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Shaw veteran new Sauk Valley publisher

Sam Fisher takes reins of Telegraph, Daily Gazette

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 5:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:36 p.m. CDT

Sam Fisher, who has been with Shaw Media for 31 years, was named Tuesday as publisher of Sauk Valley Media.

Fisher, who is currently publisher of the Bureau County Republican in Princeton, succeeds Trevis Mayfield, who resigned last month after 9 years with the company.

In announcing the new publisher, company President John Rung said Fisher would assume oversight of publications of the Telegraph, Daily Gazette, Ogle County Newspapers and Prairie Advocate, in addition to the Bureau County Republican, Putnam County Record and Tonica News. He will be based in Sterling.

Fisher, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, joined Shaw Media in 1983 and held various management positions at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake and at the Kane County Chronicle. He also had been a corporate sales trainer before he was promoted to publisher at Princeton in 1993.

He is an executive committee member of the Illinois Press Association and has been active in Princeton with Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Main Street, Bureau County United Way, Princeton Youth Soccer, and Princeton Public Library, among other organizations.

Fisher lives in Princeton with his daughter, Meg, and he has two grown children, Brooke and Ben.

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