MADISON - Former Beloit Daily News Publisher Kent Eymann is scheduled to be inducted Nov. 14 into the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame.
The event, sponsored by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, will be held at The Madison Club near the state capitol building. Eymann will be inducted along with two others, Elliott Maraniss (posthumous) of The Capital Times (Madison) and Susan Shemanske of The Journal Times (Racine).
Eymann joined the Beloit Daily News in the early 1990s, as the paper's director of advertising. In 1994, upon the retirement of Publisher William Behling, Eymann was appointed publisher by the newspaper's parent company, the Hagadone Corporation. He held that position until the acquisition of the Beloit Daily News this past summer by Adams Publishing Group.
During his tenure at the paper the Beloit Daily News was recognized with dozens of awards for its editorial and advertising content, including being named "Best of Division" statewide in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's 2019 Better Newspaper Contest.
"This accomplishment with the Hall of Fame is the direct result of the Beloit Daily News teams I was able to work with," Eymann said. "I'm very proud and honored to be recognized for what we were able to do together."
Beyond Eymann's roles with the newspaper he became a leader in the Hagadone Corporation's strategies into digital publishing and marketing, playing an instrumental part in the company's development of a technology start-up firm.
Eymann also was active in a number of ways with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the industry's state organization which provides advocacy with government for transparency, the profession of journalism and the business of publishing. He served several years on the WNA's board of directors, and is a past president.
"Being involved with the WNA was one of the most rewarding affiliations I was ever a part of," Eymann said. "Having the opportunity to work side by side with fellow colleagues gave me an incredible wealth of information throughout my career. I will be eternally grateful to the WNA for their efforts in keeping our industry front and center."
With his induction, Eymann becomes the third Beloit Daily News associate in the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame, along with the late Bill Behling and Editor Bill Barth.
Eymann was born and raised in Forest City, Iowa, in a family that operated a John Deere dealership in farming country.
He moved into the publishing industry in the mid-1980s with Shopper Enterprises, working on the advertising and business side with stops in Rochester and Austin, Minnesota, and Forest City and Mason City, Iowa.
He and his wife, Diane, have two children - Andy, 31, and Dr. Stephanie Eymann, a professor of nursing at Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois.