ABOUT US

The Salina Journal was founded as a weekly newspaper Feb. 16, 1871, by W.H. Johnson and M.D. Sampson.

The first edition was published just a year after the village of Salina, with a population of 1,000, was designated as a third-class city. The first newspaper arrived 13 years after the city was settled.

Coinciding with the birth of the newspaper was the town’s first real boom.

In 1887 Sampson converted the newspaper to a daily. The Journal and the Salina Republican, another daily, were consolidated in 1894.

U.S. Sen. Joseph L. Bristow purchased the newspaper in 1903 and renamed it the Salina Evening Journal.

On Oct. 13, 1925, the Evening Journal and the Daily Union were consolidated by R.J. Laubengayer. Roy F. Bailey was editor and Earl C. Woodward was the advertising manager. The name of the newspaper was again the Salina Journal.

In 1938, a part interest in the newspaper was acquired by the Harris newspapers. That same year, the Journal moved into the red brick building on the southwest corner of Seventh and Iron. The structure had served as Salina’s post office since 1896.

Harris bought controlling interest on Jan. 1, 1949. Bailey retired and was succeeded by Whitley Austin as editor. Woodward, who had become business manager, retires in 1954.

On. Jan. 8, 1962, the Journal moved to its new building at South and Fourth streets.

On Feb. 15, 1971, the Journal switched from hot metal to cold type production and from letterpress to offset lithography. At the same time it became the first newspaper in Kansas to adopt a 6-column format in both news and advertising.

Austin retired as editor and publisher on Feb. 15, 1975. He was succeeded by Fred P. Vandegrift as publisher and Glenn L. Williams as editor.

In the summer of 1975, The Journal became the first newspaper in Kansas to use an electronic video terminal system for news and classified advertising.

In 1982, Harris Rayl, associate editor of the Olathe Daily News, was named editor when Williams announced his retirement. Also that year, the Journal resumed publication of a Saturday edition and switched from afternoon to morning delivery. The Saturday edition had been dropped when the paper began its Sunday edition.

Vandegrift retired in 1985, and Rayl succeeded him as editor and publisher. In 1988, he gave up the title of editor, but remained publisher.

During Rayl’s tenure, the Journal became fully paginated. The interior of the building was remodeled, including an expansion of the newsroom.

On June 7, 1998, Tom Bell was named editor and publisher.

By the numbers


Daily circulation … 30,000
Annual newsprint usage … 4.8 million pounds
Annual black ink usage … 25 tons
Daily newspaper pages … 12,438
Coverage area … 30,000 sq. miles

(31 counties)
No. of employees … 135


PHONE NUMBERS

Salina Journal telephone 785-823-6363
Toll-Free number (in Kansas) 1-800-827-6363
News Dept. fax 785-827-6363
Sports Dept. fax 785-827-6060
Main fax 785-823-3207

ADDRESS


Salina Journal

333 S. 4th St.

Salina, KS 67401


CONTACT US

News and Sports

Ben Wearing

Executive Editor

785-822-1421

Sharon Montague

Deputy Editor

785-822-1411

Bob Davidson

Sports Editor
785-822-1404

Brian Bay
Sports

785-823-6363 Ext. 160

ArneGreenArne Green

Sports

785-822-1408

TroyPalenskeTroy Palenske

Sports

785-822-1413
Erik BonarErik Bonar

Sports

785-823-6363 Ext. 175
Tim Hostetter

Copy Desk

785-823-6363 Ext. 141
Gordon Fiedler

Reporter

785-822-1407

Brad CattBrad Catt

Copy Desk

785-822-1401
Jean Kozubowski

Copy Desk

785-822-1423
Duane Schrag
Reporter
785-822-1422
David CloustonDavid Clouston

Reporter

785-822-1403
Amy Adams

Copy Desk

785-823-6363 Ext. 115
Roshana Ariel

Copy Editor
Jeff Cooper

Photographer

785-823-6363 Ext. 161
Erin Mathews

Reporter
Zach Eckels

Copy Editor
Gary DemuthGary Demuth

Reporter

785-822-1405
Larry MortizLarry Moritz

Sports

785-822-1410
Mike Strand

Reporter

785-822-1418
Tom Dorsey

Photographer

785-822-1406 Ext. 161
Richae Morrow

Copy Desk

785-822-1412
Tim UnruhTim Unruh

Reporter

785-822-1419
     


Online Services
Tami Corn

New Media Director

785-822-1496
Kris Winters

Web Developer

785-822-1481
Rachel Norlin
Online Project Assistant

785-822-1451
     
     


