FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Ken Harty has been named publisher of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.
Wick Communication president and CEO, Francis Wick, has named Ken Harty publisher of the Daily Journal effective immediately.
“Harty brings a track record of successful newspaper operations and engagement with the community. His relationship with the region and local familial ties makes this a very exciting time for him and his family,” Wick said.
Harty is group publisher for Wick Communications. A second-generation newspaperman, Harty joined Wick in October 1992 where he worked in several departments of the Daily News in Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota. In 2002 he began serving as assistant advertising manager at the Daily Iberian in New Iberia, Louisiana.
In 2006, Harty was the advertising manager of the Daily Herald in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. In 2007 he returned to be publisher of his hometown newspaper in the Wahpeton/Breckenridge area. In late 2016 he became the publisher of the Williston Herald in Williston, North Dakota and is now proud to be the publisher of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.
“I was born and raised in Breckenridge, so I have a strong familiarity with the lakes area and Fergus Falls in general. I have a lot of passion for the newspaper industry and this area of the country. I look forward to working with the great staff at the Daily Journal and serving the community and surrounding area,” Harty added.
As a group publisher of Wick Communications, Harty oversees Wick newspaper operations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oregon and Montana. Ken resides on Long Lake just north of Fergus Falls, with his wife Esmeralda. They have two grown children, Jennifer and Jolene, three grandchildren, Caleb, Levi and Sophia. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.
The announcement also completes the acquisition of The Daily Journal by Wick Communications from Boone Newspapers, Inc. Wick Communications is a family-owned community media company with newspapers, websites, magazines and specialty publications in 10 states. The home office is in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Wick publishes newspapers in Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington.
“Wick is very grateful to have been provided the opportunity to carry on the important and meaningful work of The Daily Journal. We believe a community’s relationship with its newspaper is an essential part of maintaining a healthy and well-informed citizenry,” Wick said.