Archive for Wednesday, April 23, 2003

New editor takes helm at Sentinel

April 23, 2003

A new editor is taking the helm of the Basehor Sentinel, Bonner Springs Chieftain and Shawnee West Dispatch.

John Beal, who has been a reporter for the three papers since December, was named editor of the papers this month.

Beal, who has been a reporter, editor and educator for more than 30 years, fills the position vacated by editor Kevin Wright, who will become managing editor of The Olathe Daily News in Olathe.

"We're fortunate to have someone of John's caliber step into the position and lead our news coverage in these growing markets," said Bob Nordyke, director of news operations with the World Company's group of weekly newspapers. "John will continue our commitment to providing readers in the area with strong local content that's relevant to their lives. Kevin Wright has been a great asset to our papers and we want to build on the foundation he's helped build."

Beal began his journalism career in 1968 as a reporter and later an editor for The Fort Scott Tribune. He also served as an editor at The Kansas City Kansan, The Pittsburg Morning Sun and The Kansas City Star. He served as an editor for the Sosland Companies, publishers of grain-industry trade publications. Before joining the World Company, he served 13 years as director of community relations and adjunct faculty member in journalism and photography at Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott, Kan.

"I'm looking forward to this," Beal said. "I think being an editor of a community newspaper is one of the best jobs in journalism."

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