Daily Clarion veteran to retire

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Gary Blackburn
Gary Blackburn

Gary Blackburn, longtime Princeton Daily Clarion publisher, has announced plans to retire from his position this spring.

Blackburn, who will be 66 later this month, has been publisher in Princeton since 1989. Before that, he was publisher for five years at Warrick Publishing, also a Brehm Communications property. He joined The Daily Clarion’s parent company in 1983 as a general manager in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Retirement plans include relocation to the Indianapolis area with his wife, Shirley, where their daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren reside.

“Gary has been a very valuable member of the BCI management team over the years,” said Bill Brehm Jr., president. “His newspaper and commercial printing knowledge and community involvement has been critical to the success of The Daily Clarion and Tri-State Media.”

Brehm said the company has begun a search to find a replacement for Blackburn.

Blackburn was a member of the Hoosier State Press Association board from 1989-1997, serving as president from 1994-95.

Blackburn has been active in the county and community as the founding president of the Gibson County Community Foundation, vice president of the Gibson County Chamber of Commerce, member of the Princeton mayor’s advisory committee and president of the Princeton Rotary Club. He currently serves on the board of the Gibson County Area Rehabilitation Center. He is a member of Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh.

Blackburn holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.