He replaces Mark Miller who had served in those capacities as well as editor since 1997 and who is retiring. Miller will remain on the board of the local family-owned daily and will serve as the opinion page editor on a part-time basis.
Brown, 47, formerly served as the publisher of the Post and Mail in Columbia City, Ind., and most recently the president of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce. After graduating from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, he started at the Post and Mail in 1993 as a graphic designer and remained at the newspaper for 17 years, serving as advertising manager, general manager, and then seven years as the newspaper’s publisher.
Miller, 66, began his career at the Decatur (Ind.) Daily Democrat in 1975 in ad sales. He served as general manager and publisher there from 1987 to 1997 before joining the News-Banner. He is a graduate of Ball State University.
David R. Schultz was named editor of The News-Banner, replacing Miller in that role. He has been the assistant editor since joining the newspaper in 2008. A native of Aberdeen, Md., Schultz, 63, is a graduate of what was then Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Ill. He has held two full-time local minister positions in Indiana and worked either full- or part-time for four newspapers, most recently the Huntington (Ind.) Herald-Press, before coming to the News-Banner.