Editor to retire at end of 2012

Robert Banser

Robert Banser Jr., editor of The News and Sun (Dunkirk) since 1993, announced his retirement effective Dec. 28.

Under his tenure, the Dunkirk weekly has won numerous journalism awards from the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation.

“Bob has made a significant contribution over the better part of two decades to the Dunkirk area community,” said News and Sun publisher Jack Ronald. “He’s earned the opportunity to put his feet up and relax.”

Ronald said Banser would continue to be listed on the newspaper’s masthead as editor emeritus and will write an occasional column or feature story for the paper.

“We’d like him to continue to be a part of The News and Sun on an informal basis as long as he wants,” Ronald said.

Banser has had health problems this fall but returned to work recently and was on hand for his 20th annual Koffee Klatsch, a holiday gathering for the community at the newspaper’s offices in Dunkirk.

Prior to joining The News and Sun, Banser served for three years as news editor of The Shelbyville News and for 16 years as a reporter and editor for Star Publications in the greater Chicago area.

Banser, 66, was born and raised in Chicago and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1969. He earned a master of arts degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University in 1972.

– The News and Sun (Dunkirk)