Marie Flynn Berner
Marie Flynn Berner is the matriarch of the family-owned Antigo Daily Journal, a newspaper that has served as a foundation of the community for more than 100 years.
Marie became publisher of the Antigo Daily Journal after her husband Artemas F. Berner died in 1963. Already involved in the family’s WATK-AM radio interests, she found success in her new role. Forty-five years later she could be considered the dean of Wisconsin newspaper publishers.
In 1963 Berner Brothers Publishing Company also included an expansive commercial printing operation and a retail office supply business, which continued to operate until 1972 when Marie made the decision to focus solely on the newspaper business. It is one she, and her community, have not regretted.
Her successes in the publishing industry reflect extraordinary news judgment, management and skills. Truly, the Antigo Daily Journal measures the heartbeat of the community: celebrating its successes, chronicling the lives of its residents, and helping maintain progress and optimism in good times and those less so.
Even today her joy for newspapers has not diminished. She remains active in newspaper operations on a daily basis, arriving at the office promptly every morning and begging off only for bridge games, another of her passions. Her other hobbies included golf, which she just gave up five years ago at the age of 91.
She insists on publishing a newspaper that is valued by its community, serving readers and advertisers alike with the highest quality of journalism. She has dedicated her time, talent and energies to protecting and improving the quality of life in Antigo and Langlade County, and has earned her community’s love and respect in return.