Van Baalen named publisher


Veteran newspaper executive Pete Van Baalen, who has nearly two decades of experience throughout Indiana, has been named the publisher of The Elkhart Truth.

Van Baalen, who joined The Truth in November 2014, had served as the company’s general manager.

“Not only is Pete experienced and engaged in the legacy side of the businesses, but he is also focused on the digital side as well – which is the future of our industry,” said John F. Dille, president of Truth Publishing Co. “And he’s a lifelong Hoosier.”

Van Baalen, who lives in Elkhart and is active in several local organizations, also is a member of the Hoosier State Press Association Board of Directors.

“I am honored to be a part of the Elkhart community, Federated Media and The Elkhart Truth. To be named publisher of this great organization is a tremendous thrill for me,” Van Baalen said.

Prior to joining The Elkhart Truth, Van Baalen had worked for 17 years at CNHI, a publishing company that operates about 130 newspapers across the United States, including nine daily newspapers and four other publications in Indiana.

He held numerous roles at CNHI, including vice president of sales and marketing, regional advertising director, and regional publisher.

Van Baalen and his wife, Ruth, have a son, Eric, 18. He is a member of the advisory board of the Salvation Army of Elkhart County as well as Child and Parent Services.

– The Elkhart Truth