Former Telegraph account exec named publisher of The Times

November 17, 2018

OTTAWA – Shaw Media has named Dan Goetz publisher of The Times, effective Jan. 7, 2019.

Goetz is a 25-year employee of Shaw Media and currently publisher of the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa – a position he’s held since 2008.

As publisher, Goetz also will oversee business operations of the Bureau County Republican.

Goetz began his newspaper career in 1994 as an advertising account executive at the Telegraph in Dixon, working his way up to major accounts manager and advertising director in 1997 and 1999, respectively, for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling.

Goetz and his wife, Lydia, will be moving to the Ottawa area, and Goetz notes he’s excited about getting involved in the local communities.

“Everything I have learned about Ottawa, Streator and Starved Rock Country tells me that it would be a great community to work and live in,” Goetz said. “Everything that I have learned about The Times and the folks that work there tell me that it would be a great organization to be part of.”

Goetz has two grown daughters, Christin (son-in-law Kelly), of Elmhurst, and Julia (son-in-law Tim), of Milwaukee, as well as two grandsons, Luke and Tate.

Kevin Elder, Shaw Media’s vice president of shared services, has been serving as interim general manager of The Times since July.

“Dan is a proven leader, both within the company and in the community. I look forward to Dan joining the teams in Ottawa and Streator and believe he will be a terrific addition,” said Don Bricker, Shaw Media’s vice president of operations.

Goetz said his career with Shaw Media continues to be fulfilling.

“I have worked for Shaw Media for almost 25 years. During those years I have worked for and with several people who I would consider mentors,” Goetz said.

“Shaw Media has always been a company that promotes from within, and I have benefited from that philosophy. So I have learned from many I have worked for and with. That said, the past 10 years as publisher of the Daily News in Newton, Iowa has prepared me well.”

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