Advertising
Kim Norwood

Advertising Director


785-822-1442

Christy Underwood

Sales Manager

785-822-1449

Linda Saenger

Advertising


785-822-1446
Derek Bergman

Creative Services

785-823-6363 Ext. 521
Brian Green

Advertising Rep.

785-822-1432
Sue Austin

Classified Ad Rep.

785-822-1429

Tina Campbell

Advertising Rep.

785-822-1430
Jamie Jeffries

Creative Services

785-822-1438
Tiffany Modlin

National & Majors Sales Rep.

785-823-6363
Wendy Chrobak

Creative Services

785-822-1431
Annette Klein

Creative Services

785-823-6363 Ext. 521
Shelby Day

Ad Services
Erica Wiseman
New Media Sales Rep.

785-822-1458
Debbie Nelson

Classified Ad Rep.

785-822-1440
Jamie Stroda

Advertising Rep.

785-822-1439
Erin Plumer

Advertising Rep.

785-822-1434
Debbie Putman

Advertising Rep.

785-822-1447

Matt Browne

New Media Sales Rep.
Debbie PorterDebbie Porter

Classified Ad Rep.

785-822-1445
Kathy Malm

Online Sales Coordinator

785-822-1453
 
     


Circulation
Tom Crosby

Circulation

Operations Manager

785-822-1475
Miranda Byrd

Promotions

Manager

785-822-1459
Mollie Purcell

Circulation Office Manager

785-822-1467
John Cole

District Sales Manager (State)

785-823-6363 Ext. 300
Nathan Nothern

District Sales Manager

(State)

785-822-1462
Faye Spencer

Lead

Customer Service

785-823-6363 Ext. 303
Vic Hanson

Single Copy Sales Manager

785-822-1471
Scott Hicks

District Sales Manager

(State)

785-822-1466
Jeanie Warner
NIE Coordinator
785-822-1470
Rachelle
Wheeler
Customer Service
Jennifer Doughman

Customer Service

785-822-1461
Rich Bronson

District Sales Manager

785-822-1460
Paul Bronson

District Sales Manager

(City)

785-822-1463
Bobbi Holzhauser

District Sales Manager

(City)

785-822-1463
Lynette
Wineinger


Customer Service

785-823-6363 Ext. 307
     


Pre-press and Press
Dave Atkinson

Production Director
785-822-1487
Norbert Laue

Distribution Manager
785-822-1468

Linda Pfeifer
Pre-Press Supervisor
785-822-1485
Rod Reidsma

Pre-Press

785-823-6363
Bob Kelly
Systems Manager
785-822-1483
Heidi Feyerherm
Pre-Press
785-822-1482
Kaleigh PostKaleigh Post
Pre-Press
785-822-1484
Tim HamiltonTim Hamilton

Building & Maintenance

785-822-1489
Steve WilsonSteve Wilson

Pre-Press

785-822-1482
Dawn Schnepf

Pre-press technician
Denise Fuller

Pre-press technician
 
     


Business Office
Tom Bell

Publisher
785-822-1491
Jacki Ryba

Business and Human Resources Director
785-822-1493
Roxy BeldenRoxy Belden

Business Office

785-822-1490
Patty Wilson

Customer Service

785-823-6363
Christy Fink
Business Office
785-822-1495
Melissa Windholz

Business Office


785-822-1494
Evey Gott

Customer Service

785-823-6363
Nellie Quade

Customer Service

785-823-6363
 
     


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