned to Madison in 2016 and…

Wis. Historical Society’s newspaper librarian retires

The Wisconsin Historical Society newspaper and periodicals librarian, Ron Larson, retired on Nov. 3. Larson, who worked at the Historical Society since Dec. 2009, had worked at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times as library director and researcher for 30 years, from 1978 to 2008. At the Wisconsin Historical Society, Larson was responsible…

Aubinger honored posthumously with tourism award

Michael Aubinger, the late publisher and editor of The Press in Ashwaubenon and president of the village of Ashwaubenon, was honored posthumously Oct. 18 with the Tim Quigley Tourism Award. The award was presented by the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) during the group’s fall luncheon. Board member Pat Olejniczak said Aubinger…