Bill Albrecht and Bradley M. Harmon
GateHouse Media

Presentation Topic:  The Newspaper is the News - Present & Future

July 19, 2018
Luncheon sponsored by:

Luncheon Menu

Herb grilled chicken breast salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, grilled zucchini and squash served with ranch or balsamic dressing

Vegetarian/GF option: Roasted vegetable salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, grilled zucchini and squash served with balsamic dressing

about the speaker

Bill Albrecht was named the President and Publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal on May 14, 2018.  A responsibility that covers the extensive audience that the Beacon Journal portfolio reaches and the impact of helping business reach the audiences they desire through a sophisticated toolbox of digital and print techniques.

In addition, Albrecht is the Group Publisher for GateHouse Media Ohio, which includes websites and publications in Canton, Kent, Alliance, Massillon, Wooster, Ashland, Dover/New Philadelphia and Cambridge markets. 

Originally, from what he calls the real Midwest, Bill grew up just outside of Dubuque, IA and spent most of his career in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota.  However, he did live in Newark, Ohio previously while working for another media company.  Throughout his career, he has been in large and small markets; worked for privately held and publically traded companies.

As the industry has changed through the years, Bill has taken a few non-traditional steps in his career.  Venturing out of the main stream to run a Niche Publishing operation and working on a startup database marketing company in the mid-90s.  As he moved markets, Bill has engaged with the communities he and his wife Lisa have lived.  He has been active on United Way Boards, Junior Achievement Boards and State Newspaper Association Boards among others.  He currently is on the Wooster Main Street Board.

With the new appointment, there are challenges but there is also opportunity for the Beacon Journal.  As a business model, Albrecht believes that what the Akron Beacon Journal offers in civic impact through community journalism and providing solutions for local businesses to drive their business is valuable, and at its core will continue far into the future.  Regardless of platform.

Mr. Albrecht is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a minor in Psychology.

Bradley M. Harmon is the President and Publisher of the Dispatch Media Group covering the Columbus Dispatch and its comprehensive portfolio of print and digital products. In addition to his Dispatch Media Group responsibilities, Harmon is President of the Central U.S. Operations in eight states for GateHouse Media. Brad joined GateHouse Media in 2010 where he served as Corporate Vice President of Sales & Marketing and then on to Regional Vice President for the company’s largest daily newspapers.  Brad was named President and Publisher of the Dispatch Media Group on October 26, 2015 after GateHouse purchased the company in June of 2015.

 Harmon began his media career at The Willoughby News-Herald and then progressed on as a young executive to Thompson Publications in Mansfield, Ohio.  Before joining GateHouse Media he excelled through the ranks of senior sales and marketing positions at a series of media companies, including The Oregonian in Portland, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Indianapolis Star and the Cincinnati Enquirer. Brad is a member of the Columbus Partnership and a board member of the Ohio Newspaper Association.

Mr. Harmon is a graduate of Lake Erie College with a Bachelor of Science in marketing.

Brad now resides in Delaware, Ohio with his wife Rachel and their two sons Grant and Gavin.