Dena Sattler assumes publication leadership for several southwestern Kansas newspapers while remaining head of Garden City Telegram for GateHouse Media.
As part of organization-wide restructuring, GateHouse Media announced Friday that Dena Sattler has been named publisher of The Pratt Tribune, Kiowa County Signal, St. John News and The Dodge City Daily Globe. She is currently the publisher of The Garden City Telegram and will continue in that role as a group publisher for GateHouse Media. She replaces Conrad Easterday. The appointment is effective immediately.
"I'm pleased Dena has accepted the role of group publisher for our papers in southwest Kansas," said Stephen Wade, GateHouse Senior Group Publisher. "She has demonstrated a passion for community journalism. She recognizes the important role our media companies play in the towns we serve. She knows that both our readers and local businesses rely on the Tribune."
Sattler has served as editor-publisher of The Garden City Telegram since April 2004, she is also the legislative director of the Kansas Press Association and serves on the KPA board of directors.
Her newspaper career started in 1985 with a summer internship at her hometown daily newspaper, The Hawk Eye in Burlington, Iowa, while she was a student at the University of Iowa. She was hired the same year as a general assignment reporter for The Hawk Eye.
During 13 years in The Hawk Eye’s newsroom, Sattler also covered the cops-courthouse beat and served as a feature writer, lifestyles editor, sports editor and weekend editor.
She was selected in 1998 for Harris Enterprises’ management training program, which sent her to three Harris papers in Kansas — The Garden City Telegram, The Hutchinson News and The Ottawa Herald — where she worked in every phase of newspaper operations.
After completion of the training program and a stint as assistant to the publisher at The Ottawa Herald, Sattler became advertising-marketing director for The Garden City Telegram in 2003. Less than a year later, she moved into The Telegram’s editor-publisher position.
She served as KPA president in 2013-14.
"Dena has a wonderful reputation throughout the state as part of her advocacy of community newspapers," Wade said. "She will be a visible and involved presence in the market."
Easterday has worked at the Pratt Tribune for 28 years, moving from news editor to publisher and adding oversight to the Kiowa County Signal, St. John News and The Dodge City Daily Globe through the years.
"Conrad did a great job in the Dodge, Pratt, Kiowa County and St. John's markets," Wade said. "His service and dedication is greatly appreciated."