AUBURN — With the new announcement of the semi-retirement of long-time Star editor Dave Kurtz, KPC Media Group would like to announce latest promotions.
Andy Barrand, KPC Media Group assistant editor, has been promoted to editor of The Star. Jeff Jones has been promoted to assistant editor of The Star. He will also continue on his responsibilities as editor of The Garrett Clipper and Butler Bulletin.
Barrand, a 27-12 months journalism veteran, commenced his vocation with the Herald Republican as a freelance photographer in 1993 right before remaining hired as a entire-time photographer in 1997. He served as guide photographer for KPC Media Team until eventually 2008, leaving to take a place with the Journal Overview in Crawfordsville.
Barrand served in quite a few roles in the course of his time at the Journal Assessment, which include serving as evening editor. In 2014 he took a direct position at the Hillsdale Day by day News, in Hillsdale, Michigan, just before being named editor of the Hillsdale Every day Information in 2017.
He returned to KPC Media Team in September 2019, serving as assistant editor.
More than his journalism vocation, Barrand has received many state journalism awards and attended the prestigious Missouri Photo Workshop. Around its 73 decades in existence, the Missouri Photograph Workshop’s roster of school and university student reads like a Who’s Who of photojournalism.
Barrand is a graduate of Ball State College, majoring in photojournalism. He at the moment resides in Coldwater, Michigan, with his spouse, Jamie, and son, William. He has a daughter, Danielle, who life in Auburn, and has 3 grandsons.
“In having on the part as editor of The Star, I seem ahead to continuing to be a chief in neighborhood journalism, highlighting those tales that have an impact on DeKalb County and the encompassing place,” Barrand mentioned. “I have massive shoes to fill, but I am searching ahead to the challenge.”
Using about the Auburn and Waterloo town beats alongside with the county defeat, Barrand reported he is on the lookout ahead to working with his resources to convey the information to the readers of The Star.
“Our employees will continue to present the very same good protection of area occasions and news,” he reported.
Jones is a extensive-time employee of KPC Media Group, beginning in January 2006. He was named editor of The Butler Bulletin when the newspaper was procured by KPC Media Team. Prior to that, he spent 20 several years with The Butler Bulletin as a sporting activities and news reporter, covering Butler, St. Joe and Spencerville.
Given that then, Jones has develop into an essential component of The Star’s employees, creating attribute tales, masking quite a few government conferences and sporting activities all over DeKalb County and northeast Indiana.
He has received multiple 1st-location awards in the Hoosier Point out Press Association’s Far better Newspaper Contest for his tales and pictures.
“I appreciate telling stories about individuals I meet when also trying to keep people educated about what happens in DeKalb County,” Jones said.
Jones and wife, Joleen, reside in Auburn. They have two adult daughters